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Your Privacy Round Up—January

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

01 February 2018

We all know that it’s important to stay informed, especially when it comes to things like online security. But with so much information to take in, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the privacy world.

That’s why we’re bringing you a monthly round-up of the biggest privacy news—the stuff you really shouldn’t miss.

Check out the privacy headlines this month—and stay informed.

Fitness app Strava shares heatmap of user data and causes national security scare

The fitness-tracking app this week released a map showing worldwide usage of its functions by users all over the globe—and in doing so, inadvertantly exposed to location of miltary bases in several countries. Both the US military and Strava said that they would review their privacy settings in response.

Facebook to hand privacy controls over to users before new EU law comes into force

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced new tools to make it easier for the networking site’s 2 billion users manage their own data. The move comes just months before the introducing of new EU legislation that limits how companies can use personal information.

Mozilla browser updates prompt fear that Firefox is turning away from user privacy

UK Business Insider reports that Mozilla, the company behind the popular and historically privacy-conscious Firefox browser, is currently testing two updates that would involve sharing user data, prompting privacy advocates to worry that the browser is turning away from the security of its users.

California, New York and Montana all table legislation to protect Net Neutrality in their states

While the battle to stop the FCC’s repeal of the Net Neutrality laws marches on, several states are taking matters into their own hands. While governers of Montana and New York have issued executive orders banning non-neutral ISPs from doing business with the government, California has gone even further, passing a motion to ensure Net Neutrality on a state level.

We’ll bring you another privacy round up at the end of next month.

Until then, stay safe online.

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