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Your Privacy Round Up—June

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

27 June 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.

New version of iOS will close the security loophole that allows law enforcement into iPhones

Apple confirmed this week that the new version of iOS, its operating system for iPhone and iPad, will close the loophole that has allowed law enforcement agencies to crack into Apple devices in the past. iOS 11.4 will add an optional mode that disables the USB port for any sort of data transfer when the device has been locked for over an hour

New York Times reveals Facebook shared user data with over 60 companies

The NYT reported this month that the social media giant had data-sharing agreements with more than 60s device manufacturers, including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung. The aggreements ensured that the Facebook app functioned on all devices, but the reveal has raised issues about the company gaining consent from its users to share their data.

California combines two bills to save Net Neutrality—but progress is slow

Lawmakers it the state combined two separate bills to create bill SB822, intended to provide Net Neutrality protections to the state’s 40 million residents. However, the bill’s co-author, Scott Wiener, said admendments had eviscerated the bill’s ability to truly offer Net Neutrality.

Australia’s biggest online medical appointment booking service accussed of sending private medical information to law firms

Australian news outlet ABC reported this week that HealthEngine, the country’s largest healthcare booking app, had passed sensitive user data onto law firms seeking clients for personal injury claims—without user consent. In response, Health Minister Greg Hunt has ordered an “urgent review”.

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

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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