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Europe Data Protection Digest | Guernsey DPA stresses focus on breach mitigation and more data loss updates Related reading: Privacy inspection tool finds ad trackers on sensitive nonprofit websites

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  • According to BBC News, the Office of the Data Protection Authority of Guernsey is urging businesses to take steps to address human error in data handling which led to 36 data breaches between July and August.
  • An unsecured database containing more than 61 million records belonging to wearable technology and fitness firm GetHealth was exposed online, ZDNet reports. Researchers said data sources include Fitbit and Apple’s HealthKit, while user names, birthdates and GPS logs were among exposed information.
  • Following Apple’s emergency software update to address a spyware vulnerability, security researcher Patrick Wardle said changes could be made to improve the safety of iMessage and iOS, GovInfoSecurity reports.
  • Members of the hacker group Anonymous claim to have stolen “a decade's worth of data” from web hosting company Epik, Gizmodo reports. An Epik spokesperson said it is “not aware of any breach” and takes “the security of our clients’ data extremely seriously.”
  • Data from security vendor Sophos showed global financial services firms spent more than $2 million on ransomware attack recoveries last year, InfoSecurity Magazine reports.
  • Researchers from Trend Micro found banking, government and manufacturing entities are top targets for ransomware operators, with large companies particularly at risk, ZDNet reports.
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