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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban said people would be asked to vote on five questions, including: ‘Do you support the promotion of gender reassignment treatments for minors?’ File photograph: EPA

Hungary’s populist government has called a referendum on its drive to restrict access to LGBT content, in what critics decried as a bid to stoke a “cu(...)

In this file photograph taken on August 28th, 2016, a woman uses a smartphone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

A major Israeli cybersurveillance company, NSO Group, has come under heightened scrutiny after an international alliance of news outlets reported that(...)

Edward Snowden: Given his disclosures on the scale of US mass surveillance, utilising the sea of data sucked in by US-based multinational social media and technology giants, it is difficult to accept US arguments EU user data can be kept separate and given protections not afforded US citizens.  Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Three years after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in the EU, problems loom in the two big markets that exchange data wit(...)

When Facebook bought the WhatsApp messaging service in 2014, it pledged not to share user data with its other companies.  Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Are you still using WhatsApp? You might have noticed a steady stream of friends and family ditching the Facebook-owned messenger in recent weeks. The(...)

Jake Angeli (C) with other supporters of former US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

A new administration is settling into the White House, and one priority must be a consideration of technology, as an industry sector, as policy, as a (...)

Valerie Gilbert  with her dog, Milo, in New York. Photograph: Meghan Marin/The New York Times

Every morning, Valerie Gilbert, a Harvard-educated writer and actor, wakes up in her Upper East Side apartment in New York City; feeds her dog, Milo, (...)

US and EU regulators should be blocking any such steps to further integrate Facebook’s three platforms. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images)

Public concern about online privacy has grown alongside the evidence that many technology companies and platforms require the large-scale surrender of(...)

In November Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation. File photograph: Samuel Corum/The New York Times

Us president Donald Trump has granted full pardons to 15 people and commuted all or part of the sentences of five others, in a wave of pre-Christmas p(...)

“We’re being treated as guinea pigs,” says Prof Carissa Véliz. Photograph: iStock

“If you’re reading this book, you probably already know your personal data is being collected, stored and analysed,” Carissa Véliz begins, in Privacy (...)

The social network giant said it sought a judicial review of the Data Protection Commission’s preliminary decision. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Facebook sought to derail proposals by the Irish data protection watchdog that the tech giant warns could curb transfers of vast amounts of commercial(...)

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