Adblock Plus ruled legal by German court

In a blow to publishers and advertisers (and a victory for consumers) a German court in Hamburg has ruled that the practice of blocking advertising is legitimate. The decision comes after a four-month trial where Germany-based Eyeo, the company that owns Adblock Plus,...

Most online crime ‘goes unreported’

Eighty percent of online crime is not reported to the authorities, with digital police practices ‘severely hampered’ and requiring ‘a fundamental change in mindset’, according to City of London Police commissioner Adrian Leppard. In a new report, the police group,...

Amazon aims to block fake reviews

Amazon has sued four firms that pay people to produce reviews that then appear on the online retailer’s site. The move marks the first time in its 20 year history that the online retailer is taking legal action against businesses it claims sells fake reviews to...

Facebook and Google user data comes under EU scrutiny

Top digital firms including Facebook and Google are facing scrutiny over how they handle data as the European Court of Justice (ECJ) looks to investigate whether data agreements between the EU and US protect European privacy. The case was prompted by a complaint from...

Brands warned of incoming ‘.sucks’ domain

An influx of new domain names are going on sale in June, including the potentially harmful .suck domain… and businesses are urged to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves. In less than three months, the general public will be able to buy a...

Target fined $10m for data breach

Target has agreed to pay out a total of $10m (£6.74m) to people affected by a data breach in 2013, according to reports. Each claimant will get up to $10,000 in damages under the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit, pending court approval. Target has said at...