Each week, GDPR:Report presents the top five headlines from the week’s news and upcoming events in the data protection industry. This week, it’s been revealed that there has been a sharp increase in the number of data breaches reported, and the biggest data breach in Canada’s history occurred.
GDPR, Is It Working?
The report, issued by Risk Based Security, revealed that the number of reported data breaches for the first three months of 2019 was up by 56.4%. Depending on interpretation, the could be a good thing because it shows that the stringent rules of GDPR are working and more companies are notifying regulators and their customers about breaches, but some could say that it’s not working and organisations and regulators need to do more to protect the data they have. To read the full story, click here.
Ok Google, Protect My Privacy
Google stepped up its privacy game this week when they announced a new set of privacy controls will be introduced in the new versions of its Chrome web browser. The tech giant has named the privacy changes as SameSite Cookies and Fingerprinting Protection – don’t worry, you won’t be required to scan a finger each time you browse the internet. To read more about the planned changes, click here.
Freedom Of Personal Information?
Freedom Mobile, the fourth largest mobile telecommunications network in Canada has suffered a data breach that has left customers data vulnerable. The breach has affected over 5 million customers because the information was left in a database that was not password protected, although the network believes that only a limited amount of data was actually exposed. Read the full story here.
Is Anything Secure Anymore?
Cryptocurrency has become massive in recent years, with users of the digital currency choosing to utilise it to make their transactions more secure. But it appears that it’s not as secure as once thought with $41 million stolen from cryptocurrency exchange Binance, who reported that some 7,000 bitcoins were withdrawn from a “hot wallet” containing approx. 2% of the exchange’s total bitcoin holdings. To read more about the report, click here.
You spend, hackers save.
An internet security company has found that a malicious program that has been injecting itself on hundreds of online shopping websites stealing sensitive payments credentials from online shopping websites. The information that has been taken includes names, card numbers, expiration dates and CVV information. The attacks started back in October 2018, but are only now being tracked. To read more about the hacking, click here.
Quote of the week:
“We are losing privacy at an alarming rate – we have none left”
– John McAfee.
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