GDPR is more important than ever: The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook meltdown

The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook fiasco started when Dr. Aleksandr Kogan developed a quiz app called “thisisyourdigitallife” and managed to obtain user data through that app by scraping data from the profiles of people who took the quiz as well as that of their friends—apparently allowed under Facebook’s policy for third-party apps at the time!! This is […]

A Data Protection Officer’s Guide to the GDPR Galaxy

In April 2016, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was passed into law in the European Union. The goal of the law is to give individuals control over their own data. While GDPR became law in 2016, it won’t become enforceable until May 25, 2018. GDPR is composed of 99 articles and 173 recitals that are used […]

9 reasons to be cautious with blockchain

Is blockchain — the network of global online ledgers — really secure? Its proponents say yes, as it assigns transactions or smart contracts to an immutable ledger, verifiable by multiple parties. However, a recently published paper calls out some vulnerabilities that may subject blockchain entries to inefficiencies, hacking and other criminal activity. The paper, published by Xiaoqi […]

Not a breach, Facebook says after suspending firm that took 50M Facebook users’ data

Facebook has announced that it is suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) and its political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica – the data analytics firm that worked with Trump’s election. The move came a few hours before The Guardian and The New York Times reported on Saturday that SCL and Cambridge had surreptitiously harvested data from about 50 million Facebook accounts. The […]

14 privacy tools you should use to stay secure

From encrypted instant messengers to secure browsers and operating systems, these privacy-enhancing apps, extensions, and services can protect you both online and offline. Read about the fourteen privacy tools which you should adapt to stay secure online as well as offline on ZDNet.

Organizations are not doing enough to protect data privacy

In today’s data-driven society, privacy, security and trust are more vital and intertwined than ever before. But many organisations are not doing all they can to protect data privacy, according to PwC’s 2018 Global State of Information Security Survey (GSISS). The survey draws on responses of 9,500 senior business and technology executives from 122 countries. […]

Global security trends for 2018: GDPR, identity and access security

In its third annual global IT security survey, Versasec found Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is impacting security planning around the world, smart card deployment is on the rise, and that many companies continue to rely on the inadequate protection offered by user names and passwords alone. These results and more came from IT […]

Equifax says millions more Americans affected by hack than first thought

Equifax has confirmed more Americans are impacted by the cyberattack that targeted the credit rating giant last year than was first revealed. The company said in a statement that an ongoing analysis showed 2.4 million more Americans had their names and partial drivers’ license information stolen, but they were not previously thought to have been affected. The […]

GDPR: Two thirds of organisations aren’t prepared for the ‘right to be forgotten’

People across Europe are set to gain additional control over their personal information from new legislation, but with just under three months until it comes into force, two thirds of organisations aren’t prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ‘right to be forgotten‘. The European Union-led data protection reforms officially come into force from […]

Is that smart device secure, and will it protect your privacy?

The decision to introduce a new smart device into your home should come only after you’ve answered these two questions affirmatively: “Will the device improve the quality of my life/fill a need I have?” and “Am I satisfied with the level of security and privacy the manufacturer provides to users?” Unfortunately, users’ needs (and wants) often end […]