Pegasus spyware can be uploaded via WhatsApp  hack and can spy on calls and chats, and remotely control the device’s microphone and camera. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic/File

Users of Facebook’s communications app WhatsApp were advised this week to update their software, following the discovery that a previously unknown wea(...)

A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Experts believe it is already too late to restrict the movement of face data across geographic borders. Photograph: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

When Jillian York, a 36-year-old American activist, was on vacation in February, she received an unexpected text. Her friend Adam Harvey, another acti(...)

Article 13, a proposed amendment to EU copyright law, has split opinions

Article 13, a proposed amendment to EU copyright law, has been described as both a protective measure for artists and a tool for corporate control. An(...)

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter,  and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook: Lawmakers are upping pressure on technology companies over election meddling, alleged anti-conservative bias and antitrust questions. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

While the most attention-grabbing tech event this week was the appearance of two high-profile Silicon Valley executives before two US congressional co(...)

The case of US v Nikolai Bosyk established that clicking on a URL was grounds for a prosecutor to get a warrant to search a home.

Is clicking on a URL linking to illegal content enough for authorities to obtain a search warrant for your house? The Electronic Frontier Foundation ((...)

Google has outlined a code of ethics it will abide by as it develops AI

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai has announced a new set of principles the company will be using as a code of ethics to abide by when developing f(...)

The tech conference circuit has suffered from a dearth of women speakers for years, and, as numerous scandals have shown recently, the industry hasn’t exactly proved itself to be women-friendly, either.

The annual RSA security conference, taking place in San Francisco this week, often captures the tech zeitgeist. Even when it doesn’t try. Take, for e(...)

Long before the Big Tech backlash, before politicians feared the power of tech leaders and before Facebook users questioned giving up their personal i(...)

At the end of March, President Donald Trump signed into law the Cloud Act, which removed the ambiguity over whether a US court could demand data held extraterritorially. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The Microsoft Dublin email case has ended with a whimper rather than a bang. The case, which concerns whether the United States government may use a (...)

Fake that: Nicolas Cage

The concept of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically machine learning, being used for less-than-worthy causes has come to public attention this p(...)

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