Neowin News Feed for: Policy Neowin News Feed for: Policy en-us Neowin Ignition News (Managing Editor) (Neowin Developers) 5 Microsoft Compliance Extension for Chrome is now generally available <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft&#039;s Compliance Extension for Chrome has hit GA. It enables organizations to utilize Data Loss Prevention and Insider Risk Management solutions to set up fine-grained policies on Chrome. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Fri, 28 May 2021 05:06:01 +0000 Microsoft pokes fun at WhatsApp privacy fiasco, recommends Skype instead <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Following WhatsApp updating its privacy policy to indicate that user data will be shared with Facebook, Microsoft has jumped in on the opportunity to recommend that users migrate to Skype instead. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Sat, 09 Jan 2021 09:24:01 +0000 Facebook will allow ads for COVID-19 vaccines, as long as they are not for commercial gain <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Facebook will now allow ads that promote COVID-19 vaccines as a way to stop the spread of the virus. However, it will ban exploitative ads and those that claim it to be a cure for the virus. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Sat, 19 Dec 2020 07:06:02 +0000 YouTube plans to curb content promoting harmful conspiracy theories <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>After announcing that it would be removing videos containing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, YouTube has now stated that it will be removing all content promoting harmful conspiracy theories. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Fri, 16 Oct 2020 03:50:01 +0000 Facebook bans QAnon representing accounts across all platforms <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The social media giant bans groups, pages, as well as Instagram accounts related to QAnon. The policy update came after the firm&#039;s previous attempt to stop the surging misinformation. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Hamza Khan) Wed, 07 Oct 2020 04:12:01 +0000 YouTube bolsters policy against dangerous content, including the Bird Box challenge <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>YouTube has renewed its efforts to ban videos containing dangerous stunts like the Bird Box challenge and Tide pod challenge. The policy also applies to pranks that may traumatize children. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Jay Bonggolto) Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:26:01 +0000 Epic Games Store updates refund policy, now in line with Steam <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Following in Steam&#039;s footsteps, Epic has updated its store&#039;s refund policy, allowing users to return games that were purchased less than 14 days ago and have been played less than a couple of hours. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:54:02 +0000 Twitter will now flag offending tweets that break its rules <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>In a new change to the site, Twitter has announced that it will now explicitly show if a tweet you reported has been removed by the site&#039;s moderators for violating its terms of service. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Muhammad Jarir Kanji) Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:32:01 +0000 Study reveals Iran tried to sway public opinion in its favor via social media <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Analysis of Twitter data has revealed that Iran - much like Russia has in recent times - tried to pull a fast one: the country made use of troll farms in order to sway public opinion in its favor. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Sharath Ravishankar) Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:58:02 +0000 Twitter seeks to ban dehumanizing language on its platform in new policy <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Twitter is gathering public feedback on proposed rules meant to ban dehumanizing language on its platform. The comment period runs until October 9 and Twitter will share the details later this year. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Jay Bonggolto) Wed, 26 Sep 2018 07:56:01 +0000 Microsoft will require suppliers to provide paid parental leave to their employees <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Over the next 12 months, Microsoft will be working with its suppliers to implement the new policy, which offers a minimum of 12 weeks of paid parental leave to employees and up to $1,000 per week. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Jay Bonggolto) Fri, 31 Aug 2018 04:52:01 +0000 YouTube bans viral ad for The Nun due to violation of its 'shocking content' policy <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>YouTube has banned a disturbing advertisement for The Nun that popped up for unsuspecting viewers without warning. The promotional material was potentially harmful for heart patients, among others. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:52:01 +0000 Google bars crypto mining apps and more restricted content from the Play Store <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Google no longer allows apps that mine cryptocurrency or serve disruptive ads to users, among other banned content on the Play Store as reflected in an update to its developer policies. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Jay Bonggolto) Fri, 27 Jul 2018 04:02:01 +0000 YouTube announces new punishments for harmful content creators <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Following egregious behavior by content creators such as Logan Paul, YouTube will now be taking strict action against harmful channels, which includes suspension of ad revenue and removal from YPP. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:56:01 +0000 Policies for snaps shipped with Ubuntu being created <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Canonical has begun the process of formulating policies surrounding snap packages that could ship in Ubuntu by default in future releases. Policies are important to ensure stability of the software. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:16:02 +0000 Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies, ICOs and binary options <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have been all the rage of late. With Bitcoin trading at more than $10,000 at the moment, plenty of people want in on the action, including those trying to scam you. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Keefer) Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:06:01 +0000 Zuckerberg takes fixing Facebook's issues as 2018 personal challenge <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Facebook has been under the microscope quite a bit over the last year, from meetings with Congress over fake news to accusations of improperly enforcing is own policies. The CEO wants that to change. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Keefer) Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:02:01 +0000 Twitter clarifies existing rules to explain enforcement rationale <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The company has come under fire over the last several months as a haven for hate speech and online abuse, with patchwork enforcement of existing rules. It has now tried to clarify its policies. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Keefer) Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:50:01 +0000 Apple now lets you tip developers through in-app purchases, takes a slice for itself <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Apple has introduced some big changes to its App Store policy. The main change is that users can now tip app developers, officially, through an in-app purchase. Apple will take a 30% cut of every tip. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Sat, 10 Jun 2017 14:22:01 +0000 Noose tightens for piracy-enabled Kodi boxes <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Facebook has introduced a new clause on its Commerce Policy which bans the sale of piracy-enabling devices on its website. The move tightens the means users can acquire pre-configured devices. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Hill) Thu, 25 May 2017 13:38:01 +0000 AVG can sell your browsing history to third parties <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Security firm AVG has come under fire for recent updates to their privacy policy. The new policy explicitly gives the company the ability to sell browsing and search history to third parties. