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Hotel firm Marriott to be fined £99 million for data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office will fine the hotel chain for the breach which affected around 339 million people Hotel chain Marriott is facing a fine of £99 million over a data breach which is estimated to have affected around 339 million customers. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fine relates to a data breach at the… Read More


Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

Most citizens would prefer UK-based and regulated universities and companies to handle unidentifiable patient data The majority of the public would not trust NHS patient data being in the hands of multinational tech giants, even if it is anonymized, a survey suggests. While seven in 10 people acknowledged that sharing anonymous patient data could improve… Read More


San Francisco bans police use of facial recognition technology

The Californian city is the first in the US to outlaw the technology San Francisco officials have voted to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments. The decision by the legislative Board of Supervisors makes the Californian city the first in the US to outlaw a rapidly developing technology… Read More


540 million Facebook account records found on unprotected AWS S3 buckets

Facebook data dump found by security researchers on unprotected AWS instances Facebook user data has been found publicly accessible on AWS, a new report from security researchers says. Cybersecurity firm UpGuard said it found more than 540 million records – including account names, comments and likes – had been stored publicly on AWS S3 buckets… Read More


Facebook secretly paid teenagers to install data harvesting app

Social media platform has been caught paying teenage users to install a VPN app that decrypts and harvests virtually all of their mobile internet activity Facebook has been paying people to install a VPN called “Facebook Research” that gives it root access to network traffic, allowing it to decrypt and analyse phone activity, TechCrunch reports…. Read More



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