#privacy: US senators call for clarity over how educational firms use young peoples’ data

IAM platform developer, Identity Automation, has announced its intention to protect student data privacy following the firm’s official certification as a safe technology for children by iKeepSafe. US firm, iKeepSafe specialises in safeguarding data privacy, working to independently evaluate privacy compliance for education technology vendors. The company certifies new software, guaranteeing its suitability in use […]

#privacy: Fundraising platform exposes more than 7 million records

A database belonging to the fundraising platform Wedidit has been discovered non-password protected.  Security researcher Jeremiah Fowler discovered the non-password protected database on July 11th and following an investigation it was found that the database was connected to an online fundraising platform.  The database was publicly accessible and all the folders within it contained the […]

#privacy: City of London hit by nearly one million cyber-attacks each month

The City of London has been hit by one million cyber-attacks each month during the first quarter of 2019. According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) data request by Centrify, it was identified that in the first three months of 2019, the governing body was hit by 2.8 million cyber attacks, which equates to an […]

#privacy: StockX faces lawsuit following data breach

StockX, a sneaker trading platform, is facing a lawsuit over a data breach that resulted in more than 6.8 million customer records being exposed. Filed on Monday in U.S District Court, the lawsuit is on behalf of a minor from Kansas and other minors whose personal data “was accessed, acquired, stolen and re-sold by hackers […]

#privacy: Regulator in Malta received no Facebook / Cambridge Analytica complaints

Reports reveal that no complaints were received by the Data Protection Commissioner in Malta concerning the data privacy scandal that erupted out of the shady relationship between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Facebook is currently coming under heavy governmental fire in the US for its data handling practices, and faces a $5 billion fine from the […]

#privacy: Third party exposes data from UK property preservation company

An open database containing more than 18,000 records was found exposed due to a third party provider. Security researcher Mark Daniels discovered the CouchDB database on July 30th. It had contained 18,667 records including names, account numbers, transaction details, admin passwords and user credentials.  Additionally the database also had IP addresses, Ports, Pathways and storage […]

#privacy: MoviePass exposes thousands of customers’ credit card numbers 

MoviePass, the movie ticket subscription service has left tens of thousands of customer card details exposed on an unprotected server.  Security researcher, Mossab Hussain, from cybersecurity firm SpiderSilk found the unprotected database and presented a sample of 1,000 records to TechCrunch to confirm that the customer data was left unencrypted and accessible to anyone.  The […]

#privacy: Facebook announces new tool “Off-Facebook Activity” 

Users will now be able to view all their data that is shared by third-party websites and apps to Facebook.  The new setting will allow users to clear their history, prevent any future activity from being tracked, and selectively stop specific websites from sending users browsing activity to Facebook. The feature simply removes the connection […]

#privacy: Leaders in South Africa call for fresh drive in data privacy law

Law experts and business owners in South Africa are calling on the government to introduce new data privacy legislation, citing an increasing urgency in the war on cyber-crime. The matter has become a priority issue for business leaders like Zaakir Mohamed, director in the corporate investigations sector of dispute resolution practice at commercial law firm, […]

#privacy: Database belonging to adult website found exposed

A pornographic image website, Luscious, has left their database unprotected and vulnerable to attackers.  Cybersecurity researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar from vpnMentor reported that the database had been left unprotected and potentially could have been accessed by anyone. The researchers discovered the database on August 15, and disclosed the situation to the company on […]