PrivSec:Report Weekly Roundup

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Each week, PrivSec:Report presents the top 5 headlines from the week’s news and upcoming events in the privacy and security industry. This week Data Protection World Forum hosted the European Data Protection Summit in London, no more cookies for Firefox, and a concerning number of phishing emails are held in places that should be safe.

#EUDPS
Starting off the week on the right foot, Data Protection World Forum hosted the European Data Protection Summit in London. The event saw hundreds of IT leaders and senior business decision-makers engage with keynote talks from an array of global names in data protection and security including Ian West from GDPR Institut, Ivana Bartoletti from Gemserv, and a celebrity in the privacy sector – Max Schrems, founder of noyb. Read a rundown of the event here.

More Facebook Data News
Not a week goes by lately where Facebook doesn’t appear in the news for privacy-related issues. This week, they have been ordered to turn over data records by US judge. The formal request has risen out of an investor lawsuit which is seeking official Facebook information so that an investigation can be carried out into malpractice and mismanagement at the social network. Read the full report here.

Keep calm and increase cybersecurity
The UK has been reported to be more vulnerable to cyber-attacks than ever before. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has dealt with 1,100 cyber-security incidents since its establishment in October 2016. The report discusses how the threat of cyber-attack is evolving fast and becoming technically more complex “with the boundaries between state-orchestrated attacks and those of cybercriminals increasingly blurred”. Read more about the report here.

A little phishy
Another concerning report has revealed that 90% of phishing emails are being found in domains with secure email gateways. The report said that the tactics and techniques utilised by threat actors are evolving to evade defence technology detection, with 1-in-7 emails reported to the PDC being malicious and bypassing technical controls. The report identified a lot of activity of threat actors using public, open source tools to evade detection. Read more about the report here.

Cookie Monsters Not Welcome
Finally, this week Firefox announced that they have blocked cookies for ad tracking by launching their Enhanced Tracking Protection feature. Firefox has stated that “Enhanced Tracking Protection will be practically invisible to you and you’ll only notice that it’s operating when you visit a site and see a shield icon in the address bar next to the URL address and the small “i” icon. Read more about this new feature here.

You may have noticed that this week also marked a change for GDPR:Report as it transformed into PrivSec:Report to reflect changing times, technologies and trends on the global data protection landscape. PrivSec will build on GDPR.Report’s reputation as a publisher of leading news stories from the world of data privacy on a domestic, European and global level. Read more about the change here.

Quote of the week:
“There is no such thing as being 100% compliant . . . unless you’re a new company with no historical data”

– Sheila FitzPatrick, FitzPatrick & Associates


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