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06 October 2021

A former Facebook employee has told US politicians that the company's sites and apps harm children's mental health and stoke division in society.

Frances Haugen, a 37-year-old former product manager turned whistleblower, heavily criticised the company at a hearing in the Senate.

Facebook has faced growing scrutiny and increasing calls for its regulation.

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30 September 2021

Report Harmful Content introduces a new and accessible way for users to report legal but harmful material online. The Report Harmful Content button is a quick and simple method for helping anyone to report offensive or harmful material online, no matter where they are.

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22 September 2021

Facial recognition technology (FRT) may need to be regulated in much the same way as some ethically sensitive medical techniques to ensure there are sufficient safeguards in place to protect people's privacy and freedoms.

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02 September 2021

A sweeping set of regulations governing how online services should treat children’s data have been welcomed by campaigners as they come into effect.

The Age Appropriate Design Code – which was written into law as part of the 2018 Data Protection Act, which also implemented GDPR in the UK – mandates websites and apps from Thursday to take the “best interests” of their child users into account, or face fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover.

 

There is a clear summary of the code here

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17 August 2021

App and web-based ordering has become commonplace during the pandemic.

But the Information Commissioner's Office told the BBC that customers should be aware they had a choice over whether to share information.

Venues should only ask for data that is "relevant and necessary", the ICO said.

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