EU agrees draft text of pan-European data privacy rules

New rules will strengthen European citizens’ privacy protections, while a controversial proposal to raise ‘age of digital consent’ to 16 was devolved to member states Europe has taken a big step towards stronger, pan-European data privacy laws, after agreeing the text of new reforms. The agreement, four years in the making, comes after six months of “trilogue” negotiations between the ... Read More »

Banned and dangerous weapons found for sale on

Banned and dangerous weapons, many of them disguised as everyday items, are being routinely and illegally sold to online shoppers on, a Guardian investigation has found. Illegal weapons, including some reputedly developed for military and police forces, have been put up for sale in breach of UK firearms and offensive weapons laws. In test purchases, the Guardian bought three ... Read More »

Rocket blasts off to space station with Russian, American and Briton

A Soyuz rocket carrying a Russian, an American and a Briton blasted off on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a smooth launch en route to the International Space Station. The rocket carrying the Russian Soyuz TMA-19M spaceship lifted off at 5:03 p.m. local time (1103 GMT) to start its six-hour journey, and successfully reached its designated orbit ... Read More »

Drone owners get Christmas surprise from FAA: you will have to register to fly

This StarWars R2D2 custom flying drone is a one-off but plenty of other unmanned aerial vehicles will be given as gifts this Christmas. Buyers beware! If that drone you find under the Christmas tree weighs much more than half a pound, you’re going to have to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before you fly it outside. The ... Read More »

Twitter warns users they may have been hacked by ‘state-sponsored actors’

Twitter has warned a number of users that they may have been the target of a state-sponsored attack. The company has apparently sent the warnings by email to more than twenty users, all of which contain the same details. The warning begins: “As a precaution, we are alerting you that your Twitter account is one of a small group of ... Read More »

Uber and Lyft drivers look to Seattle to jump-start unionization effort

drivers working for taxi-hailing apps Uber and Lyft could get an early Christmas present on Monday when the city council is set to vote on whether to let them unionize. If the legislation were to pass, these on-demand drivers would be able to collectively bargain their future contract and pay. Federal government has been hesitant to pass legislation relating to ... Read More »

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto denies being Craig Wright (maybe)

Someone claiming to be bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto has denied being the Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, who was named as man behind the cryptocurrency by Gizmodo and Wired on Tuesday night. In a posting to the bitcoin-dev mailing list with the subject line “Not this again.”, the email’s author wrote “I am not Craig Wright. We are all Satoshi.” The ... Read More »

VTech hack: man held in Berkshire after probe into toy firm database breach

VTech said its customer database does not contain any credit card information. A 21-year-old man has been arrested as part of a cybercrime investigation into computer hacking at children’s electronic toymaker VTech. The suspect was detained in Bracknell, Berkshire, on Tuesday morning, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (Serocu) said in a statement. He was held on suspicion of ... Read More »

Is Europe really going to ban teenagers from Facebook and the internet?

New European data protection rules would see companies require parental consent to handle data of those under 16, effectively blocking them from social media Teenagers in Europe could be blocked from using Facebook, Whatsapp and other internet services and social media should European data protection laws that increase the age of consent to 16 be pushed through. The European Parliament ... Read More »

Twitter to tap people without Twitter accounts for money

Twitter will start showing ads to its people who visit Twitter every month but who don’t have active user accounts, the company has announced. The number of such “logged out” users is somewhere around 500 million. The change means that if you click on a tweet that appears in a Google search, for instance, you may see ads on that ... Read More »