Biden names cybersecurity and privacy chiefs

US President Joe Biden’s choices as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and director of national intelligence (DNI) say they will make bolstering the country’s cybersecurity a priority. Nominees Alejandro Mayorkas (DHS) and Avril Haines (DNI) highlighted the need to secure the government against cyber threats following discovery of the Russian hack of […]

PrivSec Job Focus: Heidi Mäkelä, senior legal counsel, Telia Finland

In this week’s Q&A, Heidi Mäkelä describes the importance of understanding the relationship between customer experience and privacy What is your full job title? I am a senior legal counsel specialized in privacy and confidentiality of communication (and CIPP/E) working in Telia Finland, a Telecommunications, Media and ICT company in Finland and part of Telia […]

WhatsApp delays privacy policy changes following Facebook data-sharing concern

WhatsApp has announced a three-month delay to changes to its privacy policy following concerns over mandatory data-sharing with parent company Facebook. The messaging platform had previously announced that from 8 February users would need to agree to some of their data being shared with Facebook if they wish to continue using the service. This included […]

4,000 files feared stolen in cyber attack on Scottish regulator

An environmental regulator in Scotland has confirmed that at least 4,000 files have been accessed and likely stolen by criminals in an ongoing cyberattack on its systems. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said 1.2GB of data was stolen, including information not publicly available.  SEPA also said this week that it believed the attack, which […]

PrivSec Job Focus: Paul Lanois, Director, Fieldfisher

In our latest reader-submitted Q&A, Paul Lanois talks about the ever-evolving nature of privacy What is your full job title? My full job title is Director, Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy, at Fieldfisher (a European law firm) in their Silicon Valley (USA) office. Which industry do you work in? My practice covers information governance, data protection, privacy, cybersecurity […]

German retailer vows to fight €10.4million GDPR fine for video-monitoring employees

An online electronics retailer fined for GDPR breaches over its use of video cameras in the workplace has branded its $10.4m fine “unlawful” and vowed to fight it. AG (NBB) was issued with the fine last month by the State Commissioner for Data Protection (LfD) Lower Saxony. LfD said the company had video-monitored its […]