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 opened with PrivSec Dublin, Facebook scraps non-compliant apps, and guidance for Brexit has been released.
The week opened with the first PrivSec event in Dublin. PrivSec Report covered the event over the two days, read the coverage below.
Guess who’s back?
Facebook, of course! This time the social media giant appeared in the news for purges tens of thousands of apps due to data privacy concerns. Not all the apps suspended were believed to be a risk to users, but they were all linked to around 400 developers. The action has been taken in a bid to rebuild their reputation following the repeated scrutiny after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In a statement, the social network said, “Where we have concerns, we conduct a more intensive examination”. Read the full story here.
Times are changing.
Facebook isn’t the only big company trying to put things right, Google has now admitted that they fell short of meeting privacy expectations. The company said they were sorry and it will be doing more to protect user privacy with the Assistant and their transcribing process. Google paused the process of human transcription to investigate and has now announced that it will resume human audio reviews of Assistant recordings, but with new safeguards put in place. Read the full story here.
It only takes a minute, Vodafone, to expose data
Vodafone experienced a midweek blunder this week when their app updated and exposed customers data, which was visible for 15 minutes. The company has apologised for their mistake, and released a statement to tell customers that they are investigating to find out how many people were affected by the incident, but customers have been reassurred that their financial details were not exposed. Read the full story here.
No deal and data
No-Deal Brexit threatens to inhibit the free transfer of data between the EU and the UK if the European Commission finds the UK data protection policies to be lacking. GDPR will no longer be effective in the UK after Brexit, the DPA 2018 will ensure that data transfers from the UK into the EU will remain unaffected even in the event of a No-Deal departure. Read the full story here.
Don’t get kicked while you’re already down
Finally, it’s been revealed that fraudsters are jumping on the Thomas Cook hype. Which? Consumer Rights Experts have said, “Our advice is to ignore unsolicited calls and texts, and avoid sharing your card or bank details”. And it’s not just Thomas Cook customers that have been affected by the fraudsters, there have been reports of non-customers being contacted asking for the same personal information. Read the full story here.
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