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GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up?

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up?

Image caption Our personal data is shared with and processed by dozens of organisations every day Next month a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will be the biggest […]

HQ Trivia: The free app giving away thousands of pounds

HQ Trivia: The free app giving away thousands of pounds

Image copyright HQ Trivia How do you win thousands of pounds straight from your phone for free? For many, the answer is the popular quiz show app HQ Trivia. The game came to the UK in early 2018 after being released in the US the year before. The free app live-streams 15-minute quiz shows throughout […]

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

Image copyright Big Centre TV Image caption Birmingham’s Big Centre TV has been replaced Media regulator Ofcom has proposed scrapping the further roll-out of local TV channels across the UK, citing concerns over “economic viability”. More than 30 local TV stations have already been set up in the UK as part of a plan laid […]

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A total of 1.5 billion users who had previously been under the jurisdiction of Facebook Ireland will have that moved to US headquarters Facebook has changed its terms of service, meaning 1.5 billion members will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming to Europe. The move comes […]

Are AI fairytales the future?

Are AI fairytales the future?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AI programs have been designed to write stories in the style of human authors It was recently reported that the meditation app Calm had published a “new” fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. However, The Princess and the Fox was written not by the brothers, who died over 150 years […]

Brexit: 'Rife misuse' of data by Leave.EU, MPs told

Brexit: 'Rife misuse' of data by Leave.EU, MPs told

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brittany Kaiser, formerly of Cambridge Analytica, has been giving evidence to a parliamentary committee Misuse of data was “rife” among the businesses and campaigns of Leave.EU chairman and ex-UKIP donor Arron Banks, a former Cambridge Analytica (CA) employee has told MPs. Brittany Kaiser said Mr Banks asked the consultancy firm […]

China's ZTE 'poses risk to UK security'

China's ZTE 'poses risk to UK security'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The warning is set to impact ZTE’s efforts to sell 5G infrastructure and devices The UK’s cyber-defence watchdog has confirmed it has blacklisted one of China’s leading state-owned companies. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has written to UK telecoms providers warning them that the use of ZTE’s equipment […]

TED 2018: Alphabet firm's tools to combat extremism

TED 2018: Alphabet firm's tools to combat extremism

Image copyright Ryan Lash/TED Image caption Yasmin Green wants to fight extremism with empathetic technology The online methods used by Jihadist groups to recruit members and the way Google is countering them, have been revealed at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference. The research director of Alphabet-owned Jigsaw gave a talk outlining the tools […]

TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

Image copyright Gizmodo For two months in early 2018, technology journalist Kashmir Hill let innocent household items spy on her. She had turned her one-bedroom apartment into a “smart home” and was measuring how much data was being collected by the firms that made the devices. Her smart toothbrush betrayed when she had not brushed […]

Donkey Kong champion loses title for 'using emulator'

Donkey Kong champion loses title for 'using emulator'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Billy Mitchell was Donkey Kong world champion The Donkey Kong world champion has been stripped of a record he set for the 1981 arcade classic following claims he did not use an original machine. Twin Galaxies, which tracks video games records, believes that Billy Mitchell’s 1,047,200 score on the […]

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