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Your source for the most important privacy and data protection news from the European Union.
CNIL looks at GDPR four months later
France’s data protection authority, the CNIL, looks at the effect of the EU General Data Protection Regulation four months after its implementation date. The CNIL states 24,500 organizations have appointed a data protection officer since May 25, up from 13,000 prior to the deadline. The DPA has rece...
6.42M users affected in SHEIN data breach
Online fashion retailer SHEIN revealed it was hit by a data breach in June that affected 6.42 million customers, ZDNet reports. The company posted on its website hackers performed "a sophisticated criminal cyberattack on its computer network" compromising users’ email addresses and encrypted passwor...
UN accidentally published sensitive information
A security researcher discovered the United Nations accidentally published sensitive information to several different outlets, The Intercept reports. Kushagra Pathak found the data on the project management service Trello, issue-tracking app Jira, and Google Docs. The information was available to an...
Google faces privacy concerns over Chrome update
The Verge reports Google is facing criticisms over a feature in the latest version of its Chrome browser. Whenever a user logs in to a Google service, such as Gmail or YouTube, using Chrome 69, they will be automatically logged in to the browser, as well. Critics of the change said the move will res...
Spotify now offers DNA-inspired playlists
Spotify announced a new partnership with Ancestry to give users the ability to create DNA-inspired playlists, Noisey reports. Users will be able to input their DNA results to create playlists based on the geography of one's ancestors. In an interview with Quartz, Ancestry Executive Vice President Vi...
Nissenbaum on why consent isn't the issue
In an interview with the Harvard Business Review, Cornell Tech Professor of Information Science Helen Nissenbaum spoke about the concept of consent, the definition of privacy, and why privacy presents a moral issue. “I respectfully but strongly disagree with my colleagues who believe that incrementa...