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UK class action accuses Google of unlawfully harvesting personal data

UK class action accuses Google of unlawfully harvesting personal data

More than 5 million people in the UK could be entitled to compensation from Google if a class action against the internet giant for allegedly harvesting personal data is successful. A group led by the executive director of consumer body Which?, Richard Lloyd, and advised by City law firm Mischon de Reya claims Google unlawfully collected personal information by bypassing ...

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Coalition, firms, facial, recognition data

Coalition could allow firms to buy access to facial recognition data

The federal government is considering allowing private companies to use its national facial recognition database for a fee, documents released under Freedom of Information laws reveal. The partially redacted documents show that the Attorney General’s Department is in discussions with major telecommunications companies about pilot programs for private sector use of the Facial Verification Service in 2018. The documents also indicate strong interest from ...

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The rise of the robots brings threats and opportunities

The rise of the robots brings threats and opportunities

The difference between the robots of today and all previous forms of automation is that they are so flexible (Editorial, 25 November). Intelligent robots will be utilised in any new enterprise rather than people now because the financial returns are likely to be so much greater, given that there will be no recruitment difficulties, wage demands, overtime claims, strikes, sickness ...

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Facebook, Congress, thousands of ads, Russians, election

Facebook to give Congress thousands of ads bought by Russians during election

Facebook will provide to Congress the contents of 3,000 advertisements purchased by Russians during the 2016 US presidential race, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday following weeks of scrutiny surrounding the social network’s potential role in influencing elections. The CEO said in a Facebook live video that the company would provide the controversial ads to government officials to support ongoing investigations in ...

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Instagram, 'I will rape you', post, Facebook ad

Instagram uses ‘I will rape you’ post as Facebook ad in latest algorithm mishap

Instagram used a user’s image which included the text “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!” to advertise its service on Facebook, the latest example of social media algorithms boosting offensive content. It was discovered that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, made an advertisement out of a photo she had posted of a violent threat she received ...

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iOS 11, wifi, Bluetooth, Control, Centre

iOS 11: toggling wifi and Bluetooth in Control Centre doesn’t actually turn them off

The new, redesigned Control Centre in iOS 11, which appears to allow users to toggle various settings such as turning wifi and Bluetooth off, doesn’t actually turn them completely off. Control Centre has a plethora of quick toggles, designed to allow users to quickly change a few key settings including activating the flashlight, turning off screen rotation and controlling the display’s brightness. ...

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Google, HTC, smartphone, business

What does Google want with HTC’s smartphone business?

Google has announced it’s acquiring a $1.1bn chunk of HTC’s smartphone business, and with it providing the once leading Taiwanese phone brand a much needed lifeline. But what does Google want with part of a smartphone business? Google isn’t buying the whole of HTC, just a relatively large part of the Taipei-based company’s smartphone business and not its Vive virtual reality headset ...

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Apple, Face ID, iPhone X, launch

Apple: Face ID didn’t fail at iPhone X launch, our staff did

Apple has offered an explanation for an embarrassing glitch at the launch of its most expensive iPhone ever, arguing that the phone didn’t make an error – the company’s staff did. During the first ever public demonstration of the £999/£1,149 iPhone X, Apple executive Craig Federighi attempted to unlock the device using the company’s new Face ID feature, which scans a user’s face ...

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Google, 'segregates', lower-paying, jobs, stifling careers, lawsuit

Google ‘segregates’ women into lower-paying jobs, stifling careers, lawsuit says

Google systematically pays women less than men doing similar work, according to a class action-lawsuit accusing the technology company of denying promotions and career opportunities to qualified women who are “segregated” into lower-paying jobs. The complaint, filed Thursday on behalf of all women employed by Google in California over the last four years, provided the most detailed formal accounts to date ...

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Equifax, Britons, risk, data breach

Equifax told to inform Britons whether they are at risk after data breach

Equifax, the US credit ratings firm victim to an unlawful breach of security, has been told to inform British residents “at the earliest opportunity” if their personal information has been put at risk, the Information Commissioner said on Friday. Equifax says it holds details on over 44 million Britons, and said that records of UK and Canadians citizens were among ...

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