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Tech - Saturday 29 May, 2021

HSE effort to rebuild systems after ransomware attack is 'gaining momentum'
# Cyber Attack
# Cyber Attack

HSE effort to rebuild systems after ransomware attack is 'gaining momentum'

May 29th 2021, 3:46 PM 19,085 Views 21 Comments

Paul Reid, HSE CEO, said that work was progressing but added that patients and staff were still at risk.

Tech - Friday 21 May, 2021

Facebook says its content moderators are ‘not denied access’ to non-disclosure agreements
# Oireachtas Committee
# Oireachtas Committee

Facebook says its content moderators are ‘not denied access’ to non-disclosure agreements

May 21st 2021, 7:49 AM 8,920 Views 6 Comments

Leo Varadkar told an Oireachtas committee he felt it was odd and suspicious that people would not be able to see an agreement they had signed.

Tech - Thursday 20 May, 2021

HSE ransomware attack began on a single computer when an employee clicked on a link
# How It Began
# How It Began

HSE ransomware attack began on a single computer when an employee clicked on a link

May 20th 2021, 9:03 PM 188,784 Views 164 Comments

Sources have confirmed an encryption key was provided by the attack launched by the criminal gang last week.

Ireland's response to the HSE cyber attack has been undermined by Government cuts to Defence Forces, say senior officers
# Troubled Cyber Defence
# Troubled Cyber Defence

Ireland's response to the HSE cyber attack has been undermined by Government cuts to Defence Forces, say senior officers

May 20th 2021, 12:15 AM 50,013 Views 35 Comments
  • Senior military officers have said the response to the HSE Cyber Attack is greatly undermined by Government cuts to the Defence Forces.

Tech - Wednesday 19 May, 2021

Facebook touts progress in curbing hate and violent content
# Facebook Moderation
# Facebook Moderation

Facebook touts progress in curbing hate and violent content

May 19th 2021, 7:36 PM 4,763 Views 5 Comments

Facebook said the “prevalence” of hate speech in the first quarter of 2021 was between 0.05% and 0.06%

China is setting up its own version of GDPR - but how will it work in one of the most secretive countries in the world?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

China is setting up its own version of GDPR - but how will it work in one of the most secretive countries in the world?

May 19th 2021, 11:48 AM 11,968 Views 9 Comments

Observers say the new rules could give China stronger privacy protections than the US.

Personal data of MyHome.ie customers 'inadvertently' leaked online
# Data Breach
# Data Breach

Personal data of MyHome.ie customers 'inadvertently' leaked online

May 19th 2021, 9:38 AM 33,869 Views 17 Comments

The Data Protection Commissioner has been notified.

Tech - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

Poll: How often do you change your online passwords?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: How often do you change your online passwords?

May 18th 2021, 9:13 AM 24,416 Views 72 Comments

The ongoing fallout of the cyber attack on the HSE has placed a renewed focus on the security of people’s data online.

Tech - Saturday 15 May, 2021

China lands spacecraft on Mars for the first time
# The Red Planet
# The Red Planet

China lands spacecraft on Mars for the first time

May 15th 2021, 10:58 AM 20,780 Views 37 Comments

A rover will join an American craft which arrived at the red planet in February.

Tech - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

EU unveils 'landmark' rules on Artificial Intelligence to curb 'high-risk' technologies
# Artificial Intelligence
# Artificial Intelligence

EU unveils 'landmark' rules on Artificial Intelligence to curb 'high-risk' technologies

Apr 21st 2021, 3:56 PM 10,550 Views 13 Comments

“Generalised surveillance” would be off-limits, as well as any tech “used to manipulate the behaviour, opinions or decisions” of citizens.

Netflix reports slower subscriber growth as Covid-related TV and film production delays bite
# Streaming Wars
# Streaming Wars

Netflix reports slower subscriber growth as Covid-related TV and film production delays bite

Apr 21st 2021, 11:34 AM 6,901 Views 6 Comments

But the streaming giant’s revenues jumped 24% to $7.2 billion.

Tech - Thursday 8 April, 2021

Poll: Do you still use Facebook?
# Poll
# Poll

Poll: Do you still use Facebook?

Apr 8th 2021, 9:14 AM 68,240 Views 81 Comments

The social media firm has been subject to more controversy this week.

Tech - Tuesday 30 March, 2021

Facebook accused of ‘disingenuous’ submission over Electoral Reform Bill
# Electoral Reform Bill
# Electoral Reform Bill

Facebook accused of ‘disingenuous’ submission over Electoral Reform Bill

Mar 30th 2021, 5:44 PM 5,985 Views 6 Comments

Facebook has said that if inconsistent regulatory regimes are introduced, it could be forced to choose “between violating Irish law or violating EU law”.

