Facebook violated consumer protection law by failing to protect personal data that consumers thought they'd locked down, the District of Columbia alleges in a new lawsuit. Plus, Facebook is disputing a New York Times report that it ignored privacy settings and shared data with large companies without consent.
The number of data breach reports filed since the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect has hit nearly 3,500 in Ireland, over 4,600 in Germany, 6,000 in France and 8,000 in the U.K. Regulators say more Europeans are also filing more complaints about organizations' data protection and privacy practices.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
The U.K.'s privacy watchdog says that six months after enforcement of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation began, it's seen a dramatic increase in data breach reports - as well as privacy complaints from the public.
A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lays bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data.
Consumer organizations in seven countries plan to file complaints alleging that Google is violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation via its location, web and app activity tracking, in what could be a blow to the search giant's lucrative but data-hungry targeted advertising business.
Uber has been slammed with $1.2 million in fines by U.K. and Dutch privacy regulators for its cover-up of a 2016 data breach for more than a year. The breach exposed millions of drivers' and users' personal details to attackers, whom Uber paid $100,000 in hush money and for a promise to delete the stolen data.
Australia's Parliament has passed legislation that strengthens privacy protections for My Health Record, the country's embattled digital medical records program. But questions remain about whether the changes go far enough to restore confidence in electronic health records.
Private sector organizations in Canada must now report all serious data breaches to the country's privacy watchdog as a result of new provisions in Canada's PIPEDA privacy law. Violators face fines of up to $100,000 for every breach victim they fail to notify or breach they attempt to hide.
Facebook has been slammed with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "a very serious data incident" that exposed an estimated 87 million Facebook users' personal details to political campaign influence firm Cambridge Analytica.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.
The disagreements continue over Australia's efforts to pass legislation that would help law enforcement counter encryption. Technology companies and civil liberties organizations contend the latest draft of legislation would allow for too much secrecy and imperil privacy and security.
Building on the success of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is in the early stages of developing a privacy framework. The effort will kick off with a workshop Tuesday in Austin, Texas, explains Naomi Lefkovitz, who is leading the project.
Google blames a bug in an API for its Google+ social networking service for exposing personal details of about 500,000 users' accounts, but says it doesn't believe the information was misused. The company was forced to acknowledge the March incident after it was reported by The Wall Street Journal.