(Oct 8, 2015) Singapore- and UK-based researchers have submitted a proposal to study the potential threats to privacy and security in the cloud, Computer Weekly reports. “Big data provides immense benefits ranging from innovative business models to new ways of treating deadly diseases. However, challenges to privacy arise,” said City University London’s Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, while the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering’s Lu Rongxing noted, “If privacy is not well addressed, people may be reluc... Read More

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Breaches Affect National Health Index, Merchant

(Oct 8, 2015) A breach of New Zealand’s National Health Index exposed “confidential birth and death details” of 24,000 victims after an email was accidentally sent to the incorrect recipients, Computerworld reports. “Patients must be able to trust the information they give to doctors will only be accessible to staff involved in their treatment,” said Labour’s Annette King. King said the data is “particularly sensitive. Its release would be hugely distressing to relatives and loved ones,” adding, “any breach o... Read More

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ID Sparks Privacy Protests

(Oct 8, 2015) Japan’s introduction of My Number ID, an identifier that “will unite personal tax information, social security and disaster relief benefits,” has sparked such intense privacy concerns that more than 400 protesters assembled in Tokyo to contest the move, RT reports. “Chanting ‘Stop My Number now!’ and ‘No dangerous My Number card!’ protesters called for postponement of the 12-digit number,” the report states, noting the system is “expected to reach an estimated 55 million households” in an attempt to help “cut down on tax evasion and benefit fraud.” Sophia University’s Yasuhiko Tajima has called the My Number plan “unconstitutional,” the report states. Read More

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DPAs To Announce Cooperative Agreement

(Oct 8, 2015) During their “Fireside Chat” at Dentons’ offices in London, UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham and former interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada Chantal Bernier previewed details of a new cooperation agreement amongst global data protection authorities (DPAs) to be announced at the Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference later this month. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Sam Pfeifle writes that the Arrangement, as it’s being called, was first discussed at the DPAs’ conference in Mexico in 2011 and creates a common understanding of DPAs’ obligations as they work together “so that separate memorandums of understanding don’t have to be negotiated and signed each time DPAs coordinate on a case.” Read More

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No-Tracking Search Engine Gets $9M from Investors

(Oct 8, 2015) Swiss-born search engine Hulbee, which has received $9 million from investors, aims to become a “pro-privacy alternative to mainstream search engines,” Tech Crunch reports. Unlike other search engines, “it does not track users,” the report states. “It’s competing with other search players in the pro-privacy space,” promising untracked ads as well. According to Hulbee CEO Andreas Wiebe, “Ads on Hulbee are targeted based on the search query, so there’s no geotargeting or cumulative tracking,” the report states. “Hulbee doesn’t fall back on surveillance, so there’s no geotargeting,” Wiebe said. “For Hulbee, the user is completely invisible … We recognize that most consumers do not want to be tracked.” The system has been available in the U.S. since August. Read More

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Breach the Result of Chinese Hackers

(Oct 8, 2015) Government-connected Chinese hackers were behind Samsung mobile payment program LoopPay’s breach, The New York Times reports. “As early as March, the hackers—alternatively known as the Codoso Group or Sunshock Group by those who track them—had breached the computer network of LoopPay,” with the organization discovering the intrusion in August, the report continues. “Samsung Pay was not impacted and at no point was any personal payment information at risk,” said Samsung CPO Darlene Ce... Read More

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Lessons from Breaches: How To Protect Your Brand

(Oct 7, 2015) One of the major mistakes companies often make when preparing for a data breach is taking a one-size-fits-all approach. Unfortunately, the reality is that no data breach is the same, and there are a wide variety of unique circumstances that need to be accounted for in a data breach response plan. The best example? The Ashley Madison breach. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Michael Bruemmer, CIPP/US, shares strategies you can employ to protect your brand. Looking at several unconventional breaches, he writes, “From the motivations of the attackers to the potential impact on customers, there are several lessons that organizations and individuals can learn from these examples.” Read More

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Data Protection Is About Behavior, Not Just Devices

(Oct 7, 2015) The burgeoning trend of cybersecurity devices is problematic as the devices “are perpetuating the misguided and possibly dangerous idea that security can be simply packaged into a neat little box and shipped out en masse … when, in reality, security is about behavior rather than any single shiny product,” Motherboard reports. “The ‘security in a box’ mentality is a foolish idea,” the report states, noting, “Instead, security is understanding the threats against whatever it is you're trying to protect … appreciating that no strategy is perfect and that hackers will find a way to get into your system. Security is being able to adapt when new problems arise.” Read More

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Study: Cost of Breaches Is on the Rise

(Oct 7, 2015) The Ponemon Institute’s 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study, which examines 252 organizations in five different countries, discovered that while the average cost of data breaches increased 1.9 percent in the past year, boards are showing less get-up-and-go regarding data security, IT World Canada reports. Larry Ponemon said the numbers are “moving in the wrong direction,” with breach response time also up 30 percent. And boards don’t seem to care unless stock prices are affected, said Curtis Levinson... Read More

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Since Rules Vary, Knowledge Is Power

(Oct 7, 2015) While global businesses depend on data, data collection and retention rules differ significantly from country to country—and are often in flux—so it’s imperative for “smart organizations” to “make an effort to understand and honor the nuances,” Lisa Morgan writes for InformationWeek. “Privacy protections are becoming stricter in certain jurisdictions,” Morgan writes, adding, “Missteps can result in substantial fines, lawsuits and even jail time, which is why it's important to be vigilant and have the appropriate legal expertise to navigate the ever-changing landscape.” Morgan goes on to look at the complex landscape of rules and regulations in counties including China and the U.S. as well as in the EU. Read More

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