Massive, well-resourced companies are still using live customer data - including their plaintext passwords - in testing environments, violating not just good development practices but also privacy laws. That's yet another security failure takeaway from last year's massive Equifax breach.
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.
Attorney Elizabeth Harding clears up confusion about certain provisions of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, including the issue of when organizations need to obtain a European consumer's consent to process their data.
Less than four months after GDPR enforcement began, Europe has arguably entered the modern data breach notification era. Reports of data breaches continue to increase, and breached organizations now face the specter of class-action lawsuits over material as well as non-material damages.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a new Government Accountability Office report on the causes of last year's massive Equifax breach. Also: An update on the role of tokenization in protecting payments.
A web browser startup, Brave, has filed complaints in Europe alleging Google and other behavioral advertising companies are violating Europe's GDPR. Brave's complaints could set up one of the biggest battles so far over how personal data gets used - or abused - for targeted advertising.
Should Europe's "right to be forgotten" apply worldwide? That's the focus of a case before the EU's highest court, which has pitted proponents - including Austria and France - against Google, Microsoft and the European Commission, who argue that the EU law provision should only apply in Europe.
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which has tough breach notification requirements, is spurring global interest in technologies to help prevent insider breaches, says Tony Pepper of Egress Software Technologies.
Three months after the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect, the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says that the number of data protection complaints it has received from individuals has nearly doubled.
Companies that want to continue doing business globally will need to take privacy much more seriously, especially in light of increasingly strict new laws, ranging from the California Consumer Privacy Act to the EU's GDPR, says privacy and security expert Michelle Robles.
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation has significantly raised privacy awareness worldwide in the brief time that it's been in force, says Rob Hinson of OneTrust. Organizations are revamping both internal and external privacy programs to meet the minimum global standard, he says.
Cloud-based CRM giant Salesforce.com is warning some of its Marketing Cloud users that any data they stored may have been accessed by third parties or inadvertently corrupted because of an API error that persisted for six weeks.
Facebook is making substantial investments to improve its data security and privacy practices. But the long-term cost of those investments and impact on the bottom line has spooked investors, leading to a $120 billion loss in market value on Thursday, the largest one-day loss of value for a U.S. traded company.