WhatsApp has agreed to appoint a grievance officer for India who will handle complaints about fake news. The nation's government had demanded the action in the wake of recent mob violence triggered by fake news spread on the social media platform. But will the appointment have a significant impact?
Twitter has fixed a bug that sometimes sent a user's direct messages not only to the specified recipient, but also to unrelated external developers. The social networking service is notifying more than 3 million affected users and has requested that unintended recipients delete the messages.
Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Criminals operating online continue to target cryptocurrencies, leverage phishing and other social engineering attacks, as well as tweak age-old scams - including Nigerian prince emails - for the modern age. So warns Europol in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
Attorney Elizabeth Harding clears up confusion about certain provisions of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, including the issue of when organizations need to obtain a European consumer's consent to process their data.
Less than four months after GDPR enforcement began, Europe has arguably entered the modern data breach notification era. Reports of data breaches continue to increase, and breached organizations now face the specter of class-action lawsuits over material as well as non-material damages.
Should Europe's "right to be forgotten" apply worldwide? That's the focus of a case before the EU's highest court, which has pitted proponents - including Austria and France - against Google, Microsoft and the European Commission, who argue that the EU law provision should only apply in Europe.
A recent incident involving a chronic care management company spotlights how paying a ransom to recover decryption keys from ransomware attackers can put sensitive data at additional risk. Security experts offer insights on how to prepare for the many challenges posed by attacks.
Nearly one-third of U.S. banking consumers use online and mobile fintech apps to help manage their money. But those users are concerned about data privacy and want more control over the financial data their apps can access, says David Fortney of The Clearing House, who reviews the results of a survey.
Does social media fuel toxic politics and racial tension? We're still in the early of days of understanding the long-term effects of social media on society, but the early signs aren't good. It's time for social networks to take moral responsibility for content on their networks - even if they don't want it.
Police in Shanghai are investigating the apparent loss of 130 million customers' personal details from Huazhu Hotels Group. The data exposure may trace to the Chinese hotel group's developers accidentally uploading to GitHub access credentials for a production database.
Three months after the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect, the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says that the number of data protection complaints it has received from individuals has nearly doubled.