Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity

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Privacy researchers in Europe believe they have the first proof that a long-theorised vulnerability in systems designed to protect privacy by aggregating and adding noise to data to mask individual identities is no longer just a theory. The research hasRead More

US legislator, David Cicilline, joins international push to interrogate platform power

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US legislator David Cicilline will be joining the next meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, it has been announced. The meeting will be held in Dublin on November 7. Chair of the committee, the IrishRead More

Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio

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Microsoft is the latest tech giant to amend its privacy policy after media reports revealed it uses human contractors to review audio recordings of Skype and Cortana users. A section in the policy on how the company uses personal dataRead More

WebKit’s new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security

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WebKit, the open source engine that underpins Internet browsers including Apple’s Safari browser, has announced a new tracking prevention policy that takes the strictest line yet on the background and cross-site tracking practices and technologies which are used to creepRead More

Flatfair, the ‘deposit-free’ renting platform, raises $11M led by Index Ventures

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Flatfair, a London-based fintech that lets landlords offer “deposit-free” renting to tenants, has raised $11 million in funding. The Series A round is led by Index Ventures, with participation from Revolt Ventures, Adevinta, Greg Marsh (founder of Onefinestay), Jeremy HelbsyRead More

Oyo to invest $335M in vacation rental business in Europe push

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Indian budget hotel booking startup Oyo will invest 300 million euros ($335 million) in its vacation home rental business, it said Wednesday, as it looks to expand its footprint in Europe and possibly closely compete with global giant Airbnb, oneRead More

Business management startup vCita acquires email marketing tool WiseStamp

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Just a couple of months after disclosing a $15 million round of funding, vCita, the business management SaaS for SMEs, has made an acquisition: It’s acquiring WiseStamp, a veteran of the Israeli startup scene that launched its email marketing toolRead More

Facebook’s human-AI blend for audio transcription is now facing privacy scrutiny in Europe

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Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe is now asking the company for detailed information about the operation of a voice-to-text feature in Facebook’s Messenger app and how it complies with EU law. Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Facebook uses human contractorsRead More

Dostavista, the ‘crowdsourced’ same-day delivery service, raises $15M Series B

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Dostavista, the “crowdsourced” same-day delivery service founded in Russia but operating in several countries, has raised a $15 million Series B. Leading the round is Vostok New Ventures, with participation from existing investors Flashpoint, and Addventure. Founded in 2012 byRead More

Rocket Internet’s Caterwings acquires German business catering marketplace Lemoncat

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Caterwings, the Rocket Internet-founded corporate catering marketplace that operates in 8 countries, has acquired German competitor Lemoncat. Terms remain undisclosed, although I understand from a source close to the company that it was an “8-digit all stock” deal and seesRead More