Germany's competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has prohibited Facebook from combining user data from different sources unless users consent, and it has also prohibited Facebook from blocking users who do not provide this consent. Facebook has one month to appeal the antitrust decision.
Since the EU's GDPR went into full effect, European data protection authorities have received over 59,000 data breach reports, with the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. receiving the greatest number of notifications, according to the law firm DLA Piper.
A $3.1 million proposed settlement has been reached in a data breach class action lawsuit against Community Health Systems stemming from a 2014 cyberattack that affected 4.5 million individuals. Why are settlements in data breach cases still relatively rare?
In 2018, the Identity Theft Resource Center counted 1,244 U.S. data breaches - involving the likes of Facebook, Marriott and Exactis - that exposed 447 million sensitive records, such as Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses and payment card data.
Apple says it has engineered a server-side fix for a flaw in its FaceTime messaging app and plans to issue a patch for clients this week. The patches will resolve a situation jokingly dubbed "FacePalm" that revealed a bug-reporting gap.
As the U.K. teeters on the edge of a "no deal" Brexit, the country's information commissioner has warned businesses to prepare, saying that any organization that handles Europeans' personal data must ensure they have a legal transfer arrangement in place for continuing to do so.
Apple's conflict with Facebook this week resulted in the most effective and quickest punishment the social network has ever received over a privacy issue. But should a multi-billion dollar tech company like Apple be picking up the slack for the digital privacy enforcement failures of governments?
Apple has revoked Facebook's enterprise certificate, leaving the social network's employees unable to access internal iOS apps, after Facebook used it to distribute an app that monitored smartphone activity, sometimes from minors, in exchange for monthly payments. Facebook says it did nothing wrong.
Despite early indications that India would not use technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its program to build a 5G network, because of security concerns, many security experts now predict the government likely will reverse itself and allow the use of that technology to help hold down costs.
Information about more than 14,000 HIV patients included in a Singapore health registry was exposed online in what appears to be an inside job. The incident illustrates the importance of safeguarding sensitive health data, such as by implementing behavioral analytics.
Apple is preparing a fix for a serious flaw in its FaceTime software for making audio and video calls. The software can be abused to remotely eavesdrop on and view a recipient, without their knowledge, even if they don't answer the call.
Roger Stone Jr., a longtime political adviser to President Donald Trump, has been arrested as part of Robert Mueller's Russian interference probe. Stone has been accused of lying to Congress about his communications with WikiLeaks over stolen Democratic Party documents and emails it published.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of why Google was one of the first companies to be hit with a major GDPR fine, plus a global update on GDPR compliance trends and an in-depth report on shifts in malware.