Pentagon hit by data breach potentially affecting 30K employees

(Oct 15, 2018) The Pentagon announced it has been hit by a data breach potentially impacting 30,000 employees, The Associated Press reports. A cyberattack on an unidentified vendor resulted in compromised personal data and credit card information of U.S. military and civilian personnel. Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino said the department is investigating the breach to determine who was behind the attack and whether more individuals will be affected. “The department is continuing to assess the risk o... Read More

British Columbia privacy commissioner, RCMP launching investigation into NCIX data breach

(Sep 28, 2018) The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are launching an investigation into a potential data breach involving computer retailer NCIX, CBC News reports. Systems Analyst Travis Doering was set to purchase computers formerly belonging to the bankrupt company when he was offered data from offline backup servers on millions of transactions. The data included customers’ addresses, phone numbers and credit card information, as wel... Read More

The perils of employee-collaboration tools and how to avoid them

(Sep 25, 2018) The workforce of today in America looks very different from the one that existed even 20 years ago. Perhaps not gone, but certainly altered, is the image of the harried office worker stuck in traffic, delayed by weather or family concerns, and otherwise desperate to be present in their office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Today, the rise of flexible work schedules, job shares and teleworking, has created much desired flexibility for many workers. In released statistics from a few years ago, more tha... Read More

Privacy breach among reasons for professor's firing

(Sep 14, 2018) CBC News reports a breach of privacy was among the reasons why Acadia University fired a controversial professor. Rick Mehta had been accused of harassing and intimidating students and colleagues. One of the complaints against Mehta states the former professor posted a recording to a publicly available Dropbox account for one of his classes where a student discussed the instance in which she was raped. "This action further demonstrates your disregard for the privacy rights of students and sugges... Read More

New lawsuit highlights BYOD gray areas for employers

(Sep 12, 2018) The former managing director of Brevet Capital Management is suing his former employer for allegedly accessing his computer to read emails and steal data held on two personal hard drives he owned, The Wall Street Journal reports. Paul Iacovacci claims Brevet installed software allowing the firm to copy and transfer data out of the hard drives following the ex-director filing a lawsuit for wrongful termination. The ruling in the case could inform future lawsuits as bring-your-own-device policies ... Read More

University of Manitoba seeks changes to privacy laws on disclosing employee behavior

(Aug 31, 2018) Following a pair of instances of professors committing acts of sexual misconduct, University of Manitoba administrations are pushing the province to re-examine privacy laws preventing them from sharing details about the incidents, CBC News reports. Jazz Professor Steve Kirby retired from the school following the allegations against him and was eventually hired at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Kirby was then fired from the school after those who made the complaints about him informed Berkle... Read More

Staffing agency leaks employee details

(Aug 30, 2018) Staffing firm OneHalf exposed hundreds of employee records in a public GitHub according to security software vendor UpGuard, iTnews reports. A member of UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team discovered the breach Aug. 9, and while it was reported multiple times, the database was made secure Aug. 22 without comment from OneHalf. The employee found the database had been created and left unsecured since early 2018, alleging that basic security practices went ignored. Compromised information included employee e... Read More

FTC hosting hearings on consumer protection in the 21st century

(Aug 27, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will be hosting its first hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century with a pair of full-day sessions at Georgetown University Law Center Sept. 13 and 14. The first hearings will cover topics such as the regulation of consumer data, the current competitive landscape and the state of consumer protection law and policy, the state of the U.S. economy, and an analysis of vertical mergers. The FTC will also be accepting comments on the issues... Read More

Calif. Supreme Court rules company must obtain consent for background checks

(Aug 21, 2018) The California Supreme Court ruled bus transportation company First Student Inc. violated the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act by failing to notify employees it was conducting background checks, Bloomberg BNA reports. The justices upheld a lower court’s ruling, as First Student also did not obtain consent before performing background checks on 54,000 Laidlaw International Inc. bus drivers. The court still found First Student at fault, even though it complied with the less-stringent ... Read More

Use of facial recognition in retail stores on the rise

(Aug 20, 2018) BuzzFeed News reports on the rise of facial-recognition systems in retail stores. FaceFirst CEO Peter Trepp said "hundreds of [retail] locations, growing to thousands very soon" have been equipped with his company's systems. "If you think about the top 40 or top 80 companies you know, almost all of them are thinking about facial recognition or they’ve all at least looked into it," he added. The trend, however, is raising privacy concerns. "We don't want to live in a world where government bureau... Read More