social media
Facebook Should Tell Kids When They’re Being Monitored, Says ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has released a list of 16 recommendations for social media platforms to use when designing for children, including turning off geolocation by default and letting them know when a parent is watching. Read More >>

bitcoin
China Considers Ban on Cryptocurrency Mining Because It’s a Stupid Waste of Energy

Regulators in China are considering a ban on cryptocurrency mining as an “undesirable” economic activity, according to a government document released Monday. Read More >>

cambridge analytica
Shady-Ass Cambridge Analytica Was Reportedly Developing a Shady-Ass Cryptocoin

Cambridge Analytica, the disgraced data firm that guided the Trump campaign’s digital strategy and sparked Facebook’s latest troubles, reportedly wanted to branch out into shadier business: digital currencies. According to a former Cambridge employee, the planned token was aimed at giving people more control over their personal data. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
MailChimp to Cryptocurrency Promoters: Your Fake Money’s No Good Here

Mass-email service MailChimp has updated their acceptable use policy, putting a moratorium on newsletters promoting cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings. As you can imagine, everyone’s taking it well. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
Atari Is Launching a Cryptocurrency Because That’s Just What a Company Like Atari Does Now

Lately, it’s seemed like Atari has been putting it’s focus on two big strategies: crowdfunding and promoting products that don’t exist. So, it makes perfect sense that it’s reportedly getting into the cryptocurrency game with its own coin offering, the Atari Token. Read More >>

kodak
Oh My God, Kodak Is Going to Die, Isn’t It?

What have you done Kodak, what have you done? Earlier this month, the stalwart film company got into bed with the oh-so-tempting blockchain brigade, and its stock price dutifully shot up. With one day to go before its initial coin offering, more details have emerged about this unholy marriage, and it’s easy to believe that the reincarnated Kodak isn’t long for this world. Read More >>

technology
Bjork’s Reportedly Giving Away Cryptocurrency With Her New Album

You can pretty much set your watch to the latest tech trends by following the release of Bjork albums. Following her previous iPad app album, and various forays into VR, she’s now apparently including a little bit of cryptocurrency for anyone who buys her new album. Let’s hope the SEC doesn’t have any issues with that. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
What Are ICOs and Why Are They Getting Banned in China? 

Over the weekend, China banned initial coin offerings (ICO) and briefly paused the seemingly unstoppable price increase of bitcoin. But the cryptocurrency has already bounced back. With the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Dotcom, and John McAfee all jumping into the ICO world in one way or another, it seems worth asking what the hell this whole thing is about. Read More >>

privacy
University of Greenwich Cock-Up Posts Very Personal Student Details Online

The University of Greenwich could be hit with multi-million-pound fines after posting the extremely personal details of hundreds of its students online. Names, addresses, dates of birth, mobile phone numbers and signatures were all available through the university's website, and could be found through a Google search. Read More >>

politics
Telegraph Slapped on the Wrist After Breaking Rules With ‘Vote Conservative’ Email

The Telegraph has been hit with a £30,000 fine, after calling on email subscribers to vote Conservative in a message sent on election day. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says Telegraph Media Group broke marketing rules and “crossed a line” with the message, though the last-minute nature of the update and a general lack of complaints mean the publication has got off rather lightly. Read More >>

security
Schools Told to Carry on Dropboxing Despite Safe Harbour Ruling

The Information Commissioner's Office has told UK schools that they're allowed to carry on using social media, Dropbox and the like despite the worries caused by the Safe Harbour ruling, with the ICO saying there's "no new and immediate threat" to the data schools might be sending to various US-based cloud servers. Read More >>

networks
Phone Networks Assemble to Tackle Nuisance Texts

A string of UK phone networks have teamed up with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to deal with the problem of spam text messages, with EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone all lending their support. Read More >>

google
Google UK Told to Rewrite its Privacy Policy or Face Possible Legal Action

Remember all the fuss regarding Google's updated universal privacy policy that kicked in last year? We're going to have to go through it all again, as the UK's privacy watchdog has decided it's too unclear for users to understand and needs changing. Read More >>

Judgement
google
ICO: Google Must Delete Wi-Fi Slurp Data in 35 Days or Else

How Google's managed to escape a fine over its gobbling of Wi-Fi data by its fleet of Street View cars in the UK, I have no idea. But the Information Commissioner's Office has given the search giant 35 days to eradicate all traces of the amassed data or face criminal charges. Read More >>

Sony PSN Hack
sony
Sony Gets a Whopping £250,000 Slap Across the Face For That PSN Hacking Mess

Ouch, talk about putting the boot in. The Information Commissioner's Office has decided that Sony should have done more to prevent all that PSN hacking back in 2011, which saw millions of users details, including credit cards and addresses, compromised. It's slapped Sony with a huge £250,000 fine. Read More >>