Google blames a bug in an API for its Google+ social networking service for exposing personal details of about 500,000 users' accounts, but says it doesn't believe the information was misused. The company was forced to acknowledge the March incident after it was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
India's Ministry of Electronics and IT has asked Facebook for an update on the number of Indian users impacted by its recent data breach, which affected 50 million users worldwide. But it's not yet clear what steps the government can take to make sure the social media platform is secure.
Privacy and security practitioners wonder if Aadhaar data collected by private firms can actually be deleted in the next six months as directed by the Supreme Court of India, which recently determined that it's unconstitutional for companies to collect or ask for Aadhaar data from consumers.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
While Facebook has invalidated 90 million users' single sign-on access tokens following a mega-breach, researchers warn that most access token hijacking victims still lack any reliable "single sign-off" capabilities that will revoke attackers' access to hyper-connected web services and mobile apps.
To comply with GDPR, Facebook has notified Ireland's data privacy watchdog about the massive breach it has suffered, resulting in 50 million accounts being exposed. But Irish authorities have signaled that Facebook has failed to share all of the information they would have expected to see.
In harmony with a wave of global privacy and security legislation, Canada has its own new breach notification requirements going into effect on Nov. 1. Attorney Ruth Promislow says these standards will force organizations to shift from a reactive to a proactive approach to incident response.
Privacy advocates are praising the India Supreme Court's ruling that private entities can no longer require the use of Aadhaar data for authentication, but they're pressing for swift passage of a new data protection law.
Breached businesses in Europe: Brace for more class action lawsuits seeking material and non-material damages filed by victims following mandatory data breach notifications under GDPR, says attorney Jonathan Armstrong. He predicts more breach-related suits will succeed in Europe than in the United States.
WhatsApp has agreed to appoint a grievance officer for India who will handle complaints about fake news. The nation's government had demanded the action in the wake of recent mob violence triggered by fake news spread on the social media platform. But will the appointment have a significant impact?
Twitter has fixed a bug that sometimes sent a user's direct messages not only to the specified recipient, but also to unrelated external developers. The social networking service is notifying more than 3 million affected users and has requested that unintended recipients delete the messages.
Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Criminals operating online continue to target cryptocurrencies, leverage phishing and other social engineering attacks, as well as tweak age-old scams - including Nigerian prince emails - for the modern age. So warns Europol in its latest Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.