Companies may think they are ready for GDPR, but their employees are not

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into force this week – on May 25 – but 57 percent of employees still don’t know what they are supposed to do to protect personal data, according to a OnePoll survey of 1,000 employees undertaken for London-based Egress Software Technologies. Tony Pepper, Egress’s CEO, said in a statement: “Over […]

Phone tracking service LocationSmart exposed API, allowing anyone to track you

An unsecured product demo on the web site of phone geolocation firm LocationSmart allowed any user to look up the location of any arbitrary mobile phone number without needing to supply a password or any other credentials, according a report by veteran security reporter Brian Krebs. Under intended operation, the LocationSmart product demo requires prospective customers to […]

Teen phone monitoring app leaked thousands of user passwords

At least one server used by an app for parents to monitor their teenagers’ phone activity has leaked tens of thousands of accounts of both parents and children.  The mobile app, TeenSafe, bills itself as a “secure” monitoring app for iOS and Android, which lets parents view their child’s text messages and location, monitor who they’re […]

Facebook Suspends 200 Apps

Facebook is following through on a massive app investigation and audit promised by CEO Mark Zuckerberg back in March following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In an update posted this week, Facebook said it has investigated thousands of apps and suspended “around 200” while it inspects them. The company is taking a closer look at apps that had […]

GDPR compliance: Identifying an organization’s unique profile

After a two-year transition period, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable beginning 25 May 2018. Presumably, many large companies have been working on a compliance program for months now. As the deadline approaches, many organizations are finding that ensuring compliance is a more complex endeavor than they had initially expected. According to Jason Straight, Senior […]

GDPR Compliance Countdown: The Final Checklist

Having caused IT teams – and indeed businesses – turmoil throughout the past number of months, the dreaded General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement deadline is now just a matter of weeks away from implementation. 25th May marks the day that European industries will see if their exhaustive preparations will finally come to fruition, and find […]

Most financial firms still unprepared for GDPR

With only a few weeks until implementation, more than 50% of investment firms globally are unlikely to be ready for the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) on 25 May 2018. This is according to a global industry survey of over 250 financial firms carried out by Cordium and AmberGate. Designed to benchmark investment management firms’ readiness for […]

To save thousands on GDPR compliance, some companies are blocking all EU users

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect on May 25th, 2018, many organizations are scrambling to ensure their compliance with the law, while many are unlikely to have compliance sorted out in time. In search for a solution to GDPR compliance, one organization is simply advocating excluding any user from an […]

NSA tripled surveillance of phone records, collected over 534 million records in 2017

The NSA gobbled up more than three times as many records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year than it did in 2016, according to a transparency report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The fifth annual report (pdf), released last week, revealed that the NSA collected […]

89 Percent of Top Travel Websites Fail to Protect User Security

A new report by Dashlane found that 89% of travel sites leave their users’ accounts perilously exposed to hackers due to unsafe password practices. The Travel Website Password Power Rankings found that only 11% (6/55) passed with a score of 4/5 or better, and only one travel-related website received a perfect 5/5 score: Airbnb. Unlike Airbnb, other […]