Report: Data breach disclosures increased 40 percent in 2016

(Jan 20, 2017) A report from the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout reveals the number of data breach disclosures increased 40 percent in 2016, Dark Reading reports. The number of data breach disclosures reached 1,093 last year, up from the 780 reported in 2015. Nearly 36.7 million records were exposed in the breaches. Of the reported breaches, the business sector suffered the most with 495, followed by the health care industry with 377 incidents. ITRC President and CEO Eva Velasquez said the number... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Meg Leta Jones

(Jan 20, 2017) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Meg Leta Jones discusses her new book, "Cntrl + Z: The Right To Be Forgotten," and why she wrote it. She'll also talk about whether the U.S. should follow the EU’s lead in implementing the right to be forgotten, and whether that’s even possible, as well as her latest research on automation, which includes, among other questions, whether we should replace umpires with robots in baseball. Sure it would take away some human error, but would it also ta... Read More

Study: Internet-of-things tools with augmented reality worry Australians

(Jan 19, 2017) ISACA research has found that 70 percent of Australians are concerned that internet-of-things devices with augmented reality pose a threat to their privacy, increasing a chance of a breach, iTWire reports. “With the proliferation of IoT-enabled devices and the drive to provide enhanced user experiences, IoT and AR have the power to become a source of unprecedented value and opportunity, as well as significant risk,” said ISACA's Rob Clyde. “Individuals and enterprises should focus on rapidly get... Read More

Report: Companies should shoulder most of the data protection efforts

(Jan 18, 2017) A report from Gemalto finds a majority of consumers believe organizations holding their data are responsible for protecting their information, ZDNet report. Surveying 9,000 people from around the world, respondents said 70 percent of the data protection efforts should fall on the companies, with the remaining 30 percent going toward consumers. "Consumers have clearly made the decision that they are prepared to take risks when it comes to their security, but should anything go wrong they put the ... Read More

Researchers: China knows what citizens are doing at 'micro level'

(Jan 13, 2017) Researchers from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs contend there is a network inside China's "Great Firewall" designed to collect information on hundreds of millions of individuals everyday in addition to private and state-owned organizations designed to exploit such data, CBC reports. The lab has used popular messaging apps like WeChat, which serves more than 800 million people in China. Citizen Lab's Ronald Deibert said Chinese authorities "have a wea... Read More

The State of Data Sharing for Healthcare Analytics 2015 - 2016: Change, Challenges and Choice

(Jan 12, 2017) This report summarizes the key findings from a survey launched by Privacy Analytics, in collaboration with the Electronic Health Information Laboratory. The survey assessed the state of data sharing in healthcare and the challenges in disclosing data for secondary use. Secondary use of health data applies to protected health information that is used for reasons other than direct patient care, such as data analysis, research, safety measurement, public health, payment, provider certification or m... Read More

The future of artificial intelligence becoming top of mind

(Jan 12, 2017) TechCrunch reports on a new $27 million fund designed to promote research into artificial intelligence in the public interest. The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund aims to support a "cross-section of AI ethics and governance projects and activities" in the U.S. and around the world. Meanwhile a supplementary paper from the World Economic Forum — which just released its Global Risks Report 2017 — raises concerns about weaponized AI, cyberattacks through internet-of-things dev... Read More

FPF's 7th Annual Privacy Papers just around the corner

(Jan 10, 2017) The Future of Privacy Forum will host its 7th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers on Jan. 11 in Washington, the organization reports. Co-hosted by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, the event features "thought leadership, including academic guest speakers and the authors of this year's PPPM scholarship, who will engage with policymakers in a discussion of academic ideas with practical real-world impact," the report states. Additionally, it ... Read More

Report: Children do not comprehend privacy policies, terms of service

(Jan 9, 2017) A report from the U.K. Children’s Commissioner revealed young internet users do not understand the privacy policies and terms of service of the social networks they join, Quartz reports. Schillings law firm partner Jenny Afia rewrote the terms of service for Instagram in child-friendly language for the report. “One-third of internet users are children, but the internet wasn’t created for children,” Afia said. The report found the only people who could properly comprehend Instagram’s terms of ser... Read More

FTC study examines depths of cross-device tracking

(Jan 9, 2017) A study released by the Federal Trade Commission uncovered the depths of cross-device tracking, Advertising Age reports. The study examined 100 websites through several tests on two different devices, finding 861 third-party domains collected data from both devices. The report found companies specializing in probabilistic cross-device linking, which uses signals to try and tie two devices to the same user, collected data from 34 percent of the sites observed. The study also found 106 third-party... Read More