Campaigners pressure Irish Data Protection Commission to act over use of data in ad-targeting

A campaign group has accused the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) of allowing the “largest ever recorded” data breach by online advertising An Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) submission to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) released on Monday accuses the DPC of failing to stop a “massive” online advertising data breach. The submission […]

James Eaton-Lee, Head of Information Security / Data Protection Officer, Oxfam

Ahead of this week’s Data Protection World Forum webinar, Building Security’s Influence in the C Suite, PrivSec catches up with Oxfam’s James Eaton-Lee. Eaton-Lee worked in various IT and consultancy roles, before moving into security consultancy, across security testing and assurance. After a spell as Information Security Manager at Travelodge, he came to Oxfam, where […]

Growing focus on data protection across Africa, though implementation issues remain

PrivSec catches up with Teki Akutteh Falconer, founder of the Ghana-based Africa Digital Rights Hub, ahead of PrivSec Global 2020 In recent years, Africa has seen a growth in the introduction and implementation of individual country laws protecting the data of citizens, as well as increased interest in developing a unified approach to data protection […]


Jared Browne is Group Data Governance Officer at Fexco, Ireland’s largest privately-owned financial services firm and will be joining a panel discussion on Privacy by Design at PrivSec Global on 3 December. How did you get into the field of privacy? I originally qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 2010 and would have been […]

The AML “travel rule”: a new challenge for VASPs and GDPR

Since the birth of cryptocurrency, it was argued that virtual currencies and assets are  worthy alternatives to the existing financial system. Governments and regulators have fought long and hard to deny crypto’s legitimacy, but its popularity has made it increasingly difficult to ignore. The news in June 2019 that Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) would […]

Youtube faces £2bn UK court battle over alleged children’s privacy breach

YouTube is facing a legal battle over claims it is breaching millions of young people’s privacy and data rights. The claim, brought in the United Kingdom’s High Court against parent company Google, alleges that Youtube’s methods of targeting underage audiences constitute major breaches in the UK Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation […]

Don’t Lift and Shift: Evolve

At July’s Last Thursday in Privacy event, Sian John MBE, Microsoft’s EMEA / APJ director of cybersecurity strategy, gave companies transitioning to a cloud service model some food for thought. PrivSec’s Catherine Wycherley caught up with her to get some further insight. It might be oft-repeated, but that doesn’t make it any less true: modern […]

Hackers turn hunted in new AI-based cyber security deception tool

The University of Strathclyde has announced that researchers at its Centre for Intelligent and Dynamic Communications are working on a cyber security solution that uses AI and deception to protect network systems. Upon identifying a breach, “Lupovis” – a name derived from “lupus” (Latin for wolf) and “ovis” (sheep) – aims to convince a cyber […]

A new role for the cybersecurity industry: the Business Information Security Officer (BISO)

Traditionally, those working in the cybersecurity industry have been technically savvy and laser-focused on tools and solutions. At a time when the whole enterprise – all its data and all its people – were safely housed in a corporate office and on the corporate network, this worked fine. However, that paradigm was starting to shift […]