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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Privacy

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# knock-on effect
The knock-on effect: WhatsApp rival adds 8m users in 4 days
Telegram Messenger, a messaging app that focuses on privacy, saw almost five million users sign up on Saturday after WhatsApp experienced an outage.
# history lesson
This was the first ever news article written about Facebook
“I think it’s kind of silly that it would take the University a couple of years to get around to it. I can do it better than they can, and I can do it in a week.”
# my business
It's Data Protection day - are you up to speed on your data privacy rights?
European data protection reform could be introduced before the end of this year.
# Snoop Logs
Private answers: Irish people are now less worried about social media security
Over two-thirds of people feel they have had their privacy breached, with a rise in unsolicited emails and texts.
# Legislation
EU Justice Chief calls for tougher sanctions for companies that break data protection laws
The new legislation would see companies being fined 2 per cent of their global annual turnover for breaching data protection legislation.
# Spying
Obama clips NSA's wings but bulk collections will continue
The NSA will now have to seek court orders to access data on specific targets, but will continue to collect massive amounts of data.
# browsers
Google privacy case can be heard in UK, court rules
The internet giant will be appealing the decision, having argued that the trial should take place in California.
# Privacy
French actress sues Closer magazine over reported affair with Hollande
Julie Gayet is seeking €50,000 in damages for the report. If she wins, Closer will have to publish the legal verdict on its cover page.
# Security
Android-powered Blackphone aims to be first privacy-focused smartphone
The two companies behind it say that the phone will be unlocked and ready to pre-order at the end of February.
Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts
The easing of the in camera rule in Irish family courts will see many social issues come to light – many of which may have been hidden behind from the public for generations, writes Katherine Irwin.
# Reliable Sources
NY Times reporter fighting order to reveal his CIA sources
James Risen says he is willing to go to jail to protect those who gave him information.
# France
French magazine alleges Francois Hollande affair with actress
Hollande has reacted furiously to the allegation but did not deny it.
Column: Hey, ads! Stop looking at me while I'm on the toilet!
When the ads you never asked to see are so invasive that they even follow you into the toilet, you have every right to take a stand against it, writes Clare Hartwieg.
# Predictions
The five tech trends that will help shape 2014
With an eventful year gone by, the next twelve months could see the rise of 3D printing and wearable technology.
# Data
Spain watchdog fines Google €900,000 for privacy 'violations'
The company has been accused of “illegal processing of personal data” obtained from users of its many services.
# Privacy
Instagram launches private photo messaging service
Instagram Direct allows users to send photos and videos to up to 15 people at a time.
# stay safe
How to keep your social profiles safe and private
You could be revealing more information online than you would think.
# Hold the front page
South African media warned not to publish pics of president's house - but do it anyway
The South African president’s home has been revamped using taxpayers money – and the government says it’s a security breach to publish any photographs of it.
# Google
Google boss says US data spying "outrageous" and potentially illegal
Eric Schmidt was responding to reports that the US government spied on the company’s data centres.
# No Hiding
Facebook ends 'invisibility cloak' for users
The social networking site says the change will not impact on privacy for users.
No log kept of TDs' and Senators' internet browsing history
The Houses of the Oireachtas keeps logs for its own staff, journalists, visitors and contractors but NOT for politicians or their staff, can reveal.
# memoto
'Lifelogging' camera with no off-button: chronicler or privacy breach?
The camera takes a picture every 30 seconds, digitally recording your daily life. But why?
# Transparency
The government asked Facebook for details of 40 users so far this year
In its first ever transparency report, Facebook said it received more than 25,000 requests from governments around the world about users’ information.
# poo watch
Paris town uses CCTV cameras to catch people who don't clean up after their dog
Well, that’s one way to stop it.
# Garda
Gardaí speak to young girl involved in incident at Slane concert
Hundreds of people have shared the images on social networking sites – gardaí are asking people to respect her privacy.
# Trash Talk
London orders rubbish bins to stop collecting smartphone data
The high-tech bins have been referred to the privacy watchdog in the UK.
# investigations
Irish government asks Twitter for some users' account details
Twitter has disclosed that the government made less than 10 requests for information about users in the first six months of this year in its latest transparency report.
# Awkward
Japanese officials mistakenly use public settings on Google Groups
The wrong privacy settings allowed anyone to see internal government memos.
Column: How to protect your private data in a digital world
With Snowden, Prism and national security secrets in the news, it’s clear that technology has made privacy harder to ensure. Renaat Verbruggen gives a run down of how cryptography can protect your private information.
# Apple
Apple does not collect 'a mountain of personal details'
In a statement, Apple says authorities ask for information mostly for police reasons – finding missing kids, tracking down vulnerable people, investigating crimes and preventing suicides.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you believe your personal information online is secure?
Revelations in the US have started a privacy debate in recent days.
# Facebook
Facebook says privacy practices are sufficient, cites independent audit
What do you think?
Column: We already have all the laws we need to tackle online abuse
Proposals to introduce legislation to “curb” social media use are an unnecessary attack on free speech, writes Fergal Crehan.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added Facebook privacy
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Hacking
Twitter attacked by 'sophisticated' hackers
The attackers may have gained some access to user information.
# Data privacy
MEP wants Brussels to examine legality of new Facebook search
Labour’s Phil Prendergast says the new graph search may be a breach of a citizen’s right to protect their personal data.
# Google
Italy: Court acquits Google executives in autism video appeal
An Italian appeals court acquitted three Google executives of having violated the privacy of an autistic Italian boy by failing to take down a video of him being bullied at school.
# Europe-v-Facebook
Student plans Irish legal action over Facebook's privacy policy
Max Schrems and his group, ‘Europe v Facebook’, is preparing legal action against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner over its recent audit of Facebook and its privacy policy.
# Facebook
Privacy group says it may bring Facebook to Irish court
Austrian student group Europe-v-Facebook alleges legal breaches against Facebook Ireland, which hosts global accounts.
# Farmers
CAP payments to be published again after privacy case
German farmers had taken a successful case to the European Court of Justice in 2008 arguing that publishing the information was a data protection breach.