Campaigners pressure Irish Data Protection Commission to act over use of data in ad-targeting

A campaign group has accused the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) of allowing the “largest ever recorded” data breach by online advertising An Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) submission to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) released on Monday accuses the DPC of failing to stop a “massive” online advertising data breach. The submission […]

James Eaton-Lee, Head of Information Security / Data Protection Officer, Oxfam

Ahead of this week’s Data Protection World Forum webinar, Building Security’s Influence in the C Suite, PrivSec catches up with Oxfam’s James Eaton-Lee. Eaton-Lee worked in various IT and consultancy roles, before moving into security consultancy, across security testing and assurance. After a spell as Information Security Manager at Travelodge, he came to Oxfam, where […]

Growing focus on data protection across Africa, though implementation issues remain

PrivSec catches up with Teki Akutteh Falconer, founder of the Ghana-based Africa Digital Rights Hub, ahead of PrivSec Global 2020 In recent years, Africa has seen a growth in the introduction and implementation of individual country laws protecting the data of citizens, as well as increased interest in developing a unified approach to data protection […]

Human error reveals personal data of 18,000 Welsh Covid-19 sufferers

Public Health Wales yesterday announced a data breach involving the personally identifiable data of 18,105 people resident in Wales who had received a positive test for Covid-19. In a statement, the health body attributed the incident to “individual human error”, whereby the data was mistakenly uploaded to a public server on 30 August, remaining searchable […]

Don’t Lift and Shift: Evolve

At July’s Last Thursday in Privacy event, Sian John MBE, Microsoft’s EMEA / APJ director of cybersecurity strategy, gave companies transitioning to a cloud service model some food for thought. PrivSec’s Catherine Wycherley caught up with her to get some further insight. It might be oft-repeated, but that doesn’t make it any less true: modern […]

China announces global security standards initiative amid tensions with the US over data security

China announced on Tuesday that it will launch an initiative to promote global data security in this area, Global Times reported. Eight proposals were outlined in a statement given by Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, calling for a multilateral approach to mitigate data risks. China’s proposals call upon to handle data security in a […]

Hackers turn hunted in new AI-based cyber security deception tool

The University of Strathclyde has announced that researchers at its Centre for Intelligent and Dynamic Communications are working on a cyber security solution that uses AI and deception to protect network systems. Upon identifying a breach, “Lupovis” – a name derived from “lupus” (Latin for wolf) and “ovis” (sheep) – aims to convince a cyber […]

Google adds new privacy controls in Android 11 launch

A number of privacy controls featured in Google’s release of Android 11 yesterday. Chief among these is the function to allow one-time permissions, or single-use access to the microphone, camera and location permissions, rather than allowing ongoing access after permission is initially granted. In addition, Android now includes “auto-reset” permissions for apps that have remained […]