Slack has said it will reset user passwords that the workplace support platform believes may have been compromised during a data breach that hit the firm in 2015. At the time of the incident, the firm revealed its security defences had been breached by hackers who broke into the profile user database to access scrambled […]
Posted on 19th July 2019 in GDPR.
A tech chief has spoken out about the need for adequate data protection measures within IoT (Internet of Things) products, citing security as critical to winning consumer confidence. Jamie Siminoff, the founder and principal inventor behind the smart doorbell manufacturer, Ring, feels that the company’s devices’ success hinges on privacy safeguards and the ability to […]
Posted on 18th July 2019 in GDPR.
This summer sees the arrival of The Great Hack, a documentary exploring the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal and how it lifts the mask on the dark arts of personal data processing. The scandal has its roots in the start of this decade, when an apparently innocuous personality app appeared on Facebook in which millions […]
Posted on 17th July 2019 in GDPR.
The number of informants lifting the lid on data protection-related scandals has skyrocketed over the last 12 months, RPC has concluded. Research conducted by the City law firm found a 175% rise in instances of whistleblowing in the year to May 2019, with figures going from 138 to 379 over the studied time-frame. The company believes that […]
Posted on 16th July 2019 in GDPR.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a record $5 billion settlement with Facebook following an investigation into allegations of data privacy violations. The fine follows after an investigation opened into Facebook’s data practices March 2018, once news broke about the political consultancy firm, Cambridge Analytica, improperly accessing the data of tens of millions of Facebook […]
Posted on 15th July 2019 in GDPR.
Research conducted by Alert Logic revealed that small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are more vulnerable to attacks targeting their weaknesses. In its new report, Critical Watch: SMB Threatscape 2019, researchers analysed more than 1.3 petabytes of data and 8.2 million verified security incidents across 4,000 organisations of all sizes. It was discovered that 66% of SMB devices […]
Posted on 12th July 2019 in GDPR.
The NHS has blocked a total of 11.4 million malicious emails over the last three years according to a Freedom of Information request sent by Centrify. NHS Digital responded to the request stating that out of the 11.4 million, over six million were blocked due to IP or domain reputation attacks, whilst 3.6 million accounted for […]
Posted on 11th July 2019 in GDPR.
According to Beaming, in the second quarter of 2019, businesses in the UK have faced an average of 146,491 attempted cyber attacks. This current rate of cyber attacks equates to one attack every 50 seconds. The figure is a significant increase of 179% from 2018, in which businesses had faced 52,596 attacks on average. Sonia Blizzard, […]
Posted on 10th July 2019 in GDPR.
More than a year on from the scandal in which 87 million unauthorised Facebook users’ details were shared with Cambridge Analytica, 71% of UK adults want tougher action in penalising companies that abuse our data privacy by misusing third party data. This is according to new research from YouGov*, with more than 2000 UK adults […]
Posted on 9th July 2019 in GDPR.
A review of cyber-security procedures has concluded that King’s College London violated EU data laws when it shared personal and private data of politically active students with police authorities. King’s College London (KCL) has now handed itself into the Information Commissioner’s Office. The review also concluded that none of the data subjects had “been part of a […]
Posted on 8th July 2019 in GDPR.
According to a survey by Barracuda Network, 87% of respondents predicted email threats to increase in the coming year. The survey of 280 high-level decision makers revealed in a blog post that 75% of respondents had witnessed a steady increase in email attacks against their own organisation, over the past three years. Just under half of organisations had […]
Posted on 5th July 2019 in GDPR.
The British Watchdog has been requested to launch an inquiry into Boris Johnson’s campaign following multiple allegations surrounding breaches of data protection laws. Foreign Office minister, Harriet Baldwin, and Ben Howlett, a former MP for Bath, have asked Brandon Lewis, the Tory party chairman, to launch an inquiry following receiving unsolicited requests for support from […]
Posted on 4th July 2019 in GDPR.