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Your Privacy Round Up—March

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

29 March 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.

Cambridge Analytica accesses information from 50 million Facebook profiles

A former contractor at the data analytics firm revealed this month that the company harvested personal information from the profiles of tens of millions of Facebook users, through a quiz bulit by a third-party developer.

WhatsApp pledges not to share European user data

Messaging service WhatsApp has agreed not to share its user data with parent company Facebook, having failed to provide a legal reason for sharing such information under British law. This agreement comes at the end of an 18-month-long investigation by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into the data-sharing practices between WhatsApp and Facebook.

Microsoft updates Windows 10 with new privacy controls

The upcoming spring update to Microsoft’s flagship operating system will provide a new screen to allow users to opt-out of sending inking and typing data to the company, combatting concerns around the OS’s built-in keylogger.

Atlanta hit by ransomware attack

Cyberattackers hacked the city’s computer systems, set up a wall of encryption, and are demanding a reported $51,000 dollars to release the data. The attackers are threatening to wipe the computers clean, which would cause havoc in the city.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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