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Google changes rules for buying election adverts

Image copyright PA Image caption Google will log who buys adverts and let people search an archive of election content Google is demanding that those placing political ads during the forthcoming US elections must prove they are US citizens or permanent residents. The demand is part of an update to its policies that tries to […]

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Facebook privacy: Survey suggests continuing US loyalty

Image copyright Getty Images Most Facebook users in the US remain loyal, despite the recent data sharing scandal involving a political consultancy firm, a poll suggests. Facebook admitted last month that the data of 87 million users had been improperly shared with the UK-based firm, Cambridge Analytica. The Reuters/Ipsos survey found no clear loss or […]

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YouTube stars' fury as videos promoting cheating removed

Image copyright Patty Mayo Image caption Bounty hunter Patty Mayo’s channel has had multiple videos taken down YouTube stars are complaining after hundreds of videos containing adverts for an essay-writing service were removed from their channels. It follows a BBC Trending investigation which found more than 250 channels had YouTubers plugging EduBirdie. Many of the […]

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Drones used to disrupt FBI hostage situation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The FBI says drones are being used to disrupt hostage situations Criminals used drones to disrupt the monitoring of a hostage situation, says the FBI. A top FBI official told a drone conference in Denver that criminals deliberately flew several small drones to block the rescue team’s view of […]

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Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold online

Image copyright Getty Images Fake online reviews are being openly traded on the internet, a BBC investigation has found. BBC 5 live Investigates was able to buy a false, five-star recommendation placed on one of the world’s leading review websites, Trustpilot. It also uncovered online forums where Amazon shoppers are offered full refunds in exchange […]

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Deadline to amend UK surveillance laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Human rights groups have claimed the UK’s surveillance powers went too far High Court judges have given the UK government six months to revise parts of its Investigatory Powers Act. Rules governing the British surveillance system must be changed quickly because they are “incompatible” with European laws, said judges. […]

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Cut-price genes

Image copyright Oxford Nanopore Image caption Oxford Nanopore’s portable DNA sequencer has been used around the world Fifteen years ago this month, the full human genome sequence was published for the first time, heralding a new era of medicine. Since then technology has markedly speeded up genomic sequencing and reduced the cost. But have those […]

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Facebook threw us under bus, says data firm Cubeyou

Image copyright Getty Images A company suspended from Facebook in the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal says it feels betrayed by the social media giant. Cubeyou collected information about users of the social media site through personality quiz apps that was allegedly sold for marketing purposes. Chief executive Federico Treu told the BBC the […]

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WhatsApp to raise minimum age limit to 16 in EU

Image copyright Getty Images Popular messaging service Whatsapp is banning under-16s from using its platform in the European Union. Users must currently be at least 13, but the firm is changing the rules ahead of the introduction of new EU data privacy regulations in May. The app, which is owned by Facebook, will ask users […]

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YouTube publishes deleted videos report

Image copyright Reuters YouTube’s first three-monthly “enforcement report” reveals the website deleted 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017 for breaching its community guidelines. The figure does not include videos removed for copyright or legal reasons. Sexually explicit videos attracted 9.1 million reports from the website’s users, while 4.7 million were reported for hateful […]