Natasha Lomas

Natasha Lomas

Senior Reporter

Natasha is a senior reporter for TechCrunch, joining September 2012, based in Europe. She joined TC after a stint reviewing smartphones for CNET UK and, prior to that, more than five years covering business technology for silicon.com (now folded into TechRepublic), where she focused on mobile and wireless, telecoms & networking, and IT skills issues. She has also freelanced for organisations including The Guardian and the BBC. Natasha holds a First Class degree in English from Cambridge University, and an MA in journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

The Latest from Natasha Lomas

Yandex’s sale of media assets to VK includes yandex.ru homepage

Russian search giant Yandex has finalized the sale of its two flagship media properties to local rival VK, owner of the eponymous social network. The deal to sell the products, Yandex’s algorith

Sustainability data platform Worldfavor fuels up for ecosystem opportunities

More funding for sustainability reporting: Sweden’s Worldfavor, an early mover platform focused on building digital infrastructure to support supply chain transparency and cater to organizations

Oracle’s ‘surveillance machine’ targeted in US privacy class action

Enterprise giant Oracle is facing a fresh privacy class action claim in the U.S. The suit, which was filed Friday as a 66-page complaint in the Northern District of California, alleges the tech giant&

TikTok’s in-app browser could be keylogging, privacy analysis warns

‘Beware in-app browsers’ is a good rule of thumb for any privacy conscious mobile app user — given the potential for an app to leverage its hold on user attention to snoop on what yo

How Typewise got into YC after pivoting to B2B productivity

Swiss startup Typewise is showing the power of sticking at it: The team behind patented text prediction technology — whose fascination with typing productivity started off as a consumer keyboard

Incredible Health passes unicorn valuation as it bags $80M Series B

Incredible Health, a U.S.-based job-matching platform which made nurses its first focus, has closed an $80 million Series B funding round and announced hitting a $1.65 billion unicorn valuation, billi

Wire grabs fresh funding for secure messaging tech that’s big with G7 governments

More funding for European end-to-end encrypted messaging app, Wire: The enterprise-focused messaging platform told TechCrunch it closed a €24 million Series C round of funding led by growth equity f

Google fined $40M+ for misleading location-tracking settings on Android

Google has been sanctioned A$60 million (around $40 million+) in Australia over Android settings it had applied, dating back around five years, which were found — in a 2021 court ruling —

Amazon fined over labor law breaches in Spain

Amazon has been fined again for breaching labor laws in Catalonia, Spain. The e-commerce giant has been under investigation by regional labor authorities over its subcontracting practices for a number

Instagram faces big EU privacy decision on kids’ data within weeks

A final decision on a complaint against Instagram’s handling of children’s data in the European Union is set to land within weeks, TechCrunch has learned, following the completion of a pro

Facebook avoids a service shutdown in Europe for now

Facebook has avoided the risk of being forced to shut down its service in Europe this summer as a result of the latest twist in a long-running data protection complaint saga that relates to a clash be

Deliveroo eyeing Netherlands exit as losses and challenges grow

Another European market exit looks to be on the cards for U.K.-based on-demand food delivery startup, Deliveroo, which says it’s consulting on shutting down its service in the Netherlands. The p

Babylon Health dials back some services in the UK

U.K. health tech startup Babylon Health is pulling in its horns in its home market, blaming challenging global and macroeconomic conditions for the termination of a couple of multiyear contracts it ha

Hold-outs targeted in fresh batch of noyb GDPR cookie consent complaints

Just over a year after launching a major project targeting thousands of sites blatantly flouting cookie tracking rules in Europe, regional privacy campaign group noyb has fired off another batch of co

Adtech giant Criteo faces $65M fine in France for GDPR consent breaches

In the latest blow to the creepy ‘tracking-ads’ complex, French adtech giant Criteo has been found in breach of European Union data protection regulation and hit with a €60 million sanct

DuckDuckGo removes carve-out for Microsoft tracking scripts after securing policy change

A few months on from a tracking controversy hitting privacy-centric search veteran, DuckDuckGo, the company has announced it’s been able to amend terms with Microsoft, its search syndication par

Tutanota cries antitrust foul over Microsoft Teams blocking sign-ups for its email users

Microsoft is being called out for blocking users of the end-to-end encrypted email service Tutanota from registering an account with its cloud-based collaboration platform, Teams, if they try to do th

Uber tie-up with Omio adds train and coach booking to app — starting with UK

Uber is testing adding train and coach travel to its app in the U.K. so customers can book longer distance ground travel via a fully integrated tie-up with Berlin-based multimodal travel platform, Omi

Sensitive data ruling by Europe’s top court could force broad privacy reboot

A ruling put out yesterday by the European Union’s top court could have major implications for online platforms that use background tracking and profiling to target users with behavioral ads or

Europe’s health data reuse plan needs some surgery, say privacy supervisors

A proposal put forward by European Union lawmakers in May, to establish a legal framework to make it easier to share electronic health records and other medical data — across borders and care in
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