#privacy: UN entities “not subject to the GDPR” UNICEF media chief explains after data breach

 UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency has said it may have caused a data breach to reveal the private information of thousands of online learners through the Agora platform. The Agora website gives UNICEF staff and public members the chance to go through free training courses that teach on children’s rights, humanitarian action, research and […]

#privacy: Data breach in Australia may have hit 50,000 university students using “Get” app

Students in Australia who have downloaded Get, an events-scheduling app, may have had their private data compromised on the Internet. Around 50,000 students are believed to have been caught up in the potential breach, which has shaken university clubs and societies across Australia. The incident is the second leak of its kind linked to the […]

#privacy: US power grid hit by cyber-security due to lax protection measures

Earlier this year, news broke of a security breach at a North American power grid body, with commentators suggesting that the incident was not as serious as first thought. According to a report published by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), lessons had been learnt from the intrusion which saw hackers cause firewalls to […]

#privacy: GDPR implementation law passed in Portugal

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on May 25th 2018, since when organisations both in Europe and beyond have been collaborating with regional data privacy regulators to ensure legislative compliance with stronger data protection standards. While the new laws have inspired similar legal frameworks within regimes around the world, only now has […]

#privacy: New Zealand Transport officials red-faced after data breach announcement

A technology glitch at the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has led to an embarrassing data breach announcement made by officials at the government body. The glitch occurred within a data key which was known for its strong cyber-security. “The transport agency can confirm the Google API was incorrectly left open as part of the […]

#privacy: UK news broadcaster teams up with tech giants to fight fake news

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced that it is to devote resources towards a new initiative designed to help combat the spread of disinformation online. The plans will see the creation of an early warning system for election seasons, when the spread of fake news may pose its biggest risks to democracy and wider […]

#privacy: Apple hits back at Google for sparing the facts about iPhone device hack

After last week’s revelations about Google describing a cyber-attack of unprecedented scale on iPhone users, Apple has hit back against what it feels is an act of reputational sabotage.  Apple has sought to put the record straight, underlining how Google’s characterisation of the incident amounts to an attack on all Apple device users. In a […]