All at (Priva) Sea? Brexit and Data Protection

PrivSec Report looks at some of the issues facing data protection professionals impacted by Brexit as the end to the transition period draws near.  June 2016’s UK referendum on EU membership ushered in stormy waters between the UK and Europe. Four years on, and the UK is approaching the end of the transition period – […]

COVID-19 FOCUS: Contact tracing in Ireland

As countries across the world grapple with tracking the virus while protecting data and privacy, Ireland’s contact tracing app has had a better reception than most. PrivSec Report looks at the Irish app’s development and privacy journey. “We got a call back in March from HSE [Ireland’s Health Service Executive] asking if we could help. […]

Report finds privacy and data protection shortcomings in some government measures to address Covid-19 pandemic

Shortcomings in the protection of privacy and data protection in some legislative and technical measures taken by governments to combat Covid-19 have been identified in a report published this week by human rights organisation the Council of Europe. The report, Digital Solutions to Fight COVID-19, examines the impact on privacy and data protection rights in […]

End-to-end encryption could pose threat to children, warns US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Japan

Certain uses of encryption technology pose challenges to public safety, including to highly vulnerable members of society such as sexually exploited children, according to a statement issued earlier this week by the United States Department of Justice and signed by six other nations. The communique warns that a company’s ability to identify and respond to […]

CJEU ruling poses threat to UK adequacy decision post-Brexit

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) yesterday ruled that the scope of European fundamental rights to privacy, data protection and freedom of expression extends to mass data retention and collection for national security purposes. In judgments for three cases concerning the UK, France and Belgium, the Court found that despite national security […]

Fun and games: Protecting children’s data in the gaming industry

Jürgen Bänsch is Director for Policy and Public Affairs at the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), and Director of Policy and Government Relations at the Pan European Game Information (PEGI). Ahead of PrivSec Global 2020, he takes PrivSec through the work being done in the gaming sector to protect the data and privacy of […]

Facing up to the cyber security challenge: a Q&A with Oxfam’s James Eaton-Lee

James Eaton-Lee, head of information security and data protection officer at Oxfam, discusses the cyber threats and challenges facing third sector organisations tackling poverty, equality and democratic disempowerment. PrivSec: What are the main cyber security challenges facing the sector at present? Are there discrete challenges that mean that you have to work differently to other […]

Cloud facial verification tech used for first time in establishing national digital identity in Singapore scheme

Cloud facial verification technology has been used for the first time in a government national identity programme in Singapore. The country’s National Digital Identity (NDI) programme, driven by Singapore’s GovTech agency, will utilise the technology in SingPass – the digital identity for Singapore residents used by four million people – as proof of ID for […]

Zerologon vulnerability actively exploited, says Microsoft

Microsoft has observed attacks exploiting the serious security flaw dubbed “Zerologon”, the company’s security intelligence team reported in a tweet yesterday. The vulnerability, officially called CVE-2020-1472 Netlogon EoP, can allow cyber attackers to get access to an unpatched Windows domain controller, leading to control over the internal network of an organisation. As a critical threat, […]