Your Privacy Round Up - June

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

29 June 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.

Petya ransomware attacks companies across Europe and the US

This week, a ransomware attack hit several major organizations across Europe and the US—and victims were left unable to access their files even if they did pay the ransom. A payment of $300 was to be made via Bitcoin and the proof of payment sent to an email address, but that email address has now been shutdown, leaving computers locked and files unattainable.

New Snapchat feature has privacy advocates worried

The latest Snapchat update has privacy advocates worried, as a new feature allows users to share their current location by uploading photos to a map. Snap Map lets user photos be seen publicly or by select friends, and is turned off by default. It’s yet to become clear what impact this will have on user privacy.

The FTC launches investigation into Uber and its privacy practices

Several high-profile instances of Uber data mishandling—including employees’ ability to track the location of customers without obtaining their permission, for which the company was fined $20,000 last year—have apparently caught the attention of investigators at the Federal Trade Commission, who are now said to be focusing their attention on the wider privacy practices of the company as a whole.

Twitter has abandoned its longstanding commitment to obey the Do Not Track (DNT) browser privacy setting

Despite being one of the first major companies to support DNT, Twitter has now reversed its pledge to obey the privacy setting. The DNT setting is designed to tell websites and services observing the setting that you don’t want to be tracked online. Instead of DNT, Twitter is implementing a new tracking option and two new targeting options—all of which are set to “track and target” by default.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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