Your Privacy Round Up—October

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

26 October 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.

Serious vulnerability found in WPA2 WiFi protocol

Security researchers found a major vulnerability, known as KRACK, in the widely-used WiFi protocol, affecting millions of networks and users across the globe. KRACK, for Key Reinstallation Attacks, affects devices running Android, Linux, and OpenBSD, and macOS and Windows to a lesser extent.

Adviser to EU’s highest court says Facebook must follow privacy rules set by each EU country

Facebook’s long-running privacy case took a bad turn for the company this week as Yves Bot, an advocate general of the EU Court of Justice, said that national watchdogs could have power to take direct action against Facebook—even though their HQ is in Ireland.

European Parliament committee votes for tougher privacy rules

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) on the Civil Liberties Committee voted 31 votes to 24 in favour of draft proposals that would update the EU’s existing e-privacy rules to cover internet-enabled services in addition to SMS and telecom providers. These rules include privacy by default.

OnePlus defends its data-logging practices—but promises to change

Apple competitor OnePlus defeneded its recently-revealed data logging methods, saying they create “a better overall user experience”. However, their OS will now have a splash screen asking users whether they want to be involved in the program and telling them what exactly that involves.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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