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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What changes GDPR will bring?

While some tend to portray new European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) as menacing Apocalypse coming from nowhere, fact is that GDPR is an “upgrade” of existing EU data protection laws. EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) was adopted already in 1995. In some countries – like Germany and Sweden – data protection laws were introduced even much earlier – in 1970s and 1980s.

GDPR keeps the basic principles of Data Protection Directive and ads new “layer” to it, aiming to unify data protection in all EU countries and bring more rights and control over data use back to individuals. In fact, GDPR incorporates guidance of data protection authorities and best practice in data protection. There almost nothing in GDPR that wouldn’t already exist somewhere. For example, data protection by design and by default principle originated back in 1980s, data protection officers already are mandatory requirement in Germany, and breach notification exist in communication sector for years.

But let’s look what exactly are the changes GDPR brings us.

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French GDPR Implementation Bill – for French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) it could not come soon enough!

If you are a regular reader of the dataprotection.blog, you probably already have a high level understanding of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, otherwise known as the “GDPR”.

The development of the digital era has forced us to rethink the framework that is applicable to personal data.
– French Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, 13th December 2017

As you may be aware, the Member States are slowly but surely debating implementing legislation in order to transpose the GDPR into national law, in accordance with their own procedural requirements. France is no exception. As such, on 13th December 2017, Nicole Belloubet, the Minister of Justice presented the bill which sets out how France shall implement the provisions of the GDPR into existing French Data Protection Law to the French Council of Ministers.

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Paper on encryption workarounds and human rights

On 12 September, European Digital Rights (EDRi) – an association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe – published the position paper “Encryption Workarounds: a digital rights perspective”. Paper was published as a response to the European Commission’s expert consultation exercise around the Encryption Workarounds paper by Orin Kerr and Bruce Schneier.

EDRi’s position paper describes ways law enforcement authorities can use to access encrypted data within the framework of their investigations.

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