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Privacy In Focus | May 6th

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by Leanna Cofano

We bring you a round up of articles and updates in the data sphere.

 

Europe: EDPS-EDPB Joint Opinion on the Proposal of the European Parliament and of the Council on harmonised rules on fair access to and use of data ( EU’s Data Act) – ‘data protection must prevail to empower data subjects’.

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Global: The Wall Street Journal reports that Grindr User Data was sold via ad-networks reportedly since at least 2017.  The article tells of the impact this has allegedly had on users when the dating app’s user locations were collected and sold.  In the last two years Grindr has curtailed the data it shares with advertising partners.

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UK: The ICO warn that the Financial Conduct Authority has seen screen sharing scams rise by 86% and more than £25 million has been stolen since January 2021. They encourage that suspicious calls be reported to Action Fraud and to take steps to keep extra protected.

Scammers are using screen sharing software and then expanding permissions or downloading remote access software which gives them direct access to online bank accounts. They can also then install their own malware giving them full access at any time.

Read the FCA’s advice to learn more about the common tactics of these scammers –  ScamSmart – Avoid investment and pension scams | FCA

Read the BBCs coverage