Edward Snowden - a name that most people wil know as the American whistleblower who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013. Earlier this week, The Guardian published an article by Snowden that, whether you agree with him, or not, makes compelling reading, in a world that is dominated by news of data breaches, privacy violations and cybercrime on a daily basis.Read More
A New Zealand primary health organization that provides essential healthcare has revealed a huge security breach, which may have exposed medical records concerning up to 1 million people. Tū Ora Compass Health, which had its website defaced, took its server offline and notified the authorities of the cyber-attack on August 5.Read More
Players using the new FIFA 20 Global Series video game had their email addresses and birth dates exposed to other gamers.Read More
According to a new report, CISOs believe that having experience of data breaches makes them more attractive to potential employers.Read More
500,000 British Airways customers have been told they can bring compensation claims against the airline in the High Court, over a data breach that exposed their personal information, including addresses and bank details.Read More
A legal case against Google, previously blocked by the UK’s High Court, has been allowed to proceed. Three judges have ruled that legal action brought against Google for allegedly tracking the personal data of four million iPhone users, can go ahead.Read More
Three hospitals had to temporarily close their doors to "all but the most critical new patients" following ransomware attacks.Read More
Amazon is launching a range of new virtual assistant devices and will also tell users what it's hearing - despite ongoing concerns about the privacy of consumers who use Alexa - its smart helper technology.Read More
Microsoft is once again taking issue with the U.S. government, by challenging a federal judge's "secrecy order" barring it from telling a large corporate client that the U.S. government has issued a warrant for the company's data. The action renews a legal clash that has already led to the Justice Department agreeing to curb such orders.Read More
The highest court in the European Union has ruled that Google is not required to apply the EU's "right to be forgotten" laws to its search engines globally.Read More
A notorious group of hackers, believed to have disbanded, have reappeared amid a wave of new cyber-attacks being carried out across the world. Researchers at a leading cyber-security company reached their conclusion after analyzing of a new type of computer virus.Read More
British supermarket giant Tesco has closed down its parking app after The Register discovered tens of millions of automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) images were left unsecured in a Microsoft Azure blob.Read More
A massive data breach has exposed the personal information of millions of people and possibly the entire population of Ecuador. Allegedly, an unsecured server located in Miami is at the center of the breach, exposing the information of 20 million mostly Ecuadorian citizens.Read More
The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is questioning the UK government about its plans to gather data from the Gov.uk website.
The inquiry comes after a Buzzfeed report claiming leaked documents showed the prime minister had ordered the website to be used as a platform for "targeted and personalized information".Read More
Non-profit group Privacy International has investigated more than 100 mental health-focused websites in the U.K., France, and Germany, revealing that sensitive personal information concerning mental health is being routinely sold to advertisers across the internet.Read More
An open-letter has been sent to the U.S. Congress, on behalf of Business Roundtable, asking for the adoption of federal legislation on data privacy.
… There is now widespread agreement among companies across all sectors of the economy, policymakers and consumer groups about the need for a comprehensive federal consumer data privacy law….
Cyber attacks on American financial services companies cost the industry more than $6.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019 alone - an increase of $8 million compared to the same period last year.Read More
Once again, social media giant, Facebook, is under investigation, this time to determine whether it has "stifled competition and put users at risk" in the U.S.Read More
Last month we reported on the “deep concern” on the part of the UK’s Information Commissioner, concerning the growing use of facial recognition technology in public spaces. Earlier this week the High Court rejected a privacy challenge to the use of facial recognition technology in a landmark ruling.Read More
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to impose a fine of between $150 and $200 million on Google to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary violated a childrens' privacy law.Read More