Sri Lanka blocks use of social media sites

(Apr 23, 2019) Use of social-networking sites has been banned in Sri Lanka following recent suicide attacks that claimed at least 290 lives, The Washington Post reports. The blackout, which went into effect Sunday, has been a common practice by South Asian governments, according to the report, and is intended to cap misinformation across social media platforms. In a statement regarding the misinformation, Facebook said it is “working to support first responders and law enforcement as well as to identify and re... Read More

Global News Roundup — April 15–22, 2019

(Apr 22, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, learn about whether companies compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation will be ready for the California Consumer Privacy Act. The European Data Protection Board released a version of its Guidelines 2/2019 on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR for public consultation. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has introduced the Privacy Bill of Rights. A group of 24 tech companies voice its support of an ... Read More

Podcast: NZ commissioner calls for post-terrorism reforms

(Apr 19, 2019) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards discusses the privacy landscape in New Zealand and ongoing updates to the country's privacy law of 1993. The regulator is unique in that he does not have fining powers, but he says that's working just fine. He'll explain why. Edwards also discusses what he calls necessary reforms to the way social media platforms respond to modern-day terrorist attacks. Specifically, he is frustrated with Facebook's res... Read More

Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 19 April 2019

(Apr 18, 2019) Greetings, fellow privacy professionals. Hong Kong was privileged to have an all-star-filled ISACA Asia Pacific conference in early April, where the IAPP was present and able to spread the word on the ongoing importance of privacy. The convergence of cybersecurity and privacy was discussed, and fellow panelists and I discussed the impact and the areas of growing concern. One such area relates to the massive growth of internet-of-things devices, the cybersecurity, privacy issues and risks to al... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: NZ commissioner calls for post-terrorism reforms

(Apr 18, 2019) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards discusses the privacy landscape in New Zealand and ongoing updates to the country's privacy law of 1993. The regulator is unique in that he does not have fining powers, but he says that's working just fine. He'll explain why. Edwards also discusses what he calls necessary reforms to the way social media platforms respond to modern-day terrorist attacks. Specifically, he's frustrated with Facebook's resp... Read More

NPC encourages extra cybersecurity measures taken during holiday breaks

(Apr 18, 2019) The National Privacy Commission of the Philippines is warning residents to be extra vigilant against hackers and cyberattacks during Holy Week. Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro urged organizations to ensure data is safeguarded as the likelihood of increased disruption during long holiday breaks is possible. He added, “The use of strong passwords is essential in protecting personal information from malicious intentions. One precaution that PICs, PIPs, and DPOs should do during the long break i... Read More

Indian IT firm possessed Aadhaar data of 78M people

(Apr 18, 2019) Following a complaint from the Unique Identification Authority of India, the Cyberabad police filed a first information report against IT Grids for allegedly being in possession of Aadhaar information belonging to 78,221,397 individuals from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, The Times of India reports. The company was reportedly using the data to develop TDP’s Seva Mitra, and it's believed that the data was obtained illegally. "The investigation so far revealed that Seva Mitra app is suspected to be... Read More

Researcher discovers data breach impacting 100M users of JustDial

(Apr 18, 2019) Indian search service JustDial suffered a data breach, including data belonging to more than 100 million users, The Economic Times reports. The data included names, email IDs, mobile numbers, genders, dates of birth and publicly available addresses. Security Researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia discovered the link and found that 70% of those included in the breach were users who called JustDial’s customer care number. Rajaharia uncovered four application program interfaces that had been left unprotec... Read More

Survey found Singaporeans willing to share data in exchange for services

(Apr 18, 2019) A survey from consultancy firm Accenture found that 60% of Singaporean consumers would be willing to share significant personal information in exchange for more affordable and personalized banking products, Singapore Business reports. Specifically, the survey reported 87% of consumers would share details involving their income, location and lifestyle habit data for rapid loan approval. "Increasingly, consumers also want to share more of their personal data to make their lives easier and more int... Read More