We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril

Data could be used to draw conclusions about who you are, what you believe, what you have done – and what you might do in the future. The lack of safeguards combined with the centralisation of a massive amount of information raises the potential for abuse and ever-expanding mission creep.

Read article: We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril | Cynthia Wong | Opinion | The Guardian

Google escapes Irish data privacy investigation over tracking scandal

Ireland’s data protection commissioner is not currently investigating Google’s data-tracking controversy as the tech giant has not yet officially incorporated its data protection reside. While Google indicated that Ireland was to be its ‘one stop shop’ data protection jurisdiction in the wake of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, it has not yet finalised this registration process with the Irish DPC’s office.

Source: Google escapes Irish data privacy investigation over tracking scandal – Independent.ie

California Privacy Protection Act will impact Ad Tech

On June 28, the California Legislature hastily passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The law, which takes effect in less than 1 ½ years, Jan. 1, 2020, ushers in a GDPR-light approach here in the United States. No more buffer. No more distant regulators unable or unwilling to reach US companies on their home turf. If they haven’t already done so, the time for ad tech companies to change the way they store and process data is fast approaching.

Read article: Should Ad Tech Panic Over The California Privacy Protection Act Now Or Later? | AdExchanger

Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug

Researchers found they could turn the smart speakers into surveillance devices—if they could get their own attack tool on the same Wi-Fi. However, Echo owners shouldn’t panic: the hackers already alerted Amazon to their findings, and the company pushed out security fixes in July.

Source: Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug | WIRED

2.6bn records have been exposed in data breaches so far this year

While the volume of data breaches has actually decreased from last year, exposed records remain stubbornly high. The report shows that 2,308 publicly announced data breaches occurred, with 2.6bn records exposed along the way.

Source: 2.6bn records have been exposed in data breaches so far this year

Google Chrome flaw puts privacy at risk

A security vulnerability in Google Chrome and all browsers that run the Blink browser engine could enable malicious actors to uncover private data in Facebook and other platforms. A potential attacker could use side channel methodology to abuse filtering functions in websites to deduce information such as age, gender, likes and location history of a Facebook user, for example, by using audio and video HTML tags to generate requests to the target site and then monitoring the progress events generated by these requests.

Source: Google Chrome flaw puts privacy at risk

Australian Law Draft Requires Companies to share Encryption Data

The Australian government has proposed a new law that would force tech companies that have encrypted data relevant to an investigation to hand over the information they have stored when requested by law enforcement. Companies that don’t comply could face fines up to $7.3 million and people involved in not complying could face jail time.

Source: Proposed Australian Law Threatens Apple and Facebook’s Privacy Policies | Fortune

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