Greetings from Brussels! As if working in privacy couldn’t become more mind boggling, with the impending GDPR and its far-reaching implications, now make way for Joseph Cannataci, the UN’s first Privacy Chief. Published in The Guardian this week, Cannataci is calling for a Geneva Convention-style international agreement for the Internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance. This is a bold statement in our current heightened security climate, taking... Read more
Speaking at the Unmanned Aircraft Association of Ireland’s first-ever “Meet the Drones” event, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe emphasized the need to get drone privacy right, The Irish Times reports. “There is a real need now within Ireland and within Europe to look at what kind of laws will be needed now and in the future to deal with matters in relation to security, in relation to privacy and in relation to how different kinds of units will be regulated,” said Donohoe. Drone users might... Read more
According to a study by security corporation Intercede, less than five percent of 16- to 35-year-olds in the U.S. and UK trust that their digital identities are adequately protected, with 70 percent believing that these online risks aren’t going anywhere soon, ComputerWeekly reports. Lubna Dajani, a digital technologist, noted, “Businesses and governments should urgently review current security protocols or else risk the potential to drive innovation and growth.” And The Telegraph reports Google... Read more
Activists are expressing concern about an Irish government policy of publishing the names and addresses of new citizens in Iris Oifigiúil, the official government register, Irish Times reports. Digital Rights Ireland believes the practice, which has been in place since at least 2005, is in breach of EU law. However, the practice was reviewed in 2011 by the Minister for Justice and it was decided the practice is mandated by a 1956 Act. The Data Protection Commissioner found, too, that the process... Read more
UK-based holiday company Thomson notified customers this week of a relatively small breach, of just 458 customers, caused by an email sent in error to those same 458 people, containing information about flight dates, balance due and contact information. “The error was identified very quickly and the email was recalled,” Thomson told affected customers, “which was successful in a significant number of cases.” “Security Evangelist” Tony Asncombe notes in AVG Now that what are known as “data leakag... Read more
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