06 Nov 2019

Facebook quietly discloses another serious privacy breach

One again, Facebook has announced a rather serious data breach. The social media giant said that after April of 2018, when it implemented new privacy measures in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, about 100 developers retained improper access to the data of users that were part of certain

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30 Oct 2019

Examining security process maturity in 400 organizations

A new report by SecureTrust paints a bleak picture of the state of security process maturity across a broad range of sectors. The study rates the maturity of organizations on a scale of 0 to 5, with 3.5 being the minimum recommended score. However, every single industry in the report received

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29 Oct 2019

US Lawmakers Fear Chinese-Owned TikTok Poses Security Risk

In a letter to US Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton warn that the popular Chinese video app TikTok may represent a national security risk. The senators argue that ByteDance, the company that owns the app, may provide

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25 Oct 2019

Three Reasons You Should Never Save Payment Information Online

While a recent survey by Bankrate.com found that 64% of US adults with a credit and/or debit card have saved their payment card data on websites or in mobile apps, there are at least three reasons why it is better to avoid doing this. It greatly increases the chances of

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25 Oct 2019

Study Reveals the Worst State for Online Privacy

A new report by Comparitech identifies Wyoming as the worst US state in terms of laws governing the online privacy of citizens. The study checked for the presence of privacy laws covering 20 criteria. In Wyoming, only one of those criteria was met. The state was followed by Idaho, Iowa,

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23 Oct 2019

A data breach could be game over for a brand

81% of consumers will turn away from a brand after a data breach, and 55% say they are even more likely to do this when an organization shares their private information without their consent, a new Ping Identity survey shows. Just under half (49%) of respondents said they are more

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23 Oct 2019

Microsoft’s EU Contracts ‘Breach GDPR’

Microsoft’s contracts with European Union (EU) appear to be violating the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a preliminary conclusion by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), which is investigating the matter. The EDPS stated that “though the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary results reveal serious concerns over the

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22 Oct 2019

Perceptions on the impact of data breaches and identity protection

44% of US citizens believe that their personally identifiable information (PII) has been compromised in a data breach, a recent survey by 4iQ found. 63% of respondents worry that previous breaches may result in identity fraud at a later date, while 37% think they have already been targeted by fraudsters.

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22 Oct 2019

Consumers creeping and peeking, reveals HP survey

A new HP survey exposes the ‘secret behaviors’ of US workers that undermine the privacy of others. For instance, 73% of employees engage in creeping, i.e. looking at the computer screen of a co-worker, while the same number of people look at documents they find in shared office printer trays.

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21 Oct 2019

Equifax used ‘admin’ as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed against Equifax over its failures to protect sensitive user data, which led to the massive 2017 data breach, shows that the login credentials for one of the company’s portals containing confidential data consisted of ‘admin’ for both the username and password. The lawsuit, which was

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