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WhatsApp isn't mandatory, users can opt out: Delhi High Court

25 Jan 2021

WhatsApp isn't mandatory, users can opt out: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court (HC) remarked that accepting WhatsApp's updated privacy policy isn't mandatory, and users have the choice of using a competing app if they don't like its Terms of Service (ToS).

Avast shutting down company that sold user data without permission

01 Feb 2020

Avast shutting down company that sold user data without permission

A few days back, anti-virus giant Avast was caught selling PC activity of its users through its subsidiary, a company named Jumpshot.

Sundar Pichai warns of AI's misuse, calls for regulation

21 Jan 2020

Sundar Pichai warns of AI's misuse, calls for regulation

Sundar Pichai wants Artificial Intelligence (AI) to be regulated for the betterment of humanity.

Nokia phones caught sending sensitive customer information to China

22 Mar 2019

Nokia phones caught sending sensitive customer information to China

HMD Global, the company that owns the Nokia brand, has been accused of sending sensitive customer information from its devices to China.

20 Android apps found sending sensitive data to Facebook

02 Jan 2019

20 Android apps found sending sensitive data to Facebook

In a major surprise, as many as 20 Android apps have been caught sharing sensitive user information with Facebook.

Bug leaks 70 lakh users' photos; Facebook says 'sorry'

15 Dec 2018

Bug leaks 70 lakh users' photos; Facebook says 'sorry'

Seems like data privacy and Facebook just don't see eye to eye.

#DataPrivacy: LinkedIn was using 18 million email IDs without authorization

25 Nov 2018

#DataPrivacy: LinkedIn was using 18 million email IDs without authorization

Joining the ranks of Facebook and Google, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has now been caught indulging in inappropriate data practices.

Instagram just exposed some users' passwords: Here's what happened

18 Nov 2018

Instagram just exposed some users' passwords: Here's what happened

Facebook's poor run with privacy doesn't seem to end.

You can download everything Apple knows about you: See how

19 Oct 2018

You can download everything Apple knows about you: See how

A month after launching the new iPhones, Apple has refreshed its privacy website, giving new information about its efforts to keep people and their data safe.

Twitter faces privacy watchdog investigation after denying user data request

14 Oct 2018

Twitter faces privacy watchdog investigation after denying user data request

Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) is investigating Twitter over the data it collects using its link shortening service, t.co.

Facebook data breach could cost it a whopping $1.63 billion

01 Oct 2018

Facebook data breach could cost it a whopping $1.63 billion

After failing to protect data of as many as 50 million users, Facebook could face a huge fine from an EU privacy watchdog.

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

14 Sep 2018

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

WhatsApp has rolled out its data portability tool in the form of a "Request Account Info" feature using which you can download a copy of all your data that the chat app has.

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

26 Aug 2018

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

WhatsApp has rolled out its data portability tool in the form of a "Request Account Info" feature using which you can download a copy of all your data that the chat app has.

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

15 Jul 2018

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

WhatsApp has rolled out its data portability tool in the form of a "Request Account Info" feature using which you can download a copy of all your data that the chat app has.

Google Account gets redesigned, makes it easier to control settings

23 Jun 2018

Google Account gets redesigned, makes it easier to control settings

Google has redesigned its Google Account hub on Android to make the interface simpler and more intuitive.

Facebook, Google face $8.8bn in lawsuits on GDPR's first day

26 May 2018

Facebook, Google face $8.8bn in lawsuits on GDPR's first day

A new European data privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25, and Facebook and Google are already facing collective lawsuits of $8.8 billion for failing to comply with it.

WhatsApp to launch 'Chat Filter': Here's how it will work

10 May 2018

WhatsApp to launch 'Chat Filter': Here's how it will work

Following a slew of updates ranging from in-app video support for Facebook and Instagram to new stickers and group calling features, WhatsApp is now working to introduce another handy feature.

WhatsApp for iPhone lets you watch Facebook, Instagram videos in-app

08 May 2018

WhatsApp for iPhone lets you watch Facebook, Instagram videos in-app

Days after getting a slew of features like group video calling and third-party stickers, WhatsApp has released an update for its iOS users.

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

28 Apr 2018

You can now download the data WhatsApp collects on you

WhatsApp has rolled out its data portability tool in the form of a "Request Account Info" feature using which you can download a copy of all your data that the chat app has.

You should be 16+ to access WhatsApp in Europe now

26 Apr 2018

You should be 16+ to access WhatsApp in Europe now

WhatsApp is increasing its minimum user age from 13 to 16 in Europe.

Instagram now allows you to download your content

25 Apr 2018

Instagram now allows you to download your content

Instagram has started rolling out its data portability tool using which you can download a copy of everything you've shared on the photo-sharing app.

Instagram may now let you download your content

12 Apr 2018

Instagram may now let you download your content

Instagram is developing a data portability tool which will allow users to monitor, download and back up all the data that the platform has on them.

Facebook's new privacy and data tools put 'You' in command

29 Mar 2018

Facebook's new privacy and data tools put 'You' in command

Days after the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal, the social networking giant has announced a new set of changes which allows you to easily find and manage privacy settings, while giving you more control over your saved data.

WhatsApp to not share user data with Facebook following probe

15 Mar 2018

WhatsApp to not share user data with Facebook following probe

UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered WhatsApp to not share user data with Facebook since according to the former, doing so would be illegal.

Who owns your health data? Is Aadhaar jeopardizing personal information?

06 Apr 2017

Who owns your health data? Is Aadhaar jeopardizing personal information?

"Electronic Health Data Privacy, Confidentiality and Privacy in India" that will permit collecting Aadhaar numbers associated with medical records has opened the debate of who will own this data.