More than two years after Europe's tough new General Data Protection Regulation came into full effect, EU privacy watchdogs are finding more consensus, and consumers have been benefiting, experts say. But how regulators apply sanctions, in particular, remains a work in progress.
France's privacy regulator has hit retail giant Carrefour with a $3.7 million fine for violating privacy laws, including GDPR. It's accused of failing to make privacy policies easy to understand, placing advertising cookies without consent and retaining customer data for unreasonable periods of time.
Microsoft is revamping its controversial "productivity score" in Microsoft 365 so that individual workers can no longer be tracked. The move follows warnings by privacy advocates that the feature was a step too far into the realm of workplace surveillance.
Warning to workers: Your productivity tools may also be tracking your workplace productivity, and your bosses may not even know it. But as more workplace surveillance capabilities appear, legal experts warn that organizations must ensure their tools do not violate employees' privacy rights.
European lawmakers are once again considering encryption policies and attempting to strike a balance between the privacy and security afforded by strong encryption and law enforcement's needs. But with encryption being a cornerstone of the internet, is there any new balance to be struck?
Ticketmaster UK has been fined $1.7 million by Britain's privacy watchdog for its "serious failure" to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. Its failure to properly secure chatbot software led to attackers stealing at least 9.4 million payment card details.
A German appeals court has slashed by 90% the $11 million General Data Protection Regulation fine levied last year against 1&1 Telecom by the nation's federal privacy watchdog over call center data protection shortcomings. Experts say the case is a reminder that all GDPR fines can be appealed.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how President-elect Joe Biden is expected to renew international relationships needed in the fight against cyberattacks. Also featured: the pandemic's impact on cybercrime; analysis of Europol's annual cybercrime report.
Inadequate database and privileged account monitoring, incomplete multifactor authentication and insufficient use of encryption: Britain's privacy regulator has cited a raft of failures that contributed to the four-year breach of the Starwood guest reservation system discovered by Marriott in 2018.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the EU General Data Protection Regulation fines that have finally been imposed on Marriott and BA over serious data breaches each suffered. Also featured: Regional digital fraud trends, and a look at the CISO role and its responsibilities.
Large, recently levied privacy fines against the likes of British Airways, H&M and Marriott show regulators continuing to bring the EU's General Data Protection Regulation to bear after businesses get breached. But in the case of Marriott and BA, were the final fines steep enough?
Hotel giant Marriott has been hit with the second largest privacy fine in British history, after it failed to contain a massive, long-running data breach. But the final fine of $23.8 million was just 20% of the penalty initially proposed by the U.K.'s privacy watchdog, owing in part to COVID-19's ongoing impact.
Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation into whether Facebook's Instagram service improperly displayed the email addresses and phone numbers of minors on its platform. Facebook, Instagram's owner, could face a GDPR fine if it's found to have violated privacy requirements.
Britain's Information Commissioner's Office announced this week a dramatic reduction in its fine against British Airways for violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. The company will pay a $26 million fine instead of $238 million in a case tied to a 2018 breach.
Ransomware attacks remain the top cyber-enabled threat seen by law enforcement. But phishing, business email compromises and other types of fraud - many now using a COVID-19 theme - also loom large, Europol warns in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.