The charity Samaritans has suspended a new Twitter app which enables users to monitor the accounts of their friends for distressing messages, following a backlash from privacy campaigners. The Radar app, which launched just over a week ago, sends an alert to users when people they follow post messages that suggest depressed or suicidal thoughts. But critics, including the founder of a petition against the app which won more than 1,200 signatures, argued the tool breaches user’s privacy by collecting, processing and sharing sensitive information about their emotional and mental health.
The European Union’s new data protection rules have finally been agreed by the European Council and await the approval of the European Parliament. But a last-minute addition has sparked a debate about responsibility and consent, by proposing to raise to 16 the “age of consent” under which it is illegal for organisations to handle the individual’s data.
Under EU law in force since May 2011, people must give their consent before an anti-ad-blocker script can run and hide content on a page.
The Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data and to stop tracking the web browsing of Windows 10 users without their consent.