South Korea fines Google, Meta billions of won for privacy violations
The privacy panel says the firms did not clearly inform service users and obtain prior consent when collecting and analysing behavioural information to infer their interests or use them for customised advertisements.
Apple, Android phones targeted by Italian spyware, says Google
Google's threat analysis team says spyware made by RCS Lab targeted the phones using a combination of tactics including unusual 'drive-by downloads' that happen without victims being aware.
Google, Facebook, Twitter to tackle deepfakes or risk EU fines, document shows
The European Commission is expected to publish the updated code of practice on disinformation as part of its crackdown against fake news.
Russian hackers linked to new Brexit leak website, Google says
The website says it has published private emails from former British spymaster Richard Dearlove and other supporters of Britain's divorce from the EU, which was finalised in January 2020.
Google ‘private browsing’ mode not really private, Texas lawsuit says
Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia filed separate suits against Google in January in state courts over what they called deceptive location-tracking practices that invade users' privacy.
Russian hackers targeted Nato, eastern European militaries, says Google
The report did not say which militaries had been targeted in what Google described as 'credential phishing campaigns' launched by a Russian-based group called Coldriver, or Callisto.
Russia reinstates Twitter slowdown, says Meta, Google are ‘instigators of war’
Russia has been impeding Twitter on mobile devices for almost a year, part of a wider campaign for internet control that critics say threatens individual and corporate freedom.
Google pushes new plan to overhaul web-tracking cookies
Google will trial a new system called 'Topics', which it says will protect privacy while continuing to allow targeted advertising.
Australia puts website accused of fake journalists on register for payment by FB, Google
Until recently, the News Cop site credited reporters with accompanying pictures that appear to have been faked, according to two experts.
UK lawmakers call for tougher crackdown on online scammers, cyberflashing
Britain has proposed a landmark online safety law to punish abuses such as child pornography, racism and violence against women, but a joint committee from both houses of parliament says it should include paid-for adverts.
Google disrupts cybercrime web infecting 1 million devices
Unlike conventional botnets that rely on predetermined channels to ensure their survival, Glupteba is programmed to find a replacement server in order to keep operating even after being attacked, says Google.
Google to ban political advertising ahead of Philippine election
The move comes amid pressure on social media platforms over their handling of political advertising during the US presidential election in 2020.