Tech - Friday 19 March, 2021

Twitter survey launched to develop platform rules for world leaders
# Twitter
# Twitter

Twitter survey launched to develop platform rules for world leaders

Mar 19th 2021, 7:40 PM 10,570 Views 14 Comments

The announcement was made by the Twitter Safety Team in a blog post.

Tech - Friday 12 March, 2021

Gardaí begin probe of Fastway cyber attack
# Fastway Couriers
# Fastway Couriers

Gardaí begin probe of Fastway cyber attack

Mar 12th 2021, 6:56 PM 23,163 Views 0 Comments

The Garda probe is the second to be launched as the Data Protection Commission are also carrying out an assessment.

Tech - Thursday 11 March, 2021

Fastway Couriers apologises after customer data from over 440,000 parcel deliveries hacked
# Data Breach
# Data Breach

Fastway Couriers apologises after customer data from over 440,000 parcel deliveries hacked

Mar 11th 2021, 6:22 PM 168,613 Views 81 Comments

Customer data relating to more than 400,000 parcel deliveries was accessed by hackers.

Tech - Monday 1 February, 2021

Huawei to create 110 jobs in Ireland over next two years
# Huawei
# Huawei

Huawei to create 110 jobs in Ireland over next two years

Feb 1st 2021, 7:30 AM 16,297 Views 26 Comments

The Chinese multinational said it plans to invest €80 million in Irish research and development.

Tech - Sunday 24 January, 2021

Poll: Would you use the payments app being planned by Irish banks?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Would you use the payments app being planned by Irish banks?

Jan 24th 2021, 10:23 AM 52,902 Views 106 Comments

The app, Synch Payments, hit a roadblock last week.

Tech - Friday 22 January, 2021

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia amid row over paying media outlets
# Social Media
# Social Media

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia amid row over paying media outlets

Jan 22nd 2021, 8:37 AM 22,485 Views 54 Comments

The law aims to make Google and Facebook pay Australian media companies fairly for using news content they siphon from news sites.

Tech - Sunday 17 January, 2021

Swiss tech sleuths claim two people at the origin QAnon conspiracy
# Qanon
# Qanon

Swiss tech sleuths claim two people at the origin QAnon conspiracy

Jan 17th 2021, 3:29 PM 45,676 Views 17 Comments

A Swiss startup said it had used its algorithm-based software, developed to detect plagiarism, to help crack QAnon.

Tech - Thursday 14 January, 2021

WhatsApp reassures users of privacy as people flock to Signal and Telegram
# Privacy Vs Free Services
# Privacy Vs Free Services

WhatsApp reassures users of privacy as people flock to Signal and Telegram

Jan 14th 2021, 7:47 AM 43,692 Views 46 Comments

“We can’t see your private messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.

Tech - Monday 11 January, 2021

Irish-founded Stripe to stop processing payments for Donald Trump's campaign website
# Online Payments
# Online Payments

Irish-founded Stripe to stop processing payments for Donald Trump's campaign website

Jan 11th 2021, 9:13 AM 66,507 Views 51 Comments

The move comes as Silicon Valley companies ditch Trump one-by-one.

Tech - Thursday 7 January, 2021

Facebook and Twitter both (temporarily) ban Donald Trump from posting for the first time
# Banned
# Banned

Facebook and Twitter both (temporarily) ban Donald Trump from posting for the first time

Jan 7th 2021, 2:17 AM 32,144 Views 45 Comments

Twitter has given Trump until midday Irish-time to delete three of his tweets.

Tech - Thursday 31 December, 2020

'Too big to care': 2020 was the year that Europe got serious about tackling Big Tech
# Big Tech
# Big Tech

'Too big to care': 2020 was the year that Europe got serious about tackling Big Tech

Dec 31st 2020, 7:30 PM 10,965 Views 13 Comments

Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple all faced heavy regulatory scrutiny in 2020.

Tech - Monday 28 December, 2020

Trump administration appeals court ruling that blocked its attempted TikTok ban
# App Appeal
# App Appeal

Trump administration appeals court ruling that blocked its attempted TikTok ban

Dec 28th 2020, 8:47 PM 17,027 Views 17 Comments

US officials claim that the Chinese-owned app is a national security threat.

Tech - Thursday 24 December, 2020

China launches landmark probe into online retail behemoth Alibaba
# Big Tech
# Big Tech

China launches landmark probe into online retail behemoth Alibaba

Dec 24th 2020, 12:35 PM 24,416 Views 21 Comments

It’s one of the first investigations of its kind within the country’s runaway tech sector.

Tech - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

Texas and 10 other US states sue Google for anti-competitive practices
# Tech Goliath
# Tech Goliath

Texas and 10 other US states sue Google for anti-competitive practices

Dec 16th 2020, 10:15 PM 9,480 Views 20 Comments

“If the free market was a baseball game, Google positioned itself as the pitcher, the batter and the umpire,” Texas’ Attorney General said.

