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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Telegram founder Pavel Durov claims that 3M new users signed up to the service during a 24 hour period which coincides with the period of Facebook outages   —  Messaging platform Telegram claims to have had a surge in signups during a period of downtime for Facebook's rival messaging services.
Mar 14, 2019, 2:30 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google quietly adds DuckDuckGo and other privacy-focused search engines as an option for Chrome users in more than 60 markets   —  In an update to the chromium engine, which underpins Google's popular Chrome browser, the search giant has quietly updated the lists of default search engines …
Mar 13, 2019, 11:30 AMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Dutch data protection agency says that blanket “cookie walls” that require visitors to accept all the cookies before accessing a site, violate GDPR   —  Cookie walls that demand a website visitor agrees to their internet browsing being tracked for ad-targeting as the “price” …
Mar 8, 2019, 1:25 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn suspends emails to connections when a European member has been mentioned in the news, after algorithm mixes up identities   —  LinkedIn has been forced to ‘pause’ a feature in Europe in which the platform emails members' connections when they've been ‘mentioned in the news’.
Feb 28, 2019, 9:35 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Irish Data Protection Commission report: watchdog received 2,864 complaints in 2018 after May 25, when GDPR came into force, compared to 2,642 for all of 2017   —  A report by the lead data watchdog for a large number of tech giants operating in Europe shows a significant increase …
Feb 28, 2019, 1:00 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UK parliament's report on fake news and disinformation says “digital gangster” Facebook deliberately broke laws, calls for antitrust, data abuse investigations   —  A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes …
Feb 17, 2019, 7:10 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Security researcher says Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages users have deleted, which may be illegal under the EU's new GDPR laws   —  When does “delete” really mean delete?  Not always or even at all if you're Twitter .  —  Twitter retains direct messages for years …
Feb 15, 2019, 7:30 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Report finds evidence of 90+ cases of child sex offenses via dating services like Tinder, as the UK considers expanding age verification checks to dating apps   —  The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation …
Feb 11, 2019, 11:35 AMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU report: tech firms are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and 72% of such illegal hate speech is removed, up from 40% and 28% in 2016   —  In its latest monitoring report of a voluntary Code of Conduct on illegal hate speech, which platforms including Facebook …
Feb 4, 2019, 5:15 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
GDPR complaint against Google and IAB by privacy advocates claims that ad category lists enable mass broadcasting of intimate personal data   —  Male impotence, substance abuse, right-wing politics, left-wing politics, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, mental health.
Jan 28, 2019, 8:50 AMIn context

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