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ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty

ICANN has been told for a second time that it must fundamentally change its Whois service to become compliant with Europe's incoming privacy law – and do so within the next month. At a meeting in Brussels this week with the European Union's data protection authorities (DPAs), the US-based DNS overseer had hoped to persuade …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2018
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IETF: GDPR compliance means caring about what's in your logfiles

Sysadmins: while you're busy getting ready for the GDPR-regulated world, don't forget what your servers are storing in their logfiles. That advice comes courtesy of a draft mulled by the Internet Engineering Task Force's Internet Area Working Group (IETF's INTAREA). The document, here, offered a handy checklist as a set of …
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Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

The operator of the .uk domain-name registry has outlined the changes it plans to make to its Whois domain registration system to bring it in line with incoming European privacy legislation. Nominet ran a short one-month public comment period asking for feedback on a range of proposed changes to its current system and …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2018
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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

Facebook is quietly changing its terms of service to shift 1.5 billion users away from Europe to the US while continuing to claim it wants to offer greater privacy protections. The change covers 70 per cent of its users – based in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin/South America – and effectively removes legal protections …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2018
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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

Comment Facebook has previewed its new privacy settings, developed to meet new European privacy legislation that comes into force next month. The social network is keen to promote the changes as evidence it is listening to concerns – from user and lawmakers – about how it gathers and sells private information, and argues that the new …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2018

Hortonworks unfurls tool to cut grunt work, let firms spend more time rolling in juicy data

Data management biz Hortonworks has lifted the covers off a service that aims to make it easier for enterprises to identify, secure and connect data stored both on-premises and in the cloud. Data Steward Studio, announced at Hortonworks' DataWorks Summit in Berlin, taps into a growing desire among businesses for more …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Apr 2018

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

The Whois public database of domain name registration details is dead. In a letter [PDF] sent this week to DNS overseer ICANN, Europe's data protection authorities have effectively killed off the current service, noting that it breaks the law and so will be illegal come 25 May, when GDPR comes into force. The letter also has …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2018

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses

Comment Politicians on this side of the Pond need to stop obsessing about getting Mark Zuckerberg in front of them, and start preparing to grill his subordinates. In the aftermath of the revelations about Facebook data being sold to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, lawmakers have been queuing up to demand the CEO sits in …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Apr 2018

eBay has locked me into undeletable Catch-22 trap, complains biz bod

A businessman has accused online tat bazaar eBay of trapping him in a Catch-22 style data retention loop after blocking him from deleting his company’s account on the site. Richard Stebbings, owner of transit box biz Panzer Cases, told us eBay was refusing to delete his account by implementing odd rules – which may put it into …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Apr 2018
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Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

The internet's domain name system is going to miss a May 25 deadline to become compliant with new European privacy legislation by, um, a year or so. That's according to the companies that register and maintain domain names, who outlined their schedule in a letter [PDF] to DNS oversight body ICANN. The organizations, which are …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Apr 2018

1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak

Security researchers have uncovered 1.5 billion business and consumer files exposed online – just a month before Europe's General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. During the first three months of 2018, threat intel firm Digital Shadows detected 1,550,447,111 publicly available files across open Amazon Simple …
John Leyden, 5 Apr 2018
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US spanks EU businesses in race to detect p0wned servers

European organisations are taking longer to detect breaches than their counterparts in North America, according to a study by FireEye. Organisations in EMEA are taking almost six months (175 days) to detect an intruder in their networks, which is rather more than the 102 days that the firm found when asking the same questions …
John Leyden, 5 Apr 2018
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Facebook want us to believe banning Putin's troll army safeguards Russian democracy

Facebook’s No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Year continues , with The Social Network™ enduring another day of explaining its own errors. The day started with Founder Mark Zuckerberg posting new of “an important step to protect the integrity of elections around the world” that he pitched as among “our techniques to stay ahead”. But …
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India's prime minister accused of privacy breaches

India's ruling party is scrambling to defend its use of followers' data after a pseudonymous security researcher accused PM Narendra Modi of snooping on citizens with his personal app, which has been installed by around five million users. As a result of the row, parliamentarian Shri Husain Dalwai has asked the country's …

Fake news is fake data, 'which makes it our problem', info-slurpers told

Data-hungry organisations have been advised to get a better grip on the data they control and work on building trust. In a week when analytic technologies have had more press than ever, many of the discussions at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit, which ran in London from 19-22 March, focused on dealing with the data …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Mar 2018
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Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

Relying on internet giants' goodwill to stop the spread of misinformation online and prevent the manipulation of netizens has failed, Europe's top data protection watchdog has said, adding that regulators now need to take action. Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor, emitted this well-timed opinion …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Mar 2018
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Gartner's top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don't be creepy

Businesses risk losing millions from the investments they made in data and analytics if they don’t respect their customers’ privacy, according to Gartner research director Bart Willemsen. Speaking at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in London, UK, yesterday, Willemsen said that organisations – and, crucially, those making …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Mar 2018
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Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse. At the end of a week of meetings hosted by domain-name overseer ICANN, the US-based organization's proposed …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2018

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