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Privacy watchdogs criticise proposed EU online child pornography rules

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European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 17, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, July 29 (Reuters) – The European Union’s privacy watchdogs on Friday criticised proposed rules to combat online child sexual abuse, saying their potential......

U.S. Justice Department probing cyber breach of federal court records system

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WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a cyber breach involving the federal court records management system, the department’s top national security attorney told lawmakers on Thursday. Matt Olsen, head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, alluded to the threat of cyber attacks by foreign......

Exclusive: U.S. probes China’s Huawei over equipment near missile silos

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WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is investigating Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei over concerns that U.S. cell towers fitted with its gear could capture sensitive information from military bases and missile silos that the company could then transmit to China, two people familiar with the matter said.......

U.S. panel probing Capitol attack subpoenas Secret Service over text messages

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WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. congressional panel probing the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol said it had subpoenaed the Secret Service as it investigates accusations by a watchdog that the agency erased text messages sought as evidence. “The Select Committee seeks the relevant text messages, as......

Alibaba shares post worst drop in a month after China data probe report

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SHANGHAI, July 15 (Reuters) – Shares in Alibaba Group (9988.HK)fell the most in a month on Friday, after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese tech giant’s cloud division has been summoned by Shanghai authorities in connection with a theft of police data. An anonymous hacker had earlier this......

Italy’s watchdog warns TikTok over alleged breach of EU privacy rules

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A TikTok logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MILAN, July 11 (Reuters) – Italy’s data protection authority has formally warned Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok about an alleged breach of existing European Union......

U.S. House panel to investigate companies sharing reproductive data

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The United States Capitol building in Washington, U.S. REUTERS/Emily Elconin Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional committee has asked data brokers and personal health apps to explain how they handle users’ reproductive health data amid concerns states will use......

EU lawmakers pass landmark tech rules, but enforcement a worry

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BRUSSELS, July 5 (Reuters) – EU lawmakers gave the thumbs up on Tuesday to landmark rules to rein in tech giants such as Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google, Amazon (AMZN.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Facebook and Microsoft (MSFT.O), but enforcement could be hampered by regulators’ limited resources. In addition to the rules known......

WikiLeaks’ Assange lodges appeal against U.S. extradition

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LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the United States to face criminal charges, his brother said on Friday, the latest step in his legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade.......

Google to delete location history of visits to abortion clinics

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July 1 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google will delete location data showing when users visit an abortion clinic, the online search giant said on Friday, following concern that a digital trail could inform law enforcement if an individual terminates a pregnancy illegally. As state laws limiting abortions set in......

Norway blames “pro-Russian group” for cyber attack

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OSLO, June 29 (Reuters) – A number of institutions in Norway have been subjected to a so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attack in the last 24 hours, the Norwegian NSM security authority said on Wednesday, blaming a “criminal pro-Russian group”. The attacks, which began overnight, targeted private and public institutions......

U.S. tech industry frets about handing data to states prosecuting abortion

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PALO ALTO, Calif., June 24 (Reuters) – The technology industry is bracing for the uncomfortable possibility of having to hand over pregnancy-related data to law enforcement, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent that for decades guaranteed a woman’s......

Regulator calls for Big Tech privacy cases to be handled by EU watchdog

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The logo for Google LLC is seen at the Google Store Chelsea in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 17, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, June 17 (Reuters) – Cross-border Big Tech privacy cases should be handled by the EU watchdog rather......

German cartel office examining Apple’s tracking rules

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A man looks at the screen of his mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in Shanghai, China July 30, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, June 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s cartel office is looking into Apple’s (AAPL.O) rules......

Israeli private detective used Indian hackers in job for Russian oligarchs -court filing

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The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), which is operated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, is pictured in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) – An Israeli private investigator currently in U.S. custody......

U.S. bill would bar Google, Apple from hosting apps that accept China’s digital yuan

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WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – Republican senators want to bar U.S. app stores including Apple and Google from hosting apps that allow payments to be made with China’s digital currency, amid fears the payment system could allow Beijing to spy on Americans. The bill, unveiled Thursday and first reported by......

Twitter to pay $150 mln to settle with U.S. over privacy, security violations

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WASHINGTON, May 25 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations it misused private information, like phone numbers, to target advertising after telling users the information would be used for security reasons, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. Twitter’s settlement covers allegations that......

Putin promises to bolster Russia’s IT security in face of cyber attacks

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May 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the number of cyber attacks on Russia by foreign “state structures” had increased several times over and that Russia must bolster its cyber defences by reducing the use of foreign software and hardware. The websites of many state-owned companies......

Italy prevents pro-Russian hacker attacks during Eurovision contest

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Spectators watch the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, May 14, 2022. REUTERS/Yara Nardi Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MILAN, May 15 (Reuters) – Italian police thwarted hacker attacks by pro-Russian groups during the May 10 semi-final and Saturday final of the......

Exclusive: Ukraine war spurs U.S. to ramp up security probe of software maker Kaspersky

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WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) – The Biden administration ramped up a national security probe into Russia’s AO Kaspersky Lab antivirus software earlier this year amid heightened fears of Russian cyberattacks after Moscow invaded Ukraine, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The case was referred to the Commerce Department......

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