Google pays to make privacy case go away
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Writes $39.9 million cheque

Google will pay Washington State $39.9 million to resolve a lawsuit accusing the Alphabet unit of misleading consumers about its location tracking practices.

Apple sued for not providing good enough privacy
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Apple sued for not providing good enough privacy. Users complain that the company told them it was brilliant.

The Fruity cargo cult Apple is in hot water for not providing users with the privacy it claimed.

France's privacy watchdog fines Microsoft €60 million for privacy violations
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Take your nasty 'amburger eating cookies out of our sight

France's privacy watchdog has decided not to surrender to the software king of the world Microsoft and fined the outfit €60 million for dropping advertising cookies in users' computers without their explicit consent in violation of data protection laws in the European Union.

Europe’s plan to combat kiddie fiddlers worry privacy experts
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Turns out that it might just be an excuse to spy on everyone

The European Commission’s plan to combat child sexual abuse material online is already raising privacy concerns.

Apple shouldn't use privacy to crush competition
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EU watchdog barks 

European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager said that Apple shouldn't use privacy and security concerns to stifle competition on the App Store.

Apple under antitrust pressure from French firms
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Advertisers up in arms

The French competition bureau has received complaints from publishers and advertising firms alleging that Apple is busting their collective asses.

Government COVID-19 apps skimp on the privacy
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Council of Europe warns

A report published today by the Council of Europe identifies a number of shortcomings in the protection of privacy and personal data in some of the legal and technical measures adopted by governments to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft improves EU privacy rules
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Discovered it was breaking GDPR

Software King of the World Microsoft is updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union institutions failed to protect data in line with EU law.

British Airways faces £183 million privacy fine
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Data breach after hacking 

British Airways is facing a record fine of £183 million for last year's breach of its security systems. from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Privacy policies are unreadable
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Easier to read War and Peace

Privacy policies are often too-complicated, novella-length texts that require a lawyer on hand to explain the fine print and most people can't be bothered even glancing at them.