12 Jun 2019

Will self-driving cars represent a new mode for surveillance?

A new academic study suggests that in the future, self-driving cars will provide so much valuable information on passengers that they could be used for surveillance purposes. In fact, professor Luis F. Alvarez León of Dartmouth believes that “self-driving cars will represent a new mode for surveillance.” Companies will be

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10 Jun 2019

Fortune 500 company leaked 264GB in client, payment data

Researchers with vpnMentor recently discovered that Fortune 500 firm Tech Data leaked 264GB worth of customer and business data via an unsecured server. The server exposed personal data of employees at client firms, including full names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers. Other leaked data included payment

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05 Jun 2019

Experts weigh in on Apple’s private sign-in feature

At the recent Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced a new feature called “Sign in with Apple,” which is supposed to provide Apple users with a privacy-friendly alternative to the popular Login with Facebook and Sign in with Google options that many websites offer. While the Facebook and Google

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05 Jun 2019

Dark data exceeds 50%, creating major security blind spot for organizations: Veritas Study

A new Veritas study highlights how companies are putting themselves at risk by failing to properly classify data, including essential data. The research found that over half (52%) of the data stored by the average organization is untagged ‘dark data’ over which the company has little to no visibility. Dark

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05 Jun 2019

New research shows personalized ads are just barely more efficient than dumb ads

Personalized ads relying on cookies that track user activity online only result in a 4% increase of profits for ad publishers compared to non targeted ads, a new academic paper finds. The researchers concede that “the increase is significant from a statistical perspective,” but point out that “from an economic

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04 Jun 2019

You’re probably over-confident about your defences or under-prepared for a breach

Many Internet users seem over-confident when it comes to their ability to protect themselves from cybercriminals, a new report by Palo Alto Networks and YouGov shows. More than two out of three (68%) respondents said they are doing everything possible to stay safe online. This confidence was shared by three

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03 Jun 2019

Confusion Reigns as C-Suite Bemoans Lack of Security Resources

A new report by Nominet found that 90% of US and UK C-level executives think they lack important resources that could help them battle against cyber threats. Organizations often do not have sufficient advanced technology (59%), an adequate budget (44%) or enough skilled employees (41%) to optimize their cyber defenses.

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31 May 2019

Tech giants sign letter condemning UK agency’s plan to spy on encrypted messages

Four tech giants have slammed a proposal by the UK government to allow government spies secret access to private chats that are supposed to be encrypted. In a joint letter to the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Microsoft, Google, WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) and Apple said that the “ghost protocol”

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28 May 2019

How many adults trust companies with their personal data?

One year after the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, 36% of adults trust organizations with their private info more than before before the data protection law went into effect, research by TrustArc shows. However, only 25% of respondents are confident about their ability to notice whether or

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28 May 2019

Most global workers noticed stricter policies at work as a result of GDPR

A new survey by Snow Software shows that the EU’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect a year ago has led companies to introduce stricter policies to govern how customer data is handled. 57% of employees in the global survey noted this trend. However, respondents disagreed about

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