#privacy: ICO confirms data breach at British bank

For over ten years, the confidential and sensitive personal data of over 1,600 Natwest customers has been stored in an ex-worker’s home, because the bank couldn’t decide on how to salvage the information securely. Customers were not told about the data breach by Natwest, because its owner, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is unaware of […]

#privacy: Alison Pepper to speak at PrivSec New York

Alison Pepper will address audiences at PrivSec conference, taking place November 5th and 6th at Columbia University, New York City. Alison Pepper currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations at the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) in Washington, D.C. In that role she works with regulators, legislators, and cross-industry stakeholders on […]

#privacy: ICO to investigate facial recognition at King’s Cross

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is to launch an official investigation into the facial recognition processes in operation at King’s Cross in north London. When news of the technology’s use broke earlier in August, a spokesperson for the developer, Argent, said that monitoring was being carried out on the 67-acre site to “ensure public safety”, […]

#privacy: New report suggests cyber laws in Russia will lead to online crime increase

New research has concluded that a reworking of cyber laws in Russia could lead to a rise in global computer crime. The report put together by cyber intelligence company, IntSights, looks at the potential consequences of data laws set to be implemented in eastern European state. The nation’s “Sovereign Internet” law governing consumers, businesses and […]

#privacy: UK government publishes new cyber-attack defence measures for further education institutions

New guidance published by the UK government has advised colleges to take extra measures in order to protect themselves from cyber-attack. Staff training, thorough and secure data backup, email verification and firewalls are among the actions further education institutions should be executing to meet the rising threat of cyber-crime. The details were contained in a […]

#privacy: Financial firm in Canada spends £53m in data breach aftermath

In June, news broke of how a former employee at financial co-operative Desjardins had shared confidential data with figures outside the company. The data of around 2.9 million individual members and 173,000 business members was illegally delivered to third parties, with details comprising social insurance numbers, names, residential addresses, transaction behaviours and purchases. In the wake […]

#privacy: Defence, police and banks caught up in biometrics data breach

The personal and private information of over 1 million citizens has been compromised following a biometrics system data breach.  The data was found available to public access on a database used by institutions including the Metropolitan police, defence firms and financial organisations. Fingerprints, facial recognition ID, personal data and unencrypted login credentials are among the […]

#privacy: Professor Woodrow Hartzog to speak at PrivSec New York

We are delighted to announce that Professor Woodrow Hartzog will address audiences at PrivSec conference, taking place November 5th and 6th at Columbia University, New York City. Hartzog is Professor of Law and Computing Science at Northeastern University School of Law and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He is also a non-resident Fellow at […]

#privacy: Most EU cookie notices are not GDPR compliant

Researchers have found that 86% of cookie consent notices are offering no options other than a confirmation button. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, conducted a study looking into how European consumers interact with cookie consent mechanisms, and how various design choices could influence a consumers privacy choice.  The study […]