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TikTok ‘didn’t store’ iPhone clipboard data

Image copyright Getty Social media platform TikTok has told the BBC it did not receive or store any data from Apple iPhone clipboards. In a developer trial of the latest update to the phone’s operating system, iOS 14, users are notified whenever an app accesses the handset’s clipboard. TikTok was one of 53 apps that […]

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O2 sends surprise refund cheques after 15 years

Mobile network O2 has been sending some of its former customers refunds, 15 years after the end of their contracts. Several people posted on Twitter that they had received a letter and cheque from parent company Telefonica stating: “You’ve got a refund.” Some were suspicious that the letter was sent by cyber-fraudsters. But O2 confirmed […]

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Fines to be part of regulating social media, says Ofcom

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Online harms include things such as cyber-bullying and images of self-harm Ofcom will not hesitate to impose fines on social media firms who fail to deal with harmful content, its new boss has said. The watchdog would also consider temporarily suspending platforms in extreme cases of harm. Chief executive […]

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Coronavirus: Ireland set to launch contact-trace app

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Police officers in Ireland trialled the app ahead of its planned national rollout Ireland’s health authority plans to press ahead with the launch of a coronavirus contact-tracing app based on Apple and Google’s technology. The Health Service Executive told the BBC that it would submit a memo to government […]

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UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model

In a major U-turn, the UK is ditching the way its current coronavirus-tracing app works and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple and Google. The Apple-Google design has been promoted as being more privacy-focused. However, it means epidemiologists will have access to less data. The government now intends to launch an […]