Hotel giant Marriott has been hit with the second largest privacy fine in British history, after it failed to contain a massive, long-running data breach. But the final fine of $23.8 million was just 20% of the penalty initially proposed by the U.K.'s privacy watchdog, owing in part to COVID-19's ongoing impact.
Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation into whether Facebook's Instagram service improperly displayed the email addresses and phone numbers of minors on its platform. Facebook, Instagram's owner, could face a GDPR fine if it's found to have violated privacy requirements.
Britain's Information Commissioner's Office announced this week a dramatic reduction in its fine against British Airways for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. The company will pay a $26 million fine instead of $238 million in a case tied to a 2018 breach.
Ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat seen by law enforcement. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud - many now using a COVID-19 theme - also loom large, Europol warns in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes why clothing retailer H&M was hit with a hefty fine for violating the EU's General Data Protection Rule. Also featured: The coming of age of digital identities; deputy CSO at Mastercard on top priorities for 2021.
Privacy regulators in Germany have slammed clothing retailer H&M with a $41 million fine for collecting and retaining private employee data in violation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. H&M has apologized, instituted changes and promised to financially compensate employees.
What's one of the worst things that can happen during a pandemic? The answer is anything that gives people less reason to trust in their public health system to handle the crisis. Enter a data breach that has exposed personal information for everyone who's ever tested positive for the disease in Wales.
The number of cybersecurity incidents reported to the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog has continued to decline, recently plummeting by nearly 40%. But is the quantity of data breaches going down, or might organizations be failing to spot them or potentially even covering them up?
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes why ransomware gangs continue to see bigger payoffs from their ransom-paying victims. Also featured: Lessons learned from Twitter hacking response; security flaw in Amazon's Alexa.
Marriott faces another lawsuit, filed in Britain, over the breach of its Starwood guest reservation system. The breach ran from 2014 to 2018 - Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016 - and exposed personal information for an estimated 7 million customers in the U.K.
Scammers have reportedly been putting one over on customers of the famous Ritz London, which says it is "aware of a potential data breach within our food and beverage reservation system, which may have compromised some of our clients' personal data." No payment card data was exposed, it says.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog is probing banking giant Barclays over its use of employee monitoring tools after the bank in February reportedly shifted from anonymized tracking to giving managers the ability to view data for individual employees.
Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to a spike in the number of reported data breaches? Not necessarily, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan. But he says that the rush to adopt cloud-based services and expanded remote services might change the types of breaches being reported.
"Where do I start?" It's the most common question posed by data protection professionals tasked with leading a new data privacy management effort. Whether it's developing a data inventory, drafting a breach notification plan, or selecting controls to implement, a good place to start is with the NIST Privacy...
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the hacking of Dave, a mobile banking app. Plus: Sizing up the impact of GDPR after two years of enforcement and an assessment of IIoT vulnerabilities.