Your Privacy Round Up-July

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

27 July 2017

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.

Russia bans VPNs and anonymous messaging services

Citing concerns about the spread of extremist material, the Russian Federation Council this week passed a bill forcing ISPs to block websites that offer VPN services throughout the country. Russia has already banned access to LinkedIn, Wikipedia and about 1200 other websites.

Verizon slows video traffic, worrying Net Neutrality advocates

Last week Verizon customers attempting to stream video found their speeds throttled, causing concern amongst Net Neutrality advocates. Current rules against throttling connections are in line to be axed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The internet comes together to fight for Net Neutrality

Some of the world’s biggest internet companies and activist groups staged a day of action to protest the potential rollback of Net Neutrality protections by the FCC. Web giants including Google, Twitter and Reddit joined Fight for the Future, and even Tim Berners-Lee stated that “If we lost net neutrality, we lose the internet as we know it”.

Facebook beats privacy lawsuit

A US judge this month dismissed nationwide litigation regarding the company’s practice of tracking user’s movements even after they’d logged out of the social media website. While the judge accepted that the company did track users in this way, he ruled that the plaintiffs did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy and had not suffered any realistic economic harm or loss.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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