UK releases details of Russian cyber attacks against Olympics and Paralympics

GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service, hacked officials and organisations involved in the planned 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the UK government has announced. The UK government said that the GRU also targeted the 2018 Korean Winter Olympics and Paralympics, which took place in Pyeongchang, even posing as North Korean and Chinese cyber attackers when […]

Facebook’s lead European regulator investigates Instagram’s processing of children’s data

UPDATE 20/10/20: This article was updated to include a comment from Facebook. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two statutory inquiries into the processing of children’s data on Facebook-owned social media platform, Instagram. In the first, the DPC will look at Facebook’s reliance on certain legal bases for processing children’s personal data on Instagram, whether […]

COVID-19 FOCUS: A perspective from The International Association of Privacy Professionals

As organisations across the world grapple with the pandemic, PrivSec Report speaks to Müge Fazlıoğlu, senior research fellow at the US-headquartered IAPP, about the ongoing privacy and data protection challenges. As Senior Westin Research Fellow at the Westin Research Center, an in-house International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) resource producing research and scholarship into the privacy sector, Müge Fazlıoğlu […]

COVID-19 FOCUS: Private and confidential? Healthtech and the pandemic

PrivSec Report takes a look at the growth of digital healthcare – and the impact on patient privacy and data security.  We’ve all seen the newspaper reports of how hospitals and ICUs have coped with treating the influx of patients caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. But the disease has also caused widespread changes in the […]

COVID-19 FOCUS: Contact tracing in Ireland

As countries across the world grapple with tracking the virus while protecting data and privacy, Ireland’s contact tracing app has had a better reception than most. PrivSec Report looks at the Irish app’s development and privacy journey. “We got a call back in March from HSE [Ireland’s Health Service Executive] asking if we could help. […]

Report finds privacy and data protection shortcomings in some government measures to address Covid-19 pandemic

Shortcomings in the protection of privacy and data protection in some legislative and technical measures taken by governments to combat Covid-19 have been identified in a report published this week by human rights organisation the Council of Europe. The report, Digital Solutions to Fight COVID-19, examines the impact on privacy and data protection rights in […]

End-to-end encryption could pose threat to children, warns US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Japan

Certain uses of encryption technology pose challenges to public safety, including to highly vulnerable members of society such as sexually exploited children, according to a statement issued earlier this week by the United States Department of Justice and signed by six other nations. The communique warns that a company’s ability to identify and respond to […]

Viva a revolução? Brazil’s new data protection regime

As the LGPD finally came into effect last month, PrivSec Report explores the new law and the impact it could have on the Brazilian data protection ecosystem and culture. The new Brazilian data protection law, Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais, or “LGPD”, has received much recent attention on the global privacy stage. Passed in […]