Search engine outfit Google could face fines of up to $18.6 million if it does not stop violating the privacy of internet users in the Netherlands, the Dutch data protection agency warned.
The DPA said that Google is breaching the country’s data protection act by using people’s private information such as browsing history and location data to target them with customised ads. more»
Many people might think that Amazon is where you buy your books, your Hue lights and your CDs but behind the scenes it is becoming a major player in the datacentre business.
And now, according to the Financial Times, Amazon will build several datacentres in Frankfurt in a bid to allay customers’ fears that their data is housed in places where security and privacy are not as high a priority as in Germany. more»
A German data protection watchdog has snarled at the search engine Google for the way it creates data profiles from its various services.
The data protection commissioner for the German city state of Hamburg has ordered Google to take the necessary technical and organizational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling. more»
Search giant Google has got itself in a flap because it is being forced to remove thousands of items that people don’t like on the web.
Reuters said Google will hold its first meeting in Madrid tomorrow in a bid to discuss the free flow of information. more»
The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 by the data watchdog for failing to safeguard sensitive and confidential information about prisoners.
According to the data watchdog, the information commissioner’s office the Ministry of Justice allowed data to go missing twice and failed to encrypt personal data. more»
Italy has given Google 18 months to sort out how it treats and stores user data.
According to the Italy’s data protection regulator has been investigating Google as part of a European drive to reform the internet giant’s privacy practices.
There was concern after Google consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one, combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. more»
Yesterday Facebook announced the results of a psychological experiment into human behaviour to find if Facebook could alter the emotional state of its users and prompt them to post either more positive or negative content.
It was all fairly tame stuff, but it did raise the eyebrows of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). more»
Smartphones and tablets have not just changed the way we shop online, they are also having an impact in brick-and-mortar shops, as many shoppers are using them to compare prices and read product reviews. But shoppers aren’t the only ones doing a bit of intelligence work on the ground, the retailers are responding in kind. more»
Most employees don’t trust their bosses to keep private information private – or even not to use it against them in any way, according to a survey.
But there is confusion about how much information their employers are able to see generally, with 41 percent of respondents thinking bosses are not able to see anything at all on their personal devices. more»