Ireland's privacy regulator has launched an investigation into Facebook after personal information for 533 million of the social network's users appeared for sale online. It will analyze whether Facebook violated the country's data protection law or the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.
Criminals love to amass and sell vast quantities of user data, but not all data leaks necessarily pose a risk to users. Even so, the ease with which would-be attackers can amass user data is a reminder to organizations to lock down inappropriate access as much as possible.
How much does it cost to recover from a ransomware attack? For the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, which was hit by the Conti ransomware-wielding gang on Christmas Eve, reported cleanup costs have reached $1.1 million. SEPA is still restoring systems and has refused to pay any ransom.
This paper will lay out key steps to help organisations sensibly adopt a better data protection posture and with it, build a firm foundation towards onward compliance. The key principles of Classification by Design will be introduced as a logical, yet robust start point. We summarize with the overarching takeaway that...
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash, has reintroduced a bill that would create a national-wide data privacy standard that in its latest incarnation makes an attempt to placate Republicans. The bill, if passed, would replace a patchwork of current state laws.
Privacy watchdogs in Europe have imposed fines totaling more than $330 million since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018, according to law firm DLA Piper. Over the past year, regulators received 121,000 data breach notifications, up 19% from the year before.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest information about the SolarWinds hack. Also featured are discussions of "zero trust" for the hybrid cloud environment and data privacy regulatory trends.
More than two years after Europe's tough new General Data Protection Regulation came into full effect, EU privacy watchdogs are finding more consensus, and consumers have been benefiting, experts say. But how regulators apply sanctions, in particular, remains a work in progress.
France's privacy regulator has hit retail giant Carrefour with a $3.7 million fine for violating privacy laws, including GDPR. It's accused of failing to make privacy policies easy to understand, placing advertising cookies without consent and retaining customer data for unreasonable periods of time.
Microsoft is revamping its controversial "productivity score" in Microsoft 365 so that individual workers can no longer be tracked. The move follows warnings by privacy advocates that the feature was a step too far into the realm of workplace surveillance.
Warning to workers: Your productivity tools may also be tracking your workplace productivity, and your bosses may not even know it. But as more workplace surveillance capabilities appear, legal experts warn that organizations must ensure their tools do not violate employees' privacy rights.
European lawmakers are once again considering encryption policies and attempting to strike a balance between the privacy and security afforded by strong encryption and law enforcement's needs. But with encryption being a cornerstone of the internet, is there any new balance to be struck?
Ticketmaster UK has been fined $1.7 million by Britain's privacy watchdog for its "serious failure" to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. Its failure to properly secure chatbot software led to attackers stealing at least 9.4 million payment card details.
A German appeals court has slashed by 90% the $11 million General Data Protection Regulation fine levied last year against 1&1 Telecom by the nation's federal privacy watchdog over call center data protection shortcomings. Experts say the case is a reminder that all GDPR fines can be appealed.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how President-elect Joe Biden is expected to renew international relationships needed in the fight against cyberattacks. Also featured: the pandemic's impact on cybercrime; analysis of Europol's annual cybercrime report.