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More data lost or stolen in first half of 2017 than the whole of last year

More data records were leaked or stolen by miscreants during the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion) than all of 2016 (1.37 billion). Digital security company Gemalto's Breach Level Index (PDF), published Wednesday, found that an average of 10.4 million records are exposed or swiped every day. During the first half of 2017 there …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2017

Grab your popcorn: The first annual Privacy Shield review is go

Transatlantic data-transfer agreement Privacy Shield is facing its first major political hurdle as the inaugural joint review kicks off this week. Agreed last summer, the deal between the European Union and the US aims to safeguard EU citizens' data when it is transferred across the pond. The two-day review, launched today by …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Sep 2017
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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

Equifax UK has surfaced to say that British systems were not affected by a recently disclosed megahack, however 400,000 UK people were affected due to a “process failure.” The credit reference agency is saying that UK dedicated systems were not affected by the security breach at its US parent firm that exposed the personal …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2017

Defrosted starter for 10: Iceland home delivery site spills customer details

Iceland’s home delivery service exposed sensitive customer information for months until the problem was plugged this week, a UK security researcher discovered. Paul Moore went public with his findings after failing to get the retailer to act even 12 months after first reporting the issue. Public disclosure finally prompted …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2017
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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

Microsoft's taken another small step towards addressing those worried about Windows 10's impact on their privacy by adding more controls over what apps can do in the Creators Update of the OS. Users currently have a veto over apps sharing location data; in the Fall Creator's Update, that's going to be expanded to the camera, …

Facebook fined €1.2m by Spain for… you'll never guess what

Facebook has been fined €1.2m ($1.43m) by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) for violating privacy laws. The agency found [PDF, Spanish] that the company has collected information on its millions of Spanish users and then used that for advertising purposes without informing users how that information would be used, or …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2017
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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

The impact of the Equifax data leak in the UK remains unclear days after the breach was first made public, amid reports estimating that the personal details of up to 44 million Brit could have been exposed. The credit reference agency and its UK subsidiaries provide services for UK companies including BT, Capital One and …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2017
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You are the one per cent if you read Firefox's privacy spiels

Fewer than one per cent of users installing the Firefox browser bother to read the fine print regarding privacy, so the browser's makers at the Mozilla Foundation are going to put it in your face. Firefox 56, due September 26th, will therefore display the browser's Privacy Notice as the second tab after new installs of the …
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Give staff privacy at work, Euro human rights court tells bosses

Companies operating in Europe must balance workplace surveillance with employees' privacy rights, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The decision reverses a 2016 ruling by a lower chamber of the court that found no privacy issue with workplace communication monitoring. It marks the first time Europe's top human …

UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog

A UK council has been fined £70,000 for leaving vulnerable people's personal information exposed online for five years. Nottinghamshire County Council posted the gender, addresses, postcodes and care requirements of elderly and disabled people in an online directory that was left accessible to world+dog. No usernames, …
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2017

Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

Developers are working on a privacy-focused search engine that goes beyond the likes of DuckDuckGo. DeepSearch from TSignal is an AI-based search engine that does not collect any user information, according to the team behind the project. The crawler-based engine aims to maintain user privacy while offering unbiased …
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2017

How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

Smart home devices supply much more personal information than you might imagine – even when the data is encrypted – it appears. In a study [PDF] of seven popular products, the team from Princeton University in the US decided to dig into how much they could figure out about a person's daily habits just by analyzing the internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Aug 2017
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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

Amid heavy criticism over how it handles user privacy, Uber has agreed to not track riders after their trips end. The ride-hailing company has infamously faced legal suits on previous occasions over privacy issues, including software for tracking high-profile individuals, the acquaintances of Uber employees and even drivers …
Andrew Silver, 29 Aug 2017
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Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence

Chrome's developers are testing a permanent mute for Websites that insist on running autoplay videos the instant they load. Having a loud car advertisement or “listen to our editor talk about this story you're trying to read” is a scourge for those who vist sites to read text, and that's why Chrome's François Beaufort posted …

Judge orders handover of Trump protest website records – DreamHost claims victory

A US judge has ordered that all user details of a Trump protest website be handed over to the US Department of Justice following several weeks of argument over the demand. Hosting company DreamHost went public with its concerns over the DoJ's original search warrant, which demanded all information related to the disruptj20.org …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2017

Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

A university research project in Brazil has had its Tor relay node banned after it was caught harvesting the .onion addresses of visitors. Marcus Rodrigues, a junior researcher with the University of Campinas in São Paulo, claims he and others were working to create a tool that could tell malicious hidden services from benign …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2017
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India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the nation's constitution gives its citizens a right to privacy, a decision that clouds the future of the country's Aadhaar biometric identification scheme. Aadhaar will see every Indian citizen identified by a 12-digit number after a process that sees their faces photographed, along with a …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2017
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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

Mozilla may require users to opt-out of sending telemetry from its Firefox browser because so few have opted in that it's hard for developers to get a good sample of what causes problems. The idea of opt-out telemetry has sparked a pretty lively mailing-list debate (at the time of writing, 42 posts in just a couple of days, …

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