Tech - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Pornhub introduces curbs against illegal content amid reports of child sex abuse and rape videos
# Pornhub
# Pornhub

Pornhub introduces curbs against illegal content amid reports of child sex abuse and rape videos

Dec 9th 2020, 3:22 PM 22,756 Views 15 Comments

The New York Times reported finding videos featuring illegal content on the site.

Tech - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Eir CEO says it was a 'mistake' to locate customer care centre in Sligo
# Complaints
# Complaints

Eir CEO says it was a 'mistake' to locate customer care centre in Sligo

Updated Nov 25th 2020, 6:36 PM 117,466 Views 163 Comments

Carolan Lennon has since clarified her remarks and said Eir is “committed to Sligo”.

Tech - Friday 20 November, 2020

Vatican inquiry after Pope's Instagram account 'likes' racy image by Brazilian model
# Jesus Mary And Joseph
# Jesus Mary And Joseph

Vatican inquiry after Pope's Instagram account 'likes' racy image by Brazilian model

Nov 20th 2020, 9:40 AM 51,590 Views 56 Comments

The ‘like’ was spotted earlier this week but has since been removed.

Tech - Monday 9 November, 2020

Ireland 'far behind the curve' on gambling laws as warning sounded on 'insidious' loot boxes in video games
# Loot Boxes
# Loot Boxes

Ireland 'far behind the curve' on gambling laws as warning sounded on 'insidious' loot boxes in video games

Nov 9th 2020, 12:05 AM 40,848 Views 38 Comments

The long-awaited gambling regulator will review laws around loot boxes in video games – but it isn’t clear when it’ll be set up.

Tech - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

US government sues Google over its 'illegal monopoly' on internet search and advertising services
# Tech
# Tech

US government sues Google over its 'illegal monopoly' on internet search and advertising services

Oct 20th 2020, 5:45 PM 23,450 Views 62 Comments

The case is one of the country’s biggest antitrust lawsuits in decades.

Tech - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 12
# Unveiling
# Unveiling

Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 12

Oct 13th 2020, 8:44 AM 26,602 Views 52 Comments

There could be as many as four different versions of the new iPhone, reports say.

Tech - Thursday 8 October, 2020

Google must negotiate with media groups over paying for online news, Paris court rules
# Dispute
# Dispute

Google must negotiate with media groups over paying for online news, Paris court rules

Oct 8th 2020, 10:19 AM 11,003 Views 16 Comments

The ruling came as the US firm announced it was close to a deal on compensating French media groups.

Tech - Thursday 24 September, 2020

TikTok set to appear in US court to argue attempted ban is not motivated by 'genuine security concerns'
# China
# China

TikTok set to appear in US court to argue attempted ban is not motivated by 'genuine security concerns'

Sep 24th 2020, 7:34 AM 7,568 Views 8 Comments

The Chinese-owned app is seeking a preliminary injunction against the ban.

Tech - Monday 21 September, 2020

Judge halts WeChat ban in US-China tech battle
# Technology
# Technology

Judge halts WeChat ban in US-China tech battle

Sep 21st 2020, 12:03 PM 15,800 Views 10 Comments

At the weekend Donald Trump said he had approved a deal allowing Oracle to become data partner for TikTok to avert a shutdown of that app.

Tech - Friday 18 September, 2020

US bans TikTok and WeChat, citing national security reasons
# China
# China

US bans TikTok and WeChat, citing national security reasons

Sep 18th 2020, 2:37 PM 21,442 Views 30 Comments

Downloads of the apps will be banned from Sunday onwards.

Tech - Thursday 17 September, 2020

Sony and Microsoft to go head-to-head at Christmas as PlayStation 5 gets release date
# Gaming
# Gaming

Sony and Microsoft to go head-to-head at Christmas as PlayStation 5 gets release date

Sep 17th 2020, 8:14 AM 37,530 Views 46 Comments

The new console will go on sale on 12 November,

Tech - Friday 11 September, 2020

Facebook launches High Court challenge to DPC's order to suspend EU-US data transfers
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Facebook launches High Court challenge to DPC's order to suspend EU-US data transfers

Sep 11th 2020, 12:16 PM 11,769 Views 0 Comments

The DPC told Facebook this week to stop transferring data belonging to European Union users to the US.

Tech - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Facebook told it can no longer send user data from EU to US
# Data Protection Commission
# Data Protection Commission

Facebook told it can no longer send user data from EU to US

Sep 10th 2020, 8:47 AM 21,303 Views 32 Comments

The social media giant said the Data Protection Commission told it the key mechanism it uses to transfer data to the US “cannot in practice be used”.

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