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Police take too much data from victims’ phones, says watchdog

Police are extracting “excessive amounts of personal data” from the mobile phones of victims and witnesses during investigations and are in danger of discouraging the public from reporting crime, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned.

In a critical study of data extraction policies, the ICO concludes that procedures are inconsistent across forces in England and Wales and calls for a new statutory code of practice to provide “greater clarity”.

Source: Police take too much data from victims’ phones, says watchdog | Police | The Guardian

Police Are Buying Access to Hacked Website Data

Hackers break into websites, steal information, and then publish that data all the time, with other hackers or scammers then using it for their own ends. But breached data now has another customer: law enforcement.

Some companies are selling government agencies access to data stolen from websites in the hope that it can generate investigative leads, with the data including passwords, email addresses, IP addresses, and more.

Source: Police Are Buying Access to Hacked Website Data

Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data

Social media network Facebook has filed two lawsuits this week against the operators of two websites that abused its platforms to sell Instagram likes and harvest passwords and information on Facebook users, respectively.

The lawsuits are just the latest in a long series of litigations the company has filed over the past one year and a half.

Source: Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data | ZDNet

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google will no longer save a complete record of every search made by new users, the company says, as it launches a push to promote its privacy credentials against concerted competition from arch-rival Apple.

The company will now automatically delete its saved records of a new user’s activity on the web and in its apps after 18 months. Previously, such information had been kept indefinitely by default, which the company argued was necessary to personalise its services for individual users.

Source: Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search | Google | The Guardian

Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns

Apple said this week that it declined to implement 16 new web technologies (Web APIs) in Safari because they posed a threat to user privacy by opening new avenues for user fingerprinting.

Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices.

Source: Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns | ZDNet

Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit

Tiktok has said it will be moving ownership of its users’ data in Europe to local subsidiaries, in a boost to its British arm as it prepares for Brexit.

The social media app’s US parent Tiktok Inc will no longer manage and safeguard data for users based in the UK and the European Union. Instead, from 29 July, Tiktok Ireland will control the data of all users in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, while Tiktok UK will do the same for Britons.

Source: Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit – CityAM : CityAM

TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO

TikTok has claimed that the Chinese government has never requested for user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked.

TikTok has sought to distance itself from Beijing after it was banned in India earlier this week. In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28th, the company’s CEO, Kevin Mayer, said that the Chinese government has never asked for data of Indian users. He further claimed that the company wouldn’t comply with such an order even if Beijing asks for it.

Source: TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO | Beebom

More than half of organisations subject to GDPR collect more data than the regulation permits

A Data Risk and Security report released by the security software company Netwrix has revealed that companies are failing to follow GDPR and security best practices.

The survey of just over a thousand respondents revealed that security professionals are often bypassing many of the six stages of the data lifecycle. While security issues are mitigated at some stages, many important stages are being overlooked, resulting in vulnerable systems.

Source: More than half of organisations subject to GDPR collect more data than the regulation permits, a study has found

Microsoft’s Free Rein Over EU Staff Data Sparks Privacy Warning

Microsoft Corp.’s licensing agreements with European Union authorities gave the U.S. tech giant free rein to oversee data processing activities for more than 45,000 EU officials, the institution’s own privacy watchdog warned.

The EU’s in-house data protection regulator said in its findings of a probe that institutions’ lack of control “over which sub-processors Microsoft used and lack of meaningful audit rights also presented significant issues.”

Source: Microsoft’s Free Rein Over EU Staff Data Sparks Privacy Warning – Bloomberg

Facebook says 5,000 app developers got user data after cutoff date

A Facebook privacy mechanism blocks apps from receiving user data if users didn’t use an app for 90 days. Facebook said 5,000 apps continued to receive user data regardless.

The incident is related to a security control that Facebook added to its systems following the Cambridge Analytica scandal of early 2018.

Source: Facebook says 5,000 app developers got user data after cutoff date | ZDNet

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