Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible databaseThe fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and pers…

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The privacy paradox: why do people keep using tech firms that abuse their data? | John Naughton

Despite privacy scandals, Facebook is more profitable than ever – journalists must use the tools of tech to understand whyA dark shadow looms over our networked world. It’s called the “privacy paradox”. The main commercial engine of this world involves…

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BA chief pledges to compensate customers after data breach

Álex Cruz apologises for ‘sophisticated’ theft affecting 380,000 payment cardsHave you been affected by the breach? Let us knowThe chief executive of British Airways has promised to compensate customers who have had their data stolen in what he describ…

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Superdrug targeted by hackers who claim to have 20,000 customer details

Health and beauty retailer advises online customers to change their passwordsSuperdrug has advised its online customers to change their passwords after the high street chain was targeted by hackers claiming to have stolen the personal details of thousa…

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Rise of the machines: has technology evolved beyond our control?

Technology is starting to behave in intelligent and unpredictable ways that even its creators don’t understand. As machines increasingly shape global events, how can we regain control?The voice-activated gadget in the corner of your bedroom suddenly la…

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