Friday round-up: A week in tech

A new Star Wars video game has caused a commotion for appearing to encourage the young to take up the pastime of gambling.

Battlefront II features things called ‘loot crates’, which players can purchase and then bust open for some kind of reward. As a crate’s contents aren’t revealed until you’ve bought one, some have slammed the game’s creator, Electronic Arts, for effectively promoting gambling to children.

Shameful, probably. But natural progress, surely? Advertising for gambling outlets floods the internet, TV commercials, the radio waves and newspaper pages – there’s no escaping Ray Winstone’s obnoxious floating head or some former footballer coaxing us to ‘claim a free £10 bet now’ – most of it easily accessible by people well below the age of 18.

The government will have to act at some point. I bet you £100 they bring in new gambling legislation next year.

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A pawnbroking chain has become the latest victim of a serious data breach – but, rather refreshingly, it seems to have broken standard procedure and actually told people about it.

Cash Converters, the store where unwanted Argos Christmas gifts go to be reborn, has said some of its customers’ addresses and usernames on its old website might have been accessed by agents unknown.

Showing some excellent pre-GDPR diligence, the firm rushed to report the breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and has said it’s taking the incident ‘extremely seriously’ – a commendable move and the polar opposite of the squirming avoidance Equifax indulged in during a series of disastrous hacks earlier this year (‘If we don’t tell anyone, maybe it’ll all go away?).

Apparently, no credit card information was accessed, which is something. In a statement, Cash Converters said: ‘Our customers truly are at the heart of everything we do, and we are disappointed that they may have been affected. We apologise for this situation and are taking immediate action to address it.’

If you’d like to know more about what the GDPR will require of you if your data is breached, and learn lots of other things too, please have a look at our excellent guide to the legislation by clicking here.

Friday round-up: A week in tech

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