US House minority leader McCarthy: More reliance on tech than government for data privacy

(Jul 16, 2019) In an op-ed for The New York Times’ Privacy Project, U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., writes that U.S. citizens seeking more data privacy and security should focus more on technologies than government regulation. McCarthy discusses the calls for "brute government intervention" to solve privacy issues, but adds, "I don’t think we should feel confident that the bureaucratic leviathan has what it takes to develop or enforce nimble responses to rapid change in the technology... Read More

Researcher reveals issues with companies enforcing GDPR

(Jul 15, 2019) According to Axios' cybersecurity newsletter Codebook, an Oxford University Ph.D. student has reported ways to work around the EU General Data Protection Regulation and violate others' privacy. James Pavur said he used a fake email account to try to obtain his fiancee's personal data from various companies. Of the 150 firms Pavur contacted, 83 reported that they had the data, and nearly 25% of those organizations gave Pavur access to the information. Mid-sized companies that are subject to the G... Read More

Privacy concerns arise over British Columbia community's security camera program

(Jul 12, 2019) A city security camera program on Vancouver Island has caught the attention of privacy advocates, Global News reports. The city of Parksville is offering residents and businesses a $100 rebate to install cameras on their property. The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association said both public education and consultation are needed considering the program makes it easy for widespread, unregulated camera use. “It opens it up to make it easy for everyone to just put cameras in their backya... Read More

Amazon seeks clarity on data retention demands in Australia's data encryption laws

(Jul 11, 2019) ZDNet reports Amazon has inquired the Australian government about clarifications on data retention provisions within the Telecommunications and Other Legislation (Assistance and Access) Act 2018. The tech giant is trying to better define who is required to retain data according to the law, noting that current verbiage does not explicitly state that only carriers or carriage providers are subject to such obligations. "This anomaly needs to be corrected," Amazon wrote in testimony for the Parliame... Read More

Singapore food service provider fined $20K over data breach

(Jul 11, 2019) The Straits Times reports Spize Concepts, a food and beverage outlet operator, has been fined $20,000 by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission for the disclosure of 148 customers’ personal data. Names, contact numbers, and email and residential addresses on its online ordering portal were exposed in the breach, which was caused by a user making personal information publicly accessible by hacking the managing director's administrator account. In the PDPC review, it was noted that Spize ... Read More

OneTrust receives $200M in Series A funding, now valued at $1.3B

(Jul 11, 2019) The privacy technology market has been on a steady growth curve in recent years, and nothing demonstrates that more than the increased venture capital supplying this nascent industry. On Thursday, privacy management software company OneTrust announced the biggest such investment yet, with $200 million in Series A funding from Insight Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm known for investing in the tech and software industries. According to OneTrust, the company is now valued... Read More

Op-ed: SDKs could help with adtech's consent dilemma

(Jul 11, 2019) In an op-ed for AdExchanger, Verve Chief Technology Officer Brian Crook writes how software development kits could help publishers and advertisers, particularly as the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office cracks down on the advertising technology industry’s data practices. Crook writes SDKs should serve as a governance layer, as it may help publishers and advertisers obtain consent for real-time bidding. “SDKs give stakeholders a better look at data and a better opportunity to market to the co... Read More

Cheetah Digital acquires Wayin, seeks to promote zero-party data marketing

(Jul 11, 2019) Marketing software company Cheetah Digital has acquired Wayin, a company focused on zero-party data collection and activation, according to a Yahoo Finance news release. The deal helps Cheetah Digital increase its ability to help marketers collect zero- and first-party data while implementing more personalized, real-time customer engagement across channels. Cheetah Digital CEO Sameer Kazi said combining his company's work with that of Wayin will make it so "marketers are able to put that data to... Read More

OneTrust valued at $1.3B after $200M in Series A funding

(Jul 11, 2019) The privacy technology market has been on a steady growth curve in recent years, and nothing demonstrates that more than the increased venture capital supplying this nascent industry.  On Thursday, privacy management software company OneTrust announced the biggest such investment yet, with $200 million in Series A funding from Insight Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm known for investing in the tech and software industries. According to OneTrust, the company is now valu... Read More

Insurance providers deny cyber claims through war exemptions

(Jul 10, 2019) Insurance coverage disputes typically aren’t front-page news events, but two recent case filings have made headlines in legal, insurance and even mainstream news outlets. The cases attracting all the attention involve claims by corporate giants Mondelez International and Merck for losses each company sustained as a result of being infected with NotPetya, an encrypting ransomware. The pair of companies filed complaints against their insurance companies after the providers refused to cover the dam... Read More