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Facebook urged to disable ‘like’ feature for child users



Proposed rules for child safety on social media include limits on data collection

Facebook and other social media firms should alert children if their parent or carer is monitoring their online activity, under proposed guidelines to improve child internet safety in the UK.

Turning off the “like” function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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Kirstie Allsopp defends decision to smash her children’s iPads



Location, Location, Location host hits back at ‘viciousness’ of social media backlash

Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has defended her decision to smash her children’s iPads after they broke her screen-time rules, and has hit back at the online abuse she has received.

The Location, Location, Location host suspended her Twitter account earlier this week following a backlash on social media over her parenting style.

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Government websites hit by cryptocurrency mining malware



Thousands of sites, including NHS services and the ICO, hijacked by rogue code

Thousands of websites, including those belonging to NHS services, the Student Loans Company and several English councils, have been infected by malware that forces visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency while using the site.

Late on Sunday, the website of the UK’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, was taken down to deal with the issue after it was reportedly infected by the malware.

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Apple apologises for slowing down older iPhones with ageing batteries



US admits it introduced feature, that affects the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE, without users’ consent to cope with ageing batteries

Apple has apologised to customers for deliberately slowing the performance of older iPhone models without users’ consent.

The US tech company also announced a $50 (£37) reduction in the cost of iPhone battery replacements, down from $79 to $29, and an iOS (operating system) software update providing updates on iPhone battery health in early 2018.

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Uber licence withdrawal disproportionate, says Theresa May



Prime minister accuses London mayor of ‘damaging lives’ of users, but acknowledges ride-hailing firm must address safety issues

Theresa May has said the decision not to renew Uber’s London licence is disproportionate, and accused the mayor, Sadiq Khan, of putting thousands of jobs at risk.

The ride-hailing company to appeal against the decision by Transport for London not to renew its licence to operate in the capital for reasons of public safety.

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