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Dating apps share intimate data about users, says consumer group

Popular dating apps like Grindr and OkCupid share personal data about users, including their location and sexuality, with about 100 other businesses, a Norwegian consumer group said on Tuesday, as it filed a complaint about breach of privacy rules. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that 10 widely used Android apps that gather sensitive data about […]

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Global financial watchdogs take aim at Big Tech’s data dominance

Google, Alibaba and other ‘Big Tech’ companies could be forced to share data on financial services customers with banks and financial technology firms to prevent unfair competition. As Facebook’s plan for its Libra ‘stablecoin’ faces scrutiny, a global body of regulators from the world’s main financial centres said that Big Tech’s growing tentacles raised questions […]

International Technology

Global financial watchdogs take aim at Big Tech’ data dominance

Google, Alibaba and other ‘Big Tech’ companies could be forced to share data on financial services customers with banks and financial technology firms to prevent unfair competition. As Facebook’s plan for its Libra ‘stablecoin’ faces scrutiny, a global body of regulators from the world’s main financial centres said that Big Tech’s growing tentacles raised questions […]

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Google accused by U.S. labour group of illegally firing workers to stifle unionism

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union filed a federal labour charge against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday, accusing the company of unlawfully firing four employees to deter workers from engaging in union activities. The complaint, seen by Reuters, will trigger a National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) investigation into whether Google violated the four individuals’ […]

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TikTok accused in California lawsuit of sending user data to China

A California college student has accused popular video-sharing app TikTok in a class-action lawsuit of transferring private user data to servers in China, despite the company’s assurances that it does not store personal data there. The allegations may deepen legal troubles in the United States for TikTok, which is owned by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co […]

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U.S. weighs new regulations to further restrict Huawei suppliers: sources

The U.S. government may expand its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with U.S. technology to China’s Huawei, amid frustration the company’s blacklisting has failed to cut off supplies to the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker, two sources said. The U.S. Commerce Department in May placed Huawei Technologies on a trade blacklist, citing […]

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Apple taking ‘deeper look’ at disputed borders for its Maps

Apple, which showed the controversial annexed Crimean peninsula as part of the Russian territory on its location-based apps, has changed how Crimea is displayed in its Maps and Weather apps and will take a “deeper look” at how disputed borders are shown. Ukraine criticised the Cupertino-based tech giant for showing Crimea as part of Russia’s […]

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Twitter to ban all political ads from November

Twitter said on October 30 that it would stop all political advertising globally on its platform, responding to growing criticism over misinformation from politicians on social media. Chief executive Jack Dorsey said in a tweet that the company took the action to head off potential problems from “machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked […]