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German Heirs Can Access Deceased Relatives’ Facebook Accounts: Court

Heirs in Germany have the right to access the Facebook accounts of their deceased relatives, a court said in a landmark privacy ruling on Thursday, saying a social media account can be inherited in the same way as letters. The …

UK Regulator Warns Insurers, Banks About Responsible Use of Customers’ Big Data

Britain’s banks and insurers must take the lead in spelling out how they will use data collected from customers or they could face new rules, Financial Conduct Authority Chair Charles Randell said on Wednesday. Financial firms have been using Big …

Facebook Faces £500,000 Fine in UK over Cambridge Analytica Data Privacy Violations

Facebook Inc. could be fined a symbolic 500,000 pounds ($664,000) by the U.K.’s privacy regulator after the social network giant failed to prevent key user data falling into the hands of a political consultancy that helped get President Donald Trump …

Facebook in Australia Faces Potential Class Action Suit over Data Privacy Breaches

Litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd is preparing to potentially sue social media giant Facebook Inc in Australia over its sharing of users’ data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The world’s largest social network said in April that data of up …

World’s Largest Tech Companies May Be Violating EU’s New Data Privacy Law

Some of the world’s largest technology companies might be breaking the European Union’s new data privacy law, according to an analysis of their policies conducted by artificial intelligence software. Researchers from the European Union Institute in Florence worked with an …

Microsoft to Extend EU Data Privacy Rights Globally. Facebook, Google Not Quite.

Microsoft promised this week to give users worldwide the same data and privacy rights Europeans will get under new regulations there. That’s in contrast to some of its tech rivals, who are hedging on how much privacy protections will change …