Latest bits on privacy and cybersecurity #3

This weeks collection of latest privacy, data protection and cyber-security news and interesting articles. Enjoy the reading!

Six month prison sentence to employee for data misuse

A motor industry employee has been sentenced to six months in prison in the first prosecution to be brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under legislation which carries a potential prison sentence.

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Handbook on European data protection law

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has published a handbook on European data protection law. This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners not specialised in data protection with this emerging area of the law. The handbook provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks.

It also explains key case law, summarising major rulings of both the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, it presents hypothetical scenarios that serve as practical illustrations of the diverse issues encountered in this ever-evolving field.

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Facebook users drop in Europe. What is the takeaway?

Recently Facebook published latest (Q3) user and revenue update, having the overall users base drop (in Europe and US, mainly).

While the drop of users, when compared to total numbers, is small, it is strong signal that users in Europe are not happy with some of Facebook’s practices. More specifically, the drop-in user count is attributed mostly to the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal in early 2018 when it was revealed Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles without their consent and used it for political purposes. It has been described as a watershed moment in the public understanding of personal data usage and precipitated a massive fall in Facebook’s stock price and calls for tighter regulation of tech companies’ use of data. This serious breach of privacy no doubt caused some users to simply stop using Facebook.

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How Cyber Security Experts Are Staying One Step Ahead

Cybersecurity threads are moving and evolving at a rapid pace and they are a lot more sophisticated than they were a couple of years ago. Cybercriminals even use techniques developed by government intelligence agencies. Everyone who lands on a malicious website can get infected.

“The explosion in mobile device use and mobile networking has exponentially increased the number of security threats [that] individuals face on a daily basis,” said Joe Ferrara, president and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies, a security-training firm based in Pittsburgh.

Your smartphone’s sensitive personal information can be broadcast over public airwaves.

Technology experts recommend to keep learning and explore new approaches to protect your network and to to stay ahead of the game.

In this article, I’ll talk about what cyber security experts are doing to stay one stead ahead.

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Best picks on privacy

Collection of latest and most interesting news pieces, articles and publications from around the internet. You may also want to check all latest privacy and data protection news.

Facebook fined £500,000 for data breaches in Cambridge Analytica scandal

United Kingdom’s data protection authority ICO fined Facebook with maximum penalty of £500,000 for lack of transparency and failing to protect users’ information.

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The GDPR is on its way towards implementation into French law following a constitutional challenge

Following on from the article published on the dataprotection.blog on 24 January 2018 “French GDPR Implementation Bill – for French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) it could not come soon enough!”, Charlotte Gerrish provides us with the latest update on the status of the French GDPR Implementation Bill which, after surviving an attack of “unconstitutionality” before the French Constitutional Council, is now on its way into force.

As we stated back in January 2018, the French legislature had been fairly slow in pushing forward with the implementation of the GDPR into French national law. The progress of the Bill had not been without issues. On 16 May 2018, just 9 days before the GDPR was due to come into force, at least 60 French senators referred the Bill to the Constitutional Council claiming that certain provisions were unconstitutional and therefore contrary to French law and public policy (Affaire No. 2018-765 DC).

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Privacy at the Margins

The International Journal of Communication has published new Special Section on “Privacy at the Margins” with 10 articles from international scholars. Those articles look at a range of privacy experiences around the world.

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