iappANZ Legacy Project will support research, future of privacy

(Aug 22, 2019) Ending a well-established venture is never easy. Leaving an indelible mark can soften that blow, and that’s exactly what the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia/New Zealand has set itself up to do. While in the process of transitioning to become a part of the IAPP, iappANZ announced a $200,000 donation that will fund eight privacy research projects. The donation stems from surplus funds iappANZ accumulated from its 10 years of service to the privacy community in its reg... Read More

Privacy research in Australia, NZ get boost from iappANZ Legacy Project

(Aug 22, 2019) As the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia/New Zealand closes its 10-year run, it recently made a move that ensures its privacy advocacy will not be forgotten. iappANZ announced in July that the $200,000 in surplus funds from its transition to become part of the IAPP have been donated to support eight privacy research endeavors in Australia and New Zealand. IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball checked in with former iappANZ president Melanie Marks, CIPP/E, to discuss the donatio... Read More

Report shows spike in unlawful data use, access by Chinese apps

(Aug 22, 2019) Caixin Global reports a new half-year study in China has revealed that a large portion of mobile apps are illegally using and accessing personal information. National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China analyzed 1,000 Chinese apps, each requiring an average of 25 permissions, while 30% of apps demand access to call logs despite that data being unrelated to their operations. The apps also averaged 20 collected data items relating to individuals or their... Read More

AI neural networks' retention of data leads to privacy questions

(Aug 20, 2019) Artificial intelligence scientists have raised concerns about the information retained by neural networks, ZDNet reports. Google Brain Research Scientist Nicholas Carlini published a paper in which he and his colleagues discuss how neural networks may retain portions of a dataset used to train it to generate text. The paper poses malicious entities could infiltrate a network for sensitive data, such as credit card and Social Security numbers. "Ideally, even if the training data contained rare-bu... Read More

Google shutters mobile insights service over privacy concerns

(Aug 19, 2019) Google has shut down its Mobile Network Insights service over privacy concerns, Reuters reports. The service was used to show wireless carriers the strength of their signals around the world through the use of data collected via Android devices. Google only used data from users who opted into sharing location data and did not contain any identifying information; however, the tech company still decided to shutter the service over concerns of regulatory scrutiny, according to sources close to the ... Read More

Researchers' noise-exploitation attack may break through differential privacy methods

(Aug 19, 2019) Researchers from Imperial College London and Université Catholique de Louvain discovered a noise-exploitation attack to break through query-based databases that use aggregation and noise to mask personal data, TechCrunch reports. Imperial College London Assistant Professor and co-author of the research paper Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye said a party could exploit differential privacy should they send enough queries to eventually figure out “every single thing that exists in the database because ev... Read More

Data breaches hit record high in first half of 2019

(Aug 19, 2019) The number of exposed data records this year has 2019 on track “to be the worst year on record for data breach activity,” Threatpost reports. In a recent survey, 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report, conducted by Risk Based Security, 4.1 billion records have been exposed in data breaches so far this year, with 3,813 incidents publicly reported — up 54% from this time last year. Three breaches have made the top 10 list of largest breaches of all time and affected more than 100 million record... Read More

IAPP accepting Privacy Tech Vendor Report applications until Aug. 26

(Aug 15, 2019) The IAPP is accepting applications for the next version of the Privacy Tech Vendor Report until Aug. 26. The next edition of the biannual Tech Vendor Report is due out fall 2019. The latest version of the report included new vendors that have entered the marketplace and established organizations in the privacy space as laws such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act have become an operational reality and caught the attention of corporate leadership.... Read More

GDPR Genius

(Aug 15, 2019) This interactive tool provides IAPP members ready access to critical GDPR resources — enforcement precedent, interpretive guidance, expert analysis and more — all in one location. Read More

Big Tech’s Shift to Privacy

(Aug 13, 2019) An overview of the technology sector’s public expressions of privacy initiatives and values. Privacy is top-of-mind for technology companies and their consumers. Since Facebook’s data-sharing practices came under scrutiny following reporting on Cambridge Analytica, consumers and legislators have sharpened their interest in big tech’s use of data. In response, many companies continue to review, refine, and clarify their data practices for the benefit of consumers. Some of that clarification come... Read More