Vote Leave data firm hit with first ever GDPR notice

Image copyright PA Image caption Data was gathered to help campaigning during the UK referendum A Canadian analytics firm that worked for Vote Leave has received the UK’s first formal notice under a key data law, the UK’s data protection watchdog has confirmed. AggregateIQ (AIQ) was accused of processing people’s data “for purposes which they […]

GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: GoPro’s new stabilisation put to the test GoPro hopes it can tempt film-makers to try its latest camera with the promise of smooth videos without the need for stabilisation equipment. Its Hero 7 Black records “Hypersmooth” steadied clips in real-time. GoPro has posted a loss in […]

John Hancock makes fitness tracking ‘mandatory’ for insurance

Image copyright Getty Images One of the largest life insurance providers in North America will no longer offer policies that do not include digital fitness tracking. John Hancock will now sell only “interactive” policies that collect health data through wearable devices such as a smartwatch. Policyholders can earn discounts and rewards such as gift cards […]

US judge allows e-voting despite hack fears

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption E-voting machines are in use across 14 US states A judge in the US state of Georgia has approved the use of electronic voting machines – despite being “gravely concerned” that they could be hacked. There wasn’t enough time before November’s mid-term elections to switch to a secure paper-based […]

Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console

Image copyright Sony Image caption Sony’s PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original. Sony has announced a miniature version of the first PlayStation console, which originally launched in 1994. The mini version will come with 20 retro titles, including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3. The PlayStation Classic is around half the size of […]

Hologram phone calls – sci-fi or serious possibility?

Image copyright Youtube Image caption Could holograms – think Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV – be projected from our phones? High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and even project holograms from our handsets. But […]

Equifax fined by ICO over data breach that hit Britons

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The data breach affected 15 million UK customers Credit rating agency Equifax is to be fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it failed to protect the personal data of 15 million Britons. A 2017 cyber-attack exposed information belonging to 146 million people around the world, mostly in […]

Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs

Image copyright Florida Atlantic University Image caption The robotic jellyfish propel themselves with rubber tentacles A fleet of robotic jellyfish has been designed to monitor delicate ecosystems, including coral reefs. The underwater drones were invented by engineers at Florida Atlantic University and are driven by rings of hydraulic tentacles. The robots can squeeze through tight […]

3D printing shop closes after accusations of idolatry

Image copyright Al-Qabas News A 3D printing shop in Kuwait has reportedly been shut down by authorities following pressure from an Islamist cleric. The shop, which specialises in producing figurines that bear a life-like resemblance to real people, was accused of creating “idols” by Sheikh Othman al-Khamis. The Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper reported that the shop […]

Breck Bednar murder: Film warning of online grooming launched

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVideo raises awareness of online grooming A film telling the “absolutely horrific” story of how a 14-year-old boy was lured to his death by a man he met online has been launched. Breck Bednar was murdered by Lewis Daynes in Grays, Essex, in 2014. Four police forces […]

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