Your Privacy Round Up—September

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

27 September 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.

The Battle for the Net hits Washington

Public Knowledge and Fight for the Future this week welcomed Net Neutrality advocates to Washington DC in conjuction with the FCC’s meeting, and to meet with key law makers to discuss what a huge impact the loss of Net Neutrality would have on the web—and on the world.

Apple announces iPhone X with facial recognition technology

With the iPhone X, Apple has scrapped the fingerprint reader of previous generations in favour of the new Face ID, which uses a 3D scan of your face to act as the password to unlock your phone. Privacy advocates may have concerns about the security of using this tech to unlock your phone.

Instagram alerts verified users of potential data leak

At the start of the month, Instagram sent out alerts to its verified users, informing them that a bug in their software could have allowed people to access their email address and phone numbers. While clarifying that no user passwords were compromised and letting users know that the bug had been fixed, the social media giant also reminded people to engage in two-factor authentication and ensure that their passwords were strong.

FCC receives 22 million comments on Net Neutrality

The FCC period for comments on “Restoring Internet Freedom”, their proposed changes, ended on August 30th, but before it did, the public flooded the agency with their thoughts on the changes. The FCC received 22 million comments, though an amount of these are thought to be from bots.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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