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European citizens will be "masters" of their personal data after the European Union agreed sweeping data protection reform that will give them much more say over how companies use their information, a top EU official said.
b>BRUSSELS:/bThe European Commission has launched a bid to make companies including Internet giants such as Google or Facebook give people more control of their personal data or face big fines
The devil’s bargain underlying the internet economy is that people get free usage of websites such as Google and Facebook in exchange for letting companies collect all sorts of personal data that can be used to sell advertising and other services.
A bug in its software left hundreds of thousands of webpages hosted by Cloudflare Inc leaking encrypted personal data, but there was no sign yet the leak had been exploited by hackers, the Internet security firm said.
US short-term rental company Airbnb Inc has told Chinese users that it will store their personal data locally as foreign tech companies operating in China respond to increasing regulatory pressure.
Two out of three hotel websites inadvertently leak guests' booking details and personal data to third-party sites, including advertisers and analytics companies, according to research released by Symantec Corp on April 10.
India's top digital payments company Paytm said its consumer data was safe after police arrested three people, including the company's spokeswoman, over allegations they tried to blackmail its founder and extort nearly US$3mil by threatening to leak personal data.
A new EU-US pact governing the transfer of personal data faces a second legal challenge, putting the details of the deal which underpins billions of dollars of transatlantic trade in digital services under further scrutiny.
British lender Wonga has warned customers in Britain and Poland that their personal data may have been stolen in the latest major corporate security breach.
Russia will address Internet firms' concerns about meeting a deadline to comply with a law forcing them to move the personal data of Russian citizens onto servers inside the country, a Kremlin spokesman said.