#Privacy: Irish regulator launches investigation into Google and Tinder

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two separate inquiries into Google and Tinder’s handling of customer data. In regards to Google, the Irish data regulator stated that it had received numerous complaints from numerous consumer organisations across the EU, regarding concerns about Google’s processing of location data. Subsequently, an investigation will be launched […]

#Privacy: Data breach at Indian airline exposes 1.2 million passengers

One of India’s largest privately owned airlines, SpiceJet, has suffered a data breach exposing the personal information of over a million of its passengers.  According to a report by TechCrunch, a security researcher gained access to one of SpiceJet’s unencrypted database using a brute-force attack.  The database contained the private information of over 1.2 million […]

#Privacy: Over 30m payments cards exposed from Wawa breach currently on sale

More than 30 million payment cards stolen from a 2019 breach at convenience store chain Wawa are for sale on the dark web.  In late December last year, Wawa disclosed a major security breach whereby malware had been found on its payment processing servers.  An investigation revealed that the malware had been running at different […]

#Privacy: SuperCasino announces data breach

The online gambling platform SuperCasino, has notified its users about a data breach which exposed their sensitive information.  In an email sent to users, the organisation stated that it had suffered a “security incident”, to which the personal data of its customers has been exposed to an unauthorised person.  Following a detailed investigation, SuperCasino confirmed […]

Start the new decade right by taking action this Data Protection Day 

In 2006, the Council of Europe launched Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28th January. This was also the date on which the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, ‘Convention 108’, was opened to signature. Data Protection Day – known outside of Europe as Privacy Day –  is now celebrated globally, and […]

#Privacy: Happy Data Protection Day!

Today industry leaders, governments, parliaments, national data protection bodies and other entities come together to raise awareness about the importance of personal and agency-wide data protection.  January 28 marks the anniversary of the first legally binding international law in the field of data protection – the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. Since this time, Data […]

#Privacy: Sex cam platform exposes thousands of users identification documents

SextPanther, a US-based adult entertainment website has exposed more than 11,000 identity documents of its models.  The documents were stored on an exposed Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage bucket that had no password protection.  The bucket contained documents SextPanther used to verify the ages of models including passports, driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers. Much […]

#Privacy: Telecoms group given access to NHS medical records without patient consent

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust have been handing over medical data to Telefonica without obtaining the consent of patients.  According to documents published last month under freedom of information laws, Telefonica, the Spanish group that trades as O2 in the UK, was given free access to a vast amount of medical records […]