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 it’s been revealed there’s been an increase in the number of whistleblower cases related to GDPR, and the world became obsessed with making themselves look old but were unaware of the implications on their data.

A year changes a lot

Just one year into the GDPR era, and it’s been reported that there has been a great increase in the number of whistleblower cases with employees lifting the lid on data protection-related scandals. The number has soared by 175%; raising from 138 to 379 in the 12 months. According to experts, there was a dip before the EU regulation, but since it’s introduction there has been a massive change. Read more about the report here.

How many?!

This week also seen in a massive data breach which affected almost every adult in Bulgaria; reports suggest that the data was stolen from Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency (NRA). Residents’ names, personal identification numbers, residential addresses and financial details are believed to be among data caught up in the breach. While most of the information is thought to be fairly old – dating back to 2007, some of the information is also relatively recent. Read more about the breach here.

The Great Hack Tailor Drops

The trailer for The Great Hack documentary dropped this week. The documentary explores the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal and how it lifts the mask on the dark arts of personal data processing. The Great Hack also features a PrivSec New York speaker, David Carroll – who will be discussing the Cambridge Analytica scandal in greater detail at the event. Read more about the documentary and watch the trailer here.

Older doesn’t necessarily mean wiser

The biggest fad this week has been the FaceApp which alters the users face – most users being obsessed with seeing how they could look when they’re older. But the app failed to make it clear to users just how their data would be used and now a US senator is calling for the app to be investigated by the FBI because it’s a Russian based company where users are required to provide full, irrevocable access to their photos and data. Read the full story here.

An exemption to the rule?

Despite last week’s heavy fines given to British Airways and Mariott International; this week the ICO has decided it will take no action against a charity that exposed details of 170 of their employees back in June. The security breach compromised personal data, including bank information, sort codes, account numbers, pension contributions, and wages details of their workers but claim that all the information had been removed from the computer of the person who received all these details. Read more about the story here.

Quote of the week:

“One single vulnerability is all an attacker needs”
– Window Snyder, Chief Security Officer, Fastly


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