Can democracies stand up to Facebook? Ireland may have the answer | John Naughton | Opinion

Last month, the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC) sent Facebook a preliminary order ordering it to stop sending the data of its European users to the US. This was a big deal, because in order to comply with the ruling, Facebook would have to embark on a comprehensive re-engineering of Continue Reading

Coronavirus drives surge in support for unionisation, say games industry activists | Games

Worker strikes, let alone successful ones, are vanishingly rare in the video games industry. But in August, writers at Lovestruck, a mobile app that publishes visual romance novels, went on a 21-day strike, accusing the company of unfair pay, and won a rates increase after owner Voltage initially dismissed their Continue Reading

Amazon launches spherical Echo and flying camera drone | Technology

Amazon has announced a full range of new spherical Echo devices, new motorised smart display, a camera drone that flies around your house, a game-streaming service and more. In a streaming presentation, the firm showed off a smorgasbord of new devices from its various brands, including Ring, Eero Fire and Continue Reading

Users report issues as Covid-19 app launches in England and Wales | World news

The launch of the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales has exposed problems with the programme, some of which were known about in advance, and some of which will come as a surprise to both the government and users. Although there were hundreds of thousands of downloads of the Continue Reading

Facebook’s long-awaited oversight board to launch before US election | Technology- Tempemail

The long-awaited Facebook Oversight Board, empowered to overrule some of the platform’s content moderation decisions, plans to launch in October, just in time for the US election. The board will be ready to hear appeals from Facebook users as well as cases referred by the company itself “as soon as Continue Reading

Take-up of NHS contact-tracing app could be only 10% | World news

Take-up of the NHS Covid contact-tracing app being launched in England and Wales on Thursday – and once touted as key to controlling the pandemic – could be as low as 10% in some places, government sources believe. International examples show take-up rates of similar apps at between 10% and Continue Reading

How to download the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app | Technology

Now that the UK government has released the NHS’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app for England and Wales, here’s what you need and how to download it. To use the new NHS Covid-19 app you need an Apple iPhone 6S or newer, or an Android phone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or newer Continue Reading

TikTok hits back at ‘misinformation’ about its ties to China in submission to Senate inquiry | Technology

Video messaging app TikTok has hit back at what it says is “misinformation” about its connection to China, characterising itself as a global platform with “strict controls around security and data access”. The hugely popular platform has used a submission to the Senate inquiry into foreign interference through social media Continue Reading

Facebook says it may quit Europe over ban on sharing data with US | Technology

Facebook has warned that it may pull out of Europe if the Irish data protection commissioner enforces a ban on sharing data with the US, after a landmark ruling by the European court of justice found in July that there were insufficient safeguards against snooping by US intelligence agencies. In Continue Reading

The old telly that brought down a Welsh village’s broadband | UK news

For 18 months, at precisely 7am every day, the broadband signal in the tiny Welsh village of Aberhosan simply vanished. Engineers were sent to the remote settlement in mid Wales, which has a population of just 400, to investigate the problem. They spent days testing connections and replacing cables until Continue Reading