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?
Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
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.
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.
Lawsuits sparked by massive data breaches at Yahoo - and the company's failure to report those breaches to investors in a timely manner - could soon be resolved. Plaintiffs and defendants say they have committed to a $47 million deal that they expect to submit for court approval within 45 days.
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.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a new Government Accountability Office report on the causes of last year's massive Equifax breach. Also: An update on the role of tokenization in protecting payments.
A web browser startup, Brave, has filed complaints in Europe alleging Google and other behavioral advertising companies are violating Europe's GDPR. Brave's complaints could set up one of the biggest battles so far over how personal data gets used - or abused - for targeted advertising.
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.
British Airways has been threatened with a class-action lawsuit in U.K. court after warning that a hacker stole payment card data associated with 380,000 transactions. A law firm says that under GDPR, the airline should compensate victims for "inconvenience, distress and misuse of their private information."
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which has tough breach notification requirements, is spurring global interest in technologies to help prevent insider breaches, says Tony Pepper of Egress Software Technologies.
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.