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MEPs to continue investigation of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

MEPs will continue to assess the impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection at hearings on 25 June and 2 July with Facebook representatives.

The second and third hearings will focus on the consequences of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, and possible solutions. The first hearing took place on 4 June and aimed to better map the case.

The hearings follow up on the 22 May meeting between the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and EP President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and the Chair and Rapporteur of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

Source: Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs continue the personal data breaches probe | News | European Parliament

White House says its federal agencies can’t keep track of their own data

Most federal agencies have no way of effectively detecting when data is stolen, found a new, 22-page report published by the White House Office of Management and Budget last week. 73 percent of federal agency programs simply can’t detect when large amounts of information leave their networks.

The report says there were more than 30,000 cyber attacks on the federal government in 2016 that resulted in lost information and compromised systems, but in 38 percent of those attacks (nearly 12,000 of the incidents), the government had no idea where the attacks came from or how they got into the systems.

Source: White House says its federal agencies can’t keep track of their own data

Irish data chief finds Yahoo broke EU law in breach

Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) issued a statement that Yahoo broke EU law by failing to protect user information in Europe’s largest ever data breach that happened back in 2014. However, DPC issued no penalty against the company.

Source: Irish data chief finds Yahoo broke EU law in breach, issues no penalty – POLITICO

Irish DPA recived 1,300 GDPR queries

More than 1,300 “concerns or complaints” have been made to the Data Protection Commission since the General Data Protection (GDPR) became law last month, while firms have logged 60 breaches of people’s personal data with the watchdog.

Source: Data watchdog deals with 1,300 GDPR queries | Irish Examiner

Data Class Actions: The Era of Mass Data Litigation

Class actions are commonplace in the United States but relatively rare in Europe. The European Union wants to change that, by facilitating class actions for mass privacy and data breaches. With the development of big data, the scope and impact of potential data breaches or losses have indeed significantly increased