Facebook hack exposed info on up to 50 million users

Facebook announced on Friday that it has suffered a data breach affecting up to 50 million users. According to a report from the New York Times, Facebook discovered the attack on Tuesday and have contacted the FBI. The exploit reportedly enables attackers to take over control of accounts so, as a precaution, the social network has […]

Regulator deems charity behaved lawfully

The Information Commissioners Office has said that no rules were broken, following the possibility that a homeless charity forwarded personal details of migrant rough sleepers to the Home Office without consent. Some of the individuals involved were discovered by Home Office patrol teams and deported as a result of the data being passed on. St […]

Canadian regulator seeks public comment on breach reporting guidance

As reported in BNA Privacy Law Watch, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (the “OPC”) is seeking public comment on recently released guidance(the “Guidance”) intended to assist organizations with understanding their obligations under the federal breach notification mandate, which will take effect in Canada on November 1, 2018.  Breach notification in Canada has historically been […]

EU on Amazon and privacy: “We are gathering information on the issue”

The EU’s competition commissioner has confirmed that the EU is gathering information on how Amazon uses personal data, although it has said there is no “formal antitrust probe” at this stage. Speaking at a press conference, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager commented on how Amazon uses data acquired from its ECommerce marketplace involving third party […]