The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is close to concluding its investigation into Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Washington Post reports, noting that the social network may face a record-setting fine, exceeding the $22.5 million fine the FTC in 2012 slammed on Google.
Airline booking system provider Amadeus - whose system is used by 500 airlines - is investigating a software vulnerability that exposed passenger name records, which is the bundle of personal and travel data that gets collected when booking a flight.
Europe's "right to be forgotten" should not apply worldwide, but only inside the EU, according to a nonbinding opinion issued to the European Court of Justice by one of its advocate generals regarding a case that arose from a dispute between France's data privacy watchdog and Google.
On Wednesday, just days after a new "cybersecurity" law took effect, Vietnam alleged that Facebook has violated the law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform. The so-called cybersecurity law actually speaks little about IT security measures.
Police in Germany say a 20-year-old student has confessed to stealing and leaking personal details from 1,000 German politicians, celebrities and journalists, allegedly after bragging about the crime. More advanced attackers rarely make so much noise.
One of the many concerns with the draft data protection bill is the lack of power granted to the data protection authority, says Prasanth Sugathan, legal director at Software Freedom Law Center, a non-profit organisation based in New Delhi that promotes innovation and open access to knowledge.
Don't rush to blame the printing outage at newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing on anything more than an organization failing to block a malware outbreak. And even if it does prove to be a Ryuk ransomware attack, there's no proof yet that any particular nation-state is behind the campaign, experts warn.
Digital steganography is the practice of hiding information in plain sight, especially inside other data or images. And a new toolset, which debuted earlier this month at the Black Hat Europe conference, suggests steganography is going to get much more difficult to spot.
Efforts to protect privacy must be carefully balanced against the need to practically implement advanced technologies, argues Jared Ragland, senior director for policy in APAC at BSA/The Software Alliance, an advocacy group for software companies.
Facebook violated consumer protection law by failing to protect personal data that consumers thought they'd locked down, the District of Columbia alleges in a new lawsuit. Plus, Facebook is disputing a New York Times report that it ignored privacy settings and shared data with large companies without consent.
The number of data breach reports filed since the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect has hit nearly 3,500 in Ireland, over 4,600 in Germany, 6,000 in France and 8,000 in the U.K. Regulators say more Europeans are also filing more complaints about organizations' data protection and privacy practices.
A large health insurer in Western Australia shared the home addresses of some psychologists to a web-based appointment booking service, according to a news report. The health insurer belated realized after a complaint from one practitioner that some psychologists work from home.
As India's Parliament prepares to finalize a privacy and data protection law in the weeks ahead, there's still no consensus among security practitioners about what approach the legislation should take. But the government should ensure all companies comply with clearly defined standards - or face punishment.