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Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit

Former members of Team Espionage recently expressed their concern that the Shadow Brokers’ dump of NSA Windows exploits had done serious damage to the security of the nation. The unwanted exposure of NSA power tools supposedly harmed intelligence gathering efforts, even though the tools targeted outdated operating systems and network software.

Source: Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit

IEEE Standards Association Announces Initiative Designed to Protect Digital Identity for the Global Community

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the launch of a new IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) program: Digital Inclusion through Trust and Agency. The program will convene technology innovators, industry movers, policy and legal experts, and leading academic researchers to build consensus on creating standards that encompass ethical considerations around consumer and patient data.

Source: IEEE Standards Association Announces Initiative Designed to Protect Digital Identity for the Global Community

N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

The National Security Agency (NSA) announced that it has halted its warrantless surveillance program. This program was one of the most disputed forms of surveillance which dates back to the post-9/11 expansion of national security powers by Bush administration.

Source: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Data privacy doesn’t seem to be a concern for mobile users willing to swap it for convenience

People are full of contradictions, going through life saying one thing and then doing another. For example, people think they care a lot about data privacy, but they are often willing to use their data as currency.

Source: Data privacy doesn’t seem to be a concern for mobile users willing to swap it for convenience

AI Is the Future of Cybersecurity, for Better and for Worse

In the near future, as artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more capable, we will begin to see more automated and increasingly sophisticated social engineering attacks. The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses. Ironically, our best hope to defend against AI-enabled hacking is by using AI. But this is very likely to lead to an AI arms race, the consequences of which may be very troubling in the long term, especially as big government actors join the cyber wars.

Source: AI Is the Future of Cybersecurity, for Better and for Worse

EDPS addresses DPOs in Italy

European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, gave a speech at the ASSO DPO conference in Milan. In his speech he addressed necessity for everyone to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Data Protection Officers (DPOs), national legislators and Data Protection Authorities, – and promised more guidance from EU Article 29 Working Party by the end of the year.

Source: EDPS addresses DPOs in Italy

Pokemon Go Defeats Lawsuit Over Privacy Policy

A judge has dismissed a consumer’s complaint alleging that the developer of Pokemon Go violated Florida’s consumer protection law. Complaint stated that Pokemon Go collected too many data of users thus engaging in deceptive and unfair trade practices prohibited by consumer protection law.

Source: Pokemon Go Defeats Lawsuit Over Privacy Policy

Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Apps are using ad-tracking ultrasonic tones – audio signals that your phone can hear, but you can’t – build up a profile about you: what you’ve seen, where, and in some cases even the websites you’ve visited. While this technology is still in its early stages of development, it’s becoming popular.

Source: Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Encryption May Lower Fines Under New EU Privacy Regime

New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes with high fines – up to 20 million Euros or 4% of company’s global annual revenue – whatever is higher. Though, companies can lower the risk of massive fines by encrypting personal data. Also, companies that encrypt personal data will also be exempt from the GDPR’s new mandatory data breach notification provisions.

Source: Encryption May Lower Fines Under New EU Privacy Regime

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