25 Apr 2019

Facebook May Face $5 Billion FTC Fine for Data Misuse

Facebook expects that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may slap a fine of $3 to $5 billion on the social media giant once it wraps up its investigation into the company’s data protection and privacy practices. Facebook has already reserved $3 billion to pay potential fines. While the FTC investigation

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22 Apr 2019

Three-Fourths of Consumers Don’t Trust Facebook, Threatpost Poll Finds

A recent Threatpost survey suggest that people have lost trust in Facebook as a result of the social media giant’s many privacy snafu’s over the past few years, with three out of four respondents stating that Facebook is lying about how it handles consumer data. In addition, a whopping 95%

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18 Apr 2019

Facebook uploaded 1.5 million people’s email contacts without permission

On Wednesday, a new chapter was added to the seemingly never-ending story of Facebook privacy snafus when the social media giant admitted that the email contacts of up to 1.5 millions users were “unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account.” Ironically, the discovery was made when the company

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16 Apr 2019

Google’s location history data shared routinely with police

An investigation by The New York Times reveals that Google regularly shares location data of users with US law enforcement, and that requests for this data have surged in the last six months. Google stores the location information of users that have the Location History feature enabled in a system

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12 Apr 2019

EU Citizens’ Hit by UK Government Data Leak

In two separate incidents this week, the UK Home Office inadvertently revealed private information on hundreds of UK and EU citizens. In a first incident, 500 email addresses of UK citizens from countries belonging to the Commonwealth were leaked. The second incident involved the inadvertent exposure of 240 email addresses

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04 Apr 2019

Organizations still use low levels or no automation of key security and incident response tasks

A new study by D3 and SANS shows that automation of cybersecurity responsibilities is still a relatively rare phenomenon, with 59% of organizations having low levels or a complete lack of such automation. Extensive automation of security and incident response tasks only occurs in 5.1% of firms. Automation is most

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04 Apr 2019

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Facebook this week managed to make the news again in connection with multiple data protection fiasco’s. The biggest incident is the discovery of personal data of a whopping 540 million Facebook users on an unsecured Amazon S3 storage server. Security researchers with UpGuard found the server, which belongs to a

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04 Apr 2019

79% of organizations want a federal privacy law amid lack of compliance

New research by Integris Software shows that the vast majority of US companies (79%) are in favor of a federal privacy law. However, the current compliance efforts of firms are falling short, since only 23% of organizations are fully compliant with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and just 36%

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02 Apr 2019

45% of taxpayers do not securely store tax documents

A new Shred-it report[pdf], shows that many taxpayers or not taking the necessary steps to protect their tax information. 45% of taxpayers do not store their tax documents in a secure manner, instead keeping papers in a box, desk drawer or unlocked cabinet at home or work, while 19% do

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01 Apr 2019

72 Percent of Americans Are Concerned About Their Privacy, Symantec Report Says

A new Symantec study sheds light on US consumer attitudes toward data privacy. According to the survey, most Americans consider data protection to be a right and the vast majority (72%) of people are more concerned about their online privacy than ever before. All but a few consumers (93%) feel

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