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 a report was released revealing that consumers in the UK are valuing their security over convenience, and a lost USB drive leads to the arrest of Anonymous hacker.

He dropped himself in it
The police were able to track the Anonymous hacker after he dropped a USB thumb drive. Following an investigation into the perpetrator’s background and a house search, it was discovered that Brecht had launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Crelan’s banking portal because $300,000 had disappeared from his mother’s bank account. Read the full report here.

Tut Tut, EE
This weeks ICO fine has gone to EE Limited to the sum of £100,000 because they had sent over 2.5 million direct marketing messages in early 2018. EE’s actions have been noted as deliberately violating the rules as the messages encouraged customers to access and manage the “My EE” app and upgrade their phone. If customers had not engaged with the first set of messages, the second batch of messages were sent out – in breach of the direct marketing rules. Read more about the breach and subsequent fine here.

Are they listening?
In an interview with CBS news this week, Instagram CEO attempts to convince users that they are not listening in to users conversations and admits that he thinks it’s futile for him to try and do so. The CEO claims that it could be “dumb luck” or it’s a result of the users’ interactions that they’re seeing certain adverts. We hosted a poll on Twitter to find out your views, currently, 83% of you think they are listening – there’s still time to vote so let us know what you think. Read more about the interview here.

In a report released this week, it was revealed that UK consumers are putting more value on their security rather than convenience when shopping online but at least 45 per cent of users would become increasingly frustrated with a brand if they were to face a lengthy checkout process. Read a rundown of the report here.

Openness by Design
Finally, this week has seen the ICO publish its new access to information strategy. The strategy has been named “Openness by Design” and will run until 2022. It has five core goals which include promoting the reform of access to information legislation so it remains relevant for our modern society and fit for purpose and ensuring that access to information rights is upheld in a consistent and timely manner and is operated effectively in a digital age. Read more about the ICO’s new strategy here.

Quote of the week:
“Getting information from the Internet is like taking a drink from a hydrant.”
– Mitchell Kapor, Personal Computing Pioneer and Investor

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