British supermarket giant Tesco has closed down its parking app after The Register discovered tens of millions of automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) images were left unsecured in a Microsoft Azure blob.Read More
A massive data breach has exposed the personal information of millions of people and possibly the entire population of Ecuador. Allegedly, an unsecured server located in Miami is at the center of the breach, exposing the information of 20 million mostly Ecuadorian citizens.Read More
The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is questioning the UK government about its plans to gather data from the Gov.uk website.
The inquiry comes after a Buzzfeed report claiming leaked documents showed the prime minister had ordered the website to be used as a platform for "targeted and personalized information".Read More
Non-profit group Privacy International has investigated more than 100 mental health-focused websites in the U.K., France, and Germany, revealing that sensitive personal information concerning mental health is being routinely sold to advertisers across the internet.Read More
An open-letter has been sent to the U.S. Congress, on behalf of Business Roundtable, asking for the adoption of federal legislation on data privacy.
… There is now widespread agreement among companies across all sectors of the economy, policymakers and consumer groups about the need for a comprehensive federal consumer data privacy law….
Cyber attacks on American financial services companies cost the industry more than $6.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019 alone - an increase of $8 million compared to the same period last year.Read More
Once again, social media giant, Facebook, is under investigation, this time to determine whether it has "stifled competition and put users at risk" in the U.S.Read More
Last month we reported on the “deep concern” on the part of the UK’s Information Commissioner, concerning the growing use of facial recognition technology in public spaces. Earlier this week the High Court rejected a privacy challenge to the use of facial recognition technology in a landmark ruling.Read More
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to impose a fine of between $150 and $200 million on Google to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary violated a childrens' privacy law.Read More
A number of rights groups have challenged UK police over mobile phone monitoring. Police forces across the UK who are refusing to disclose their use of covert surveillance technologies to track mobile phones are being challenged.Read More
The Dutch privacy regulator (DPA) says that Microsoft is remotely collecting data from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro, a discovery made while testing privacy protection changes in Windows made last year.Read More
Following earth-shattering fines and substantial reputational damage, some of the world’s biggest tech corporations appear to be busy polishing up their act, in efforts to avoid further embarrassment.Read More
MoviePass, the movie theater ticket service, has exposed the details of tens of thousands of its customers' credit cards. The security failure was discovered by Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at a Dubai-based cybersecurity firm.Read More
Luxury car company Mercedes-Benz is using sensors to track and repossess vehicles. According to a spokeswoman for Mercedes, drivers agree to location tracking when they purchase the car. But privacy advocates have raised concerns about the practice citing it may expose the information to hackers or exploitation.Read More
The UK’s data privacy watchdog has opened an investigation into the use of facial recognition cameras in one of the busiest parts of central London. Information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, issues a statement…Read More
More than a million fingerprints and other sensitive data have been exposed online by a biometric security firm, researchers say. Researchers working with cyber-security firm VPNMentor say they accessed data from a security tool called Biostar 2.Read More
Under the GDPR, EU residents have a “right of access” to their personal information. If an individual demands all the information a company has on them, the company concerned must comply. But what happens when the individual is a fraudster, pretending to be someone they’re not?Read More
Facebook has admitted that it was "rocked to its very foundations" by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Sir Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister, and now Facebook's head of global affairs, said that the company "hadn't done enough" in the past. … "But I don't think it's fair to say that the company did nothing." He said:Read More
Twitter claims that it recently found issues with the way it adheres to user privacy settings and that it may have inadvertently shared users’ data with third parties without their consent.Read More
Europe's top court has ruled that any business that embeds the Facebook 'Like' button on their website allows users' personal data to be transferred to the U.S. social network and can therefore be held liable for collecting the data.Read More