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Your Privacy Round Up - March

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

30 March 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.

Congress repeals the FCC’s internet privacy protections administration.

This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the internet privacy protections approved by the Obama administration. Though these rules had yet to go into effect, they would have forced ISPs to get user consent before collecting their data and selling it to third parties. Now, these rules have been thrown out—and they’re unlikely to ever be resurrected in future, meaning that your privacy is not legally protected.

British telecommunications company Three experiences another data breach

After logging into their accounts online, Three customers were able to see the names, addresses, phone numbers and call histories of other users. Three responded by saying the breach was a “technical issue with its systems”, and asked affected users to get in touch. Coming just months after data from more than 100,000 was accessed by fraudsters, the breach no doubt leaves Three’s 9 million UK customers feeling that their privacy is at stake.

California considers a new censorship bill to ban “fake news”—one that has dire consequences for free speech

In a bid to tackle the “fake news” alleged to have influenced the 2016 US election, the California Assembly’s Committee on Privacy and Consumer Affairs will consider a bill that seeks to make illegal any “false or deceptive statement” designed to influence voting. However, the far-reaching and vague language of this bill makes it a huge threat to free speach.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd calls for end to encrypted messaging services in wake of terrorist attack

In response to the allegation that a lone terrorist who killed several people outside Westminster had connected to Whatsapp minutes before the attack, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for an end to end-to-end encryption, stating that intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services in order to prevent further attacks. Rudd claimed that WhatsApp provides a place for terrorists to communicate.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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