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July 17, 2019
FaceApp

If you’ve been on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and doubtless other social platforms over the past few days, you have probably seen pictures of friends and acquaintances in Rip van Winkle mode having aged many years, or perhaps you peeped someone appearing to be a different gender. 

That’s FaceApp, which uses a form of...

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July 17, 2019
Desjardins data breach

Canadian financial institution Desjardins reported a data breach that compromised the personal information of 2.7 million customers and 173,000 businesses.

The compromised data included names, addresses, birthdates, social insurance numbers, email addresses and transaction histories. The breach was reportedly the...

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July 15, 2019
COPPA

While there is significantly more to be done to protect our data, consumers have never been better apprised of the imperiled state of their privacy. That said, it’s still an acute problem. The air travel equivalent would be when the cabin depressurizes and oxygen masks drop. In the dramatic destabilization that has occurred to our collective...

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July 12, 2019
Google eavesdrop

Google employees and subcontractors are listening to recordings gleaned from Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app.

A report from Belgian news outlet VRT NWS showed that Google regularly uses staff and subcontractors to transcribe audio recordings taken from its network of home devices for the stated purpose...

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July 10, 2019
compromise by proxy

If you've heard of the medical bill collector American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA), it's probably not because you saw an ad on TV. Most likely you heard about its supernova-level mismanagement of cybersecurity, or you read that, as a consequence, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection,

The AMCA ...

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July 9, 2019
British Airways GDPR

The 2018 data breach of British Airways may prove to be a record-breaking data compromise with the announcement of a newly proposed $230 million fine.

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) proposed the fine under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) following the compromise of over...

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