health
Health Experts Warn of Tech-Fuelled Hypochondria

Doctoring experts from the Royal College of Surgeons are worried that we might be worrying way too much about our health, as an avalanche of vague lifestyle advice from today's gadgets will have us stressing about every elevated heart rate and warm flush. Read More >>

phones
Today They Say Roaming Fees Won’t Return After Any Sort of Brexit

Either the good Brexit or the bad Brexit won't lead to the mobile phone companies going back on EU-led laws to restrict massive fees for connecting to local networks while abroad, says the man in the government currently in charge of guessing what's going to happen when Brexit O'clock inexorably ticks around. Read More >>

5g
The People of Birmingham Need 5G Mobiles Soon

What people who live in London think is the North is about to receive the first operational 5G mobile networks in the UK, with a hotbed and testbed of 5G technologies given the green light – and £50m of government-backed funds – to connect three cities in the West Midlands. Read More >>

privacy
Woman Sues US Border Agents to Make Them Return Data They Seized From Her Phone

A lawsuit filed against officials from the US Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week signals the increasingly invasive practices of border agents—as well as the pressing need for protections of our data. Read More >>

security
Butlin’s Has Computers Now and They Got Hacked

Youth internment chain Butlin's has joined the list of shame that records mass public hackings, with the company saying that the details of around 34,000 guests have been obtained by hackers. Read More >>

networks
Vodafone’s VOXI Network is Now Offering Triple Data

Have you heard of VOXI? I wouldn't blame you if you hadn't, it's quite a new mobile network designed for them young-uns. It's owned and run by Vodafone, so it's a bit like their version of giffgaff, complete with plans and benefits you wouldn't find on the main network. The main one is free social data but now it's been announced that VOXI is offering triple data as well. Read More >>

data
Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful

Thanks to the rise of cloud storage, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways to save photos, music, documents, or anything else offsite. Unfortunately, if you ever want to transfer that data from one service to another, the process can be quite tedious, as you’ll probably be forced to download everything and then manually re-upload all those files to a new home in someone else’s server farm. Read More >>

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Cashing in My Personal Data for Chips at a London Gambling Pop-Up

If a gentleman makes his own luck, then I’m no gentleman. Just a month ago, I draw Germany in a World Cup sweepstake only to cheer on a team that would rather roll over to South Korea than give me the satisfaction of winning £70. Read More >>

sport
These Are The Most Geographically Stupid World Cup Matches

Last Thursday, England played a football match against Belgium, one of our closest friends and allies. In fact, Belgium is so close that you can get from London to Brussels in less time than it takes to get to York. You don’t even need to catch a plane. So… isn’t it a bit weird that both teams, hundreds of officials and thousands of fans had to trek all the way to Kaliningrad - a Russian exclave you were only dimly aware actually existed - in order to play each other? Read More >>

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Surprise, Facebook Reportedly Gave Companies Your Friends’ Data After it Said it Wouldn’t

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but it looks like Facebook may have been sharing more of your data than you thought it was. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the social network cut deals with a number of companies to provide access to user records and friend data even after its policy change that prevented apps from scraping that very information. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Is Trying to Kill Its New Privacy Scandal on a Technicality

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal first broke in March, Facebook has been scrambling to change its policies and reassure the public that it no longer recklessly shares data with third parties. But late last weekend we learned that it has quietly been giving device makers access to users' data this whole time. It argues this was different for several reasons and device makers could only use the data to provide “the Facebook experience.” Read More >>

leaks
App That Allows Parents to Spy on Teens Leaked Thousands of Passwords

TeenSafe, a service used by parents to monitor the online behaviours and phone activity of their children, allowed tens of thousands of accounts to leak online after failing to properly secure their servers. Read More >>

politics
Bloc-Voting, Backstabbing and Brexit: What Do Eurovision Voting Patterns Tell Us?

Half of Europe woke up last Sunday morning with a pounding hangover and a dim memory of a woman clucking like a chicken. This can only mean one thing: Eurovision is back. Read More >>

data
Open Rights Group is Taking the Government to Court Over Immigrant Data Access Exemptions

Back in December it was revealed that sections of the upcoming Data Protection Bill would strip the three million EU citizens living in the UK of their digital rights. More specifically anyone going through the immigration process wouldn't be allowed to how much of their data has been collected and held onto by private companies and public authorities - something that would prevent these people from challenging errors made by the home office (which apparently happen to 1 in 10 cases). Read More >>

security
Major Bank Loses 12 Million Customers’ Data in the Most Embarrassing Way Possible

Just when you thought all data breaches amounted to hacker shenanigans, the largest bank in Australia has belatedly confirmed a different sort of breach story. BuzzFeed reports that the Commonwealth Bank lost 12 million customers’ data after magnetic tape backups containing their personal financial history from 2004 to 2014 went missing. It just lost them. They may have literally fallen off a lorry. And the bank didn’t even bother telling its customers about the incident. Read More >>