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Luke Payne) Fri, 18 Sep 2015 02:58:01 +0000 Apple now offers 14-day returns for App Store and iTunes purchases in Europe <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>In a complete reversal of its no refunds policy on App Store and iTunes purchases, Apple has been forced by EU lawmakers to offer a 14-day money back guarantee on purchases in Europe. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Jerry Grey) Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:44:01 +0000 If your kids made in-app purchases without your consent, Google may refund you <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Has your child made in-app purchases in games and apps without your permission? Google is willing to compensate those unauthorized expenses if you are eligible for their refund policy. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Usama Jawad) Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:22:01 +0000 Bill Gates and other Microsoft alumni donate funds backing Washington gun safety law <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Bill and Melinda Gates have given $1 million to a Washington group attempting to create a new state gun safety law, and former Microsoft leaders have also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Anthony Tosie) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:32:01 +0000 Twitter updates policy after Williams death pics abuse on daughters account <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The Internet never fails to create new lows when a celebrity dies, this time around Twitter has been forced to update its policy after gruesome images appeared on Zelda Williams account. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:21:27 +0000 Microsoft updates Terms of Use for higher privacy, transparency and simplicity <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft will be updating the existing Terms of Use and Privacy policies to allow for more privacy, transparency and simplicity. New updates to these will take effect on 31st July, 2014. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Johns) Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:30:07 +0000 Big tech companies are defying U.S. authorities for the sake of transparency <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/967655207Private.jpg" alt="" /></div>Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and later, Yahoo, are making changes to their policies to try and step away from giving in to government requests for big data, which could be good and bad. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Brockman Davis) Sun, 04 May 2014 21:56:38 +0000 Microsoft will no longer access email accounts that steal company IP <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/2070913628Hotmail.png" alt="" /></div>Microsoft has announced that it will no longer access email accounts that they suspect have stolen company IP and will instead turn that information over to the police for a proper investigation. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Brad Sams) Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:05:02 +0000 revises safety policy after user suicide <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/1792326446union-flag.png" alt="" /></div>After the suicide of an user relating to abusive questions, the site has announced a new safety policy, to come into effect in September. The change provides more straightforward reports. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Ferson) Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:57:32 +0000 Amazon closes security hole, quietly <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/97094496Hacker-1.jpg" alt="" /></div>Just last week Mat Honan, a journalist for Wired, had his digital life destroyed by hackers taking control of his Amazon and Apple accounts. Now Amazon has closed the hole that led to the attack. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andrew Stevenson) Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:29:14 +0000 Teacher aide fired for not providing Facebook password <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A teacher&#039;s aide was fired due to content on her Facebook and refusing to give her Facebook password to her employer, now she&#039;s embroiled in a legal battle with the school district. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Stefano Elia) Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:31:06 +0000 School tells students to delete Facebook profiles <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/119121962a.jpg" alt="" /></div>Students at a high school in Brooklyn, New York, have been told to delete their Facebook accounts due to a breach of the school&#039;s policy. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Paul Ferson) Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:19:28 +0000 European group asks Google to pause new privacy policies <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/19535579601.jpg" alt="" /></div>A group of regulators in Europe has requested Google put the enforcement of its new privacy policies on hold until it investigates whether the policies truly protect the personal info for users. <a href="">Read more...</a> (John Callaham) Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:29:54 +0000 Google's new privacy policy may make them evil <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/uploaded/google2_1709755c_thumb.jpg" alt="" /></div>The Mountain View based search giant is moving to unify its service policy soon, which is great news for simplification of the services they offer. However, it may not be as good as it sounds. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Owen Williams) Wed, 25 Jan 2012 01:02:23 +0000 Windows 8 app store approval policy outlined <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/8681177133.jpg" alt="" /></div>If you are looking to create applications for Microsoft&#039;s Windows 8 application store, Microsoft has provided a bit of light on how the approval process will work. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Brad Sams) Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:22:34 +0000 Apple changes course, will allow third party development tools <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/984419520ios_title copy.jpg" alt="" /></div>Apple has officially announced today that it is back tracking on its previous statement of not allowing third party tools. Apple has specifically stated that they are relaxing their rules to allow for third party... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Brad Sams) Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:18:57 +0000 Google tweaks their privacy policies <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/19535579601.jpg" alt="" /></div>Google has announced a number of changes to their privacy policy, making them more simplified and removing some of the complicated &quot;lawyer&quot; terminology. In a post on the official Google blog, Mike Yang, Google's Associate General... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Brenton Currie) Sat, 04 Sep 2010 15:10:33 +0000 How does Windows Marketplace for Mobile app sharing work? <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/logo_wm_large.png" alt="" /></div>Recently, news broke that Windows Marketplace for Mobile would allow you to share purchased applications with five other, separate devices. People, understandably, were pretty excited with this... though it almost seemed too good to be... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Sam Symons) Mon, 25 May 2009 20:11:46 +0000 Carbonite updates Neowin about their Disclosure Policy <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/carbonite.gif" alt="" /></div>Neowin reported earlier today that, an annoyed Carbonite customer who wanted to write reviews in regarding his experiences with Carbonite, found out that the high level employees of carbonite gave positive product reviews disguised... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Chakkaradeep Chandran) Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:03:32 +0000 EFF questions White House website's privacy policy <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/490326605.png" alt="" /></div>The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a U.S nonprofit legal organization, has sent a letter to White House Counsel demanding the reason for exempting third party cookies from's privacy policy. The White House website's privacy... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Chakkaradeep Chandran) Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:37:01 +0000