Google will start removing stalkerware and ‘misleading’ apps from its Play Store from October 21

The tech giant will give app developers until October 1 to remove stalkerware code from their official online store.  Google has announced that it is clamping down on apps containing stalkerware capabilities, defined by the company as “code that transmits personal information off the device without adequate notice or consent and doesn’t display a persistent […]

The AML “travel rule”: a new challenge for VASPs and GDPR

Since the birth of cryptocurrency, it was argued that virtual currencies and assets are  worthy alternatives to the existing financial system. Governments and regulators have fought long and hard to deny crypto’s legitimacy, but its popularity has made it increasingly difficult to ignore. The news in June 2019 that Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) would […]

Youtube faces £2bn UK court battle over alleged children’s privacy breach

YouTube is facing a legal battle over claims it is breaching millions of young people’s privacy and data rights. The claim, brought in the United Kingdom’s High Court against parent company Google, alleges that Youtube’s methods of targeting underage audiences constitute major breaches in the UK Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation […]

Human error reveals personal data of 18,000 Welsh Covid-19 sufferers

Public Health Wales yesterday announced a data breach involving the personally identifiable data of 18,105 people resident in Wales who had received a positive test for Covid-19. In a statement, the health body attributed the incident to “individual human error”, whereby the data was mistakenly uploaded to a public server on 30 August, remaining searchable […]

Don’t Lift and Shift: Evolve

At July’s Last Thursday in Privacy event, Sian John MBE, Microsoft’s EMEA / APJ director of cybersecurity strategy, gave companies transitioning to a cloud service model some food for thought. PrivSec’s Catherine Wycherley caught up with her to get some further insight. It might be oft-repeated, but that doesn’t make it any less true: modern […]

Facebook launches legal action against IDPC over proposed halt to EU-US data transfers

Facebook has begun legal action against the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) On 11 September, Facebook launched a court appeal in Ireland in an attempt to halt the IDPC’s preliminary order to suspend the use of Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) in EU-US data transfers.  Facebook deemed the proposal to be “premature” and urged the Irish […]

China announces global security standards initiative amid tensions with the US over data security

China announced on Tuesday that it will launch an initiative to promote global data security in this area, Global Times reported. Eight proposals were outlined in a statement given by Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, calling for a multilateral approach to mitigate data risks. China’s proposals call upon to handle data security in a […]

Hackers turn hunted in new AI-based cyber security deception tool

The University of Strathclyde has announced that researchers at its Centre for Intelligent and Dynamic Communications are working on a cyber security solution that uses AI and deception to protect network systems. Upon identifying a breach, “Lupovis” – a name derived from “lupus” (Latin for wolf) and “ovis” (sheep) – aims to convince a cyber […]

A new role for the cybersecurity industry: the Business Information Security Officer (BISO)

Traditionally, those working in the cybersecurity industry have been technically savvy and laser-focused on tools and solutions. At a time when the whole enterprise – all its data and all its people – were safely housed in a corporate office and on the corporate network, this worked fine. However, that paradigm was starting to shift […]

Google adds new privacy controls in Android 11 launch

A number of privacy controls featured in Google’s release of Android 11 yesterday. Chief among these is the function to allow one-time permissions, or single-use access to the microphone, camera and location permissions, rather than allowing ongoing access after permission is initially granted. In addition, Android now includes “auto-reset” permissions for apps that have remained […]