GDPR:Report Weekly Roundup

Each week, GDPR:Report presents the top 5 headlines from the week’s news and upcoming events in the data protection industry. This week, consumers have been warned about the privacy risks involved when having smart speakers in the home and a worrying statistic has emerged about ransomware attacks.

Alexa, what do you know?

They may be convenient but smart speakers are posing privacy and security risks to their users with company employees regularly listening in on conversations. The report reveals that it’s unclear about how long the recordings are kept, amongst other concerning issues. To find out more and read the full report, click here.

Where is your data?

It may also be convenient for companies to manage consumers data through a third party but this can actually make them more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Worryingly, over half of the companies that were interviewed for the report revealed that they manage their data externally, many of which were in foreign countries which posed a greater risk. To read a further rundown of the report, click here.

Get your business head in the clouds

European enterprises have reportedly fallen behind in cloud adoption despite claiming that they were the early adopters, with 32% admitting that they’ve yet to fully commit to implementing the tools necessary to secure the data they have. Despite this, experts are pleased to see an increase in the number of organisations allowing for greater investment into securing the data they have. To read more about the report, click here.

What’s your password?

Changing your password regularly is supposed to be a good way to protect your data, but Microsoft revealed this week that it plans to scrap the password expiration policy for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903. Users previously needed to change their passwords every three months, but this actually increased the number of users writing down their passwords in order to remember which one they were currently using – defeating the object of their plan – so they’ve now decided to scrap the idea. To read the full report on this story, click here.

In companies we trust…or do we?

With more to be gained, cybercriminals have decided to move in on business data, as opposed to targeting individuals. The report reveals that in comparison with last year the rise of business ransomware has increased over 500%. Experts are advising consumers to take heed when handing over their data to organisations, so it looks like organisations need to do a lot more to earn our trust. To find out other key statistics from the report, click here.


This weeks’ key events:

– The IAPP hosted the Global Privacy Summit 2019 in Washington D.C., to see key points from the event, click here.

– The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, received the annual IAPP Privacy Leadership Award, read the story here.


Quote of the week:

“Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves”

– Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.


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