CISA issues Emergency Directive in response to supply chain attack on US agencies

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an Emergency Directive in response to a supply chain attack on US agencies The Directive was issued on Sunday in response to an ongoing investigation into a compromise by “malicious actors” of SolarWinds Orion products. It calls on all federal civilian agencies to review their networks […]

New UK digital markets watchdog could impose data requirements on powerful tech companies

A proposed new UK regulatory regime to promote competition in digital markets could impose data interoperability and access requirements on big tech companies, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has suggested. The CMA this week issued advice to the UK government on the design and implementation of a proposed new watchdog called the Digital Markets […]

End-to-end encryption should not apply to children’s accounts, Commissioner says

End-to-end encryption of electronic communications should not apply to children’s accounts, the Children’s Commissioner in the UK has said. As of 21 December 2020, the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) will extend the scope of the ePrivacy Directive to Over-The-Top (OTT) companies, which will remove the explicit legal basis for the main tech players such as […]

British MPs warn UK-Japan trade deal has “profound implications for privacy”

A group of cross-party MPs say the UK-Japan trade deal has “profound implications for privacy and for international trade” and urges the government to provide more information before the Agreement is assented on or before December 7. In an open letter to Liz Truss, secretary of state for the Department of International Trade, the MPs […]

Manchester United network suffers “sophisticated” internal cyber attack

On Friday, Manchester United announced that a “sophisticated operation by organised cyber criminals” had occurred. An investigation is underway, but the club said they did not believe that any personal data belonging to employees or customers had been accessed. Impacted systems were immediately shut down to contain the attack. Most of the club’s digital operations […]

Preparing for quantum computing and future cyber threat challenges

Futurist Edgar Perez talks to PrivSec Report about quantum computing, AI and the perennial threat of cybercrime. Early sociologist Max Weber once said that the modern world is persistent in its pursuit of advancement and innovation, and the future-oriented sensibility of science would go on ‘ad infinitum.’ According to his writing, humans are innately oriented […]

Australian government opens public consultation on changes to its Privacy Act

The Australian government has opened a consultation on potential changes to privacy legislation. Following the Attorney-General’s announcement in December last year of a review of the Privacy Act 1988, the government is seeking feedback from the public on the “potential issues relevant to reform” outlined in a 68-question Issues Paper. The Australian government adds that […]

The FTC settles with Zoom after the company ‘misled’ users over encryption and surveillance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced  a settlement with Zoom, after the company “misled users by touting that it offered ‘end-to-end, 256-bit encryption’ and remote video surveillance.” The agreement will require Zoom to implement a “robust information security programme” to settle allegations that it engaged in a “series of deceptive and unfair practices that […]