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Your Privacy Round Up - May

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

25 May 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.

UK’s National Health Service hit by ransomware attack

The NHS was hit by a cyberattack that ground healthcare services across the country to a halt and also hit 200,000 targets across 150 countries worldwide. The Wanna Decryptor 2.0 ransomware locked files on hospital computers, demanding $300 per machine, paid via Bitcoin, for access.

Seattle enacts broadband privacy rules where the FCC won’t

In the wake of the FCC’s rollback of its broadband privacy rules, Seattle mayor Ed Murray has enacted his own rules to protect the online privacy of the city’s residents. Cable companies in Seattle are now required to gain the consent of their users before selling or sharing their data, including that relating to web browsing history and personal information—except for when it’s necessary to maintain essential service.

Facebook fined $122 million over WhatsApp takeover privacy dispute

The European Commission fined Facebook over their 2014 takeover of WhatsApp, when the social media company automatically matched user accounts between the two platforms—despite originally saying that it could not. In 2016 WhatsApp updated its privacy policy to share user data, including phone numbers, with Facebook, angering users and privacy advocates.

Congressional internet privacy bill would counter FCC rollbacks—but angers both sides of the debate

Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn’s proposed bill, the Browser Act, would force both internet providers and content providers (like Facebook or Google) get your permission before selling your data. However, some privacy advocates are unhappy with the part of the bill that prevents both the FCC and states from pursuing similar online privacy regulations.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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