Think tank: Security breaches up at UK's Home Office | Consumer group sues, claims Zoom misled users | Google faces new EU accusations involving Ad Exchange
September 22, 2020
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Data loss incidents for the UK's Home Office are up 120% over the past two fiscal years, finds Parliament Street, a think tank that studies cybersecurity. A high-profile case occurred last year when Home Office documents about possible ways to track migrants using digital IDs were leaked.
Full Story: Digit (Scotland) (9/21) 
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Privacy in the News
A nonprofit consumer group is suing Zoom Video Communications, accusing the popular videoconferencing platform of giving users "a false sense of security." Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, alleging that Zoom violated D.C.'s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
Full Story: USA Herald (9/21) 
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The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has filed further accusations against Google, which is facing an ongoing complaint that it violated EU privacy rules. The new complaints center on Google's handling of personal data through its Ad Exchange service, where advertisers bid to offer ads based on users' interests and history of web browsing.
Full Story: The Irish Times (Dublin) (9/21) 
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Commentary: TikTok controversy ignores reality
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Claiming that US users' data "is especially compromised because the Chinese government can access it" ignores realities, Doris Tian writes. In this commentary about the controversial sale of TikTok's US operations, Tian writes that big media companies in the US "all have user data that is currently stored and used by Chinese ad tech firms."
Full Story: The Bull & Bear (McGill University) (9/20) 
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Best Practices
Creating an automated data security operations setup ensures that data are encrypted before they leave a company's firewall, says Ameesh Divatia, CEO of Baffle, which secures cloud data. Divatia offers five tips, concluding with the necessity of limiting and monitoring access to the data.
Full Story: Security Boulevard (9/15) 
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Professional Development
Data anonymization is a good technique for protecting personal information and can be achieved in several ways, Astha Oriel writes. In this analysis, Oriel outlines six ways to alter data and deter hackers, starting with masking, which includes the "swap and replace" technique of substituting characters or words.
Full Story: Analytics Insight (9/19) 
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Policy, Trends and Research
Even though Switzerland is not an EU member, its Privacy Shield agreement with the US fell victim to the Schrems II data transfer decision, Swiss regulators report. The agreement technically remains in place, but Switzerland now considers the US a data transfer partner requiring "additional safeguards."
Full Story: CPO Magazine (Singapore) (9/16) 
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