What? Only two reported data breaches in the news this week? I suspect there were lots more and maybe the journalists are just getting “data breach fatigue.” It seems to be such a run-of-the-mill story these days that I’m thinking most newspaper editors are starting to shy away from reporting on them because the audience is oversaturated.
Well, that might be the case for the average data breach, but if journalists can find an interesting angle, I think they will still jump at the chance. One such case this week made it to prominent news publications because it was tied to the provincial election in Ontario. The story reports that a Progressive candidate in the Brampton area resigned from his campaign after allegations were levied against him that he was somehow implicated with a data breach where he used to work.
It smells of Cambridge Analytica, so worth reporting at least at the early stages.
The second breach in the news is a CBC News report on how the CBC lost a computer with employee details on it. I think it’s funny how the CBC is reporting on itself, and it emphasizes quite strongly that the organization is budgeting $300,000 to deal with the breach. Good to know!
Next week, I’ll be in Toronto for the Canada Privacy Symposium. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I’m providing CIPP/C training. Then, on Thursday and Friday, I’ll be at the main conference with many of you. If you’re there, please come say "hi." And, if you’re there, count yourself lucky; the show is, as predicted, completely sold out, with quite a few people on the waiting list. We expect to have more than 650 privacy professionals in attendance. No data breach or privacy fatigue there, I’m sure!
Have a great weekend, and see you next week!
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