Google to pay record $391m privacy settlement in the US

Google will pay $391.5m to settle allegations about how it collects data from users. The technology giant tracked the location of users who opted out of location services on their devices, 40 US states said. Google has been told to be transparent about location tracking in the future and develop a web page telling people about the data it collects. It is the largest privacy-related multi-state settlement in US history. A Google official said: “Consistent with improvements we’ve made in recent years, we have settled this investigation, which was based on outdated product policies that we changed years ago.” Last … Continue reading Google to pay record $391m privacy settlement in the US

TikTok says staff in China can access UK and EU user data

Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok has told users that some of its workers in China have access to the data of accounts in the UK and European Union. The social media giant said the “privacy policy” was “based on a demonstrated need to do their job”. It has come under scrutiny from authorities around the world, including the UK and US, over concerns data could be passed to the Chinese government. Earlier this week, a US official called for the app to be banned in America. TikTok said the policy applies to “the European Economic Area, United Kingdom and Switzerland”. Elaine … Continue reading TikTok says staff in China can access UK and EU user data

New EU law could open up messaging and app buying

New rules designed to rein in the dominance of big tech companies are coming into force in the EU. Under the Digital Markets Act (DMA), technology giants such as Google and Apple could be made to open up their services and platforms to other firms and developers. Messaging apps, for example, could be required to work with smaller rival applications. The legislation will not apply in the UK because of Brexit. In the European Union, the act will change the rules for companies of large size and influence – the so-called gatekeeper firms. But some of the larger firms have … Continue reading New EU law could open up messaging and app buying

New revelation about the hacking of Liz Truss phone prompts calls for investigation

The government has been urged to open an investigation into claims former prime minister Liz Truss’s phone was hacked while she was foreign secretary. The Mail on Sunday reported private messages between Ms Truss and foreign officials, including about the Ukraine war, fell into foreign hands. The hack was discovered during the summer Tory leadership campaign but the news was suppressed, the paper said. The government said it had “robust” cyber-threat protection in place. The spokesperson added that the government “did not comment on individuals’ security arrangements”. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove told Sky News he did not know the … Continue reading New revelation about the hacking of Liz Truss phone prompts calls for investigation

TikTok blamed by filmmaker for allowing abusive comments on video

A video on TikTok about sexual consent has been swamped with comments from men accusing women of alleging assault. Many of them mention Andrew Tate, the controversial influencer who has been banned from several platforms for his misogynist views. The two-minute video, from an account with about 1,700 followers, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times. Its creator Emmeline Hartley says she believes TikTok’s algorithms are driving more hate towards the film. People using TikTok are served content based on a mixture of videos they have previously liked, and on which people like them have watched and commented. TikTok said … Continue reading TikTok blamed by filmmaker for allowing abusive comments on video

TikTok denies it could be used to track US citizens

TikTok has denied a report that a China-based team at its parent company ByteDance planned to use the app to track the locations of US citizens. The social media giant said on twitter that it has never been used to “target” the American government, activists, public figures or journalists. The firm also says it does not collect precise location data from US users. It was responding to a report in Forbes that data would have been accessed without users’ knowledge or consent. The US business magazine, which cited documents it had seen, reported that ByteDance had started a monitoring project to investigate … Continue reading TikTok denies it could be used to track US citizens

Photos: Apple reveals iPhone 14 Pro and Watch Ultra

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 14, with emergency satellite connectivity and car crash detection technology, at a launch event in the US. The company revealed four versions of the new handset at its Cupertino headquarters, with an audience attending in person for the first time since the pandemic. It also showed off a new extreme sports wearable – the Watch Ultra. The event focused on next generation iPhone, Watch and AirPod products. Apple CEO Tim Cook was on stage at the Steve Jobs theatre inside the tech giant’s California campus – but the presentation itself was entirely pre-recorded. Apple Watch … Continue reading Photos: Apple reveals iPhone 14 Pro and Watch Ultra

Trump’s Truth Social barred from Google Play

Former US President Donald Trump’s social media platform has been barred from Google Play. Google says the platform violates its policies on prohibiting content like physical threats and incitement to violence. The move makes it difficult for users with Android phones to download the app. Devin Nunes, the CEO of Truth Social, has previously called Google a “monopoly”. Truth Social launched on Apple’s App Store in February, though the roll-out was beset by problems. However, the app isn’t available on Google Play, where the vast majority of apps are downloaded on Android phones. Last week Truth Social’s CEO said the decision … Continue reading Trump’s Truth Social barred from Google Play

Apple launches Lockdown Mode to block spyware attacks

Apple has announced a new security feature to protect high-risk users from spyware cyber-attacks. Lockdown Mode will be available in the autumn with the next operating system across all of the company’s iPhones, iPads and Macs. The setting blocks certain functions and prevents unknown users from calling. It comes after Apple devices owned by activists, politicians and journalists were infected with spyware. Apple is currently suing Israeli spyware firm NSO group, accusing it of targeting victims in 150 different countries with its powerful Pegasus spyware. The firm’s software could infect both iPhones and Android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos … Continue reading Apple launches Lockdown Mode to block spyware attacks

Twitter challenges India order to take down tweets

Twitter has mounted a legal challenge in India against government orders to take down content. The social media giant has filed a petition with the high court in Karnataka state resisting “several” such orders, sources told the BBC. Twitter was reacting to a letter from the government in June warning of “serious consequences” of non-compliance of such orders. Twitter has more than 24 million users in India, by one estimate. Hours after the petition was filed, federal minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar tweeted that all foreign Internet platforms had to comply with Indian laws. Sources familiar with the matter said the government … Continue reading Twitter challenges India order to take down tweets

Millions of iPhones won’t get new iOS 16 update as models incompatible

Apple has announced its new iPhone update, iOS 16, but millions are set to miss out simply because their phone is too old. Several models of the phone will be unable to upgrade to the new version of the software, which was announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event this week. You will need an iPhone 8 or later to get the new iOS 16 software. Two generations of iPhone have been cut off – the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7- and the first generation iPhone SE also will not be compatible, although it was with iOS 15.5. … Continue reading Millions of iPhones won’t get new iOS 16 update as models incompatible

Canada to ban China’s Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

Canada says it will ban two of China’s biggest telecoms equipment makers from working on its 5G phone networks. The restrictions against Huawei and ZTE were announced by the country’s industry minister on Thursday. Francois-Philippe Champagne says the move will improve Canada’s mobile internet services and “protect the safety and security of Canadians”. Several nations – including the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand – have already put restrictions on the firms. The four countries, along with Canada, make up an intelligence-sharing arrangement named ‘Five Eyes’. It evolved during the cold war as a mechanism for monitoring the Soviet Union and sharing classified … Continue reading Canada to ban China’s Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks