Google hit with £44m GDPR fine over ads

Image copyright Reuters Google has been fined 50 million euros (£44m) by the French data regulator CNIL, for a breach of the EU’s data protection rules. CNIL said it had levied the record fine for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalisation”. The regulator said it judged that people…

Amazon, Apple and Google face data complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Entertainment streaming giants including Amazon, Apple, Google, Netflix and Spotify have been accused of breaking the EU’s data regulations. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules say EU customers have the right to access a copy of the personal data companies hold about them. However, privacy group noyb said it found that…

WhatsApp restricts message-sharing to fight fake news

Image copyright Getty Images WhatsApp is limiting all its members to forwarding any single message up to five times in an effort to tackle the spread of false information on the platform. The Facebook-owned business had already introduced the policy in India six months ago. The move followed a number of mob lynchings that were…

Prince Philip crash: Debris for sale on eBay

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Debris at the scene where Prince Philip was involved in a traffic accident Debris said to be from a crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh has been put up for sale on eBay. Seller morbius777 claimed the parts were from the collision near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, on Thursday. The listing said…

CES 2019: Smart socket to charge your devices

BBC Click’s Lara Lewington looks at a new smart socket for charging devices. When the device is fully charged the smart socket automatically cuts out saving electricity. The main use is currently to charge phones and laptops but it is envisaged that in future it could be charging electric bikes and cars too. Read and…

Heathrow: Man charged with flying drone near airport

Image copyright PAImage caption George Rusu is accused of using a drone on a field near the runway (file picture) A man has been charged with flying a drone near Heathrow Airport on 24 December. George Rusu is accused of using a drone on a field near the runway just days after a scare at…

Girl Scouts of America offer badge in cybersecurity

Girl Scouts of America are now offering girls as young as five a badge in cybersecurity. It’s part of a drive to get more girls involved in science, technology engineering and mathematics from a young age. An event in Silicon Valley gave scouts an opportunity to earn the first patch in the activity, with the…

Rise in nude photos sent to phones on public transport

Naked photos sent by strangers on public transport are a growing concern for police in the UK. BBC Minute‘s Ione Wells has been investigating the rising trend of “cyber-flashing”. Graphic images are sent to people’s phones via features like Bluetooth, and AirDrop on iPhones. Apple advises people to change their security settings and police are…

Are these the faces of the future?

More than 100 objects, from early mechanised devices to those which are eerily lifelike, have been brought together as part of an exhibition of robotics at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Some of the most sophisticated humanoid robots in the world, capable of emulating movement and emotion, can be found at the exhibition….

Fortnite predator ‘groomed children on voice chat’

Image copyright Epic GamesImage caption Players can form squads to help them survive in Fortnite A 41-year-old man accused of using the hit video game Fortnite to initiate sexual activity with children has been arrested in Florida. Anthony Gene Thomas of Broward County is accused of unlawful sex with a minor and possessing indecent images…