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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has slapped a £325,000 fine on the Crown Prosecution Service for losing unencrypted recordings of highly sensitive police interviews. The DVDs contained interviews with 15 victims of child sex abuse, including intimate details of the victims, sensitive personal data of the perpetrator …
Kat Hall, 17 May 2018
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Privacy group asks UK politicos to pinky swear not to use personal data for electioneering

UK political parties have been urged not to use a "legal loophole" that would allow them to process personal data revealing people's opinions on politics. Campaign group Privacy International has written to politicians calling on them to remember their "vehement concerns" about the exploitation of people’s personal data when …
Rebecca Hill, 16 May 2018

How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

Yet another rogue Facebook app that gathered and sold "intimate" details on millions of users has come to light. A report from New Scientist finds that the myPersonality app had collected and shared the personal information for as many as three million users who had installed the app on their Facebook profile. The data has …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2018
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Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

Facebook has suspended 200 apps while it probes whether they misused people's information as part of its investigation into dodgy data dealings. The Social Network launched the probe after revelations about political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica hit the headlines back in March. They centre around apps that accessed user …
Rebecca Hill, 14 May 2018
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Brit govt told to do its homework ahead of talks over post-Brexit spy laws and data flows

There is no doubt that the UK's surveillance regimes will come under scrutiny in negotiations on continued data flows with Europe after Brexit, and the government needs to start preparing for that now, MPs have been told. The British government has been repeatedly warned that gaining an adequacy decision from the EU will not …
Rebecca Hill, 10 May 2018

UK Home Office tiptoes back from slurping immigrants' NHS files

The UK government has partially backed down from ordering the NHS to hand over patients' personal details to the Home Office so it can track down illegal immigrants. The decision to force NHS Digital cough up non-clinical records came under fire from privacy and civil liberties campaigners, doctors, and Members of Parliament, …
Rebecca Hill, 9 May 2018
Data breach

Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers

Equifax has published yet more details on the personal records and sensitive information stolen by miscreants after they hacked its databases in 2017. The good news: the number of individuals affected by the network intrusion hasn't increased from the 146.6 million Equifax previously announced, but extra types of records …
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Time to ditch the Facebook login: If customers' data should be protected, why hand it over to Zuckerberg?

Comment Mark Zuckerberg recently endured a grilling from the US Congress over Facebook's inability to stop bleeding user data. A week later, investors rewarded his company with a $50bn increase in its market capitalisation on news that – surprise! – a massive userbase pays big dividends. But it's worse than 87 million users' data that …
Matt Asay, 4 May 2018

Post-Facebook fallout: Americans envy Europeans' privacy – top EU data watchdog

The US’s days of "splendid isolation" when it comes to privacy regulations are numbered, Europe’s top data protection watchdog has warned. The past six weeks have put a spotlight on data protection like never before, exposing legal but questionable data use, as well as potential misuse and political manipulation to an extent …
Rebecca Hill, 2 May 2018

Australian government plans to do a Facebook on citizens' data

+COMMENT The Australian government has published its formal response to proposals to turn its citizens into Facebook-like data points, promising AU$65 million to spread the Big Data love. The Data Availability and Use inquiry was established in 2016 and delivered its report in 2017. Yesterday, the government finally released its …
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Exposing 145m Equifax customer deets: $240m. Legal fees: $28.9m. Insurance: Priceless

The Equifax mega-hack has cost the credit reporting agency well north of $200m to date, according to a financial filing for calendar Q1. In September 2017, Equifax 'fessed up to a breach that exposed the data of more than 145 million people. The cost of the breach in the latest full quarter ended 31 March was $68.7m, taking …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Apr 2018
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Brit MPs brand Facebook a 'great vampire squid' out for cash

Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer was not British MPs' first choice of witness, but they certainly made the most of his appearance in Parliament, grilling him on why his firm is a "morality free zone". As part of the global Search For Truth in the ongoing Facebook data-harvesting scandal, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Apr 2018
Panic

There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!

Today, 25 April, marks exactly one month until a truly momentous milestone - but an exclusive El Reg analysis* has revealed that as many as 42 organisations are not yet full of froods. Next month, certain bodies – no matter whether they're at the Restaurant at the End of The Universe or Lord's Cricket Ground – should be ready …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Apr 2018
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Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan

The egghead behind the mass slurp of Facebook users’ information has said the social network is in “PR crisis mode” – as Cambridge Analytica enacted a crisis management of its own. During a British Parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, Aleksandr Kogan was grilled on his work with Facebook user data - which began as a research …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Apr 2018

Yahoo! fined! $35m! for! covering! up! massive! IT! security! screwup!

The Disaster Formerly Known as Yahoo! has been fined $35m by US financial watchdog, the SEC, for failing to tell anyone about one of the world's largest ever computer security breaches. Now known as Altaba following its long, slow and painful descent in irrelevance, Yahoo! knew that its entire user database – including …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 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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Oh, baby! Newborn-care website leaves database of medics wide open

A US healthcare company seemingly exposed on the public internet contact information for roughly 10,000 medical professionals. IT pro Brian Wethern said he warned Health Stream nine days ago that one of its now-removed websites had left a database of users out in the open, allowing anyone to slurp the first and last names of …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2018
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Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified

Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event. As we reported in September 2017, Equifax confessed to having been hacked, upping the number of affected people in the following weeks to a 145 …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2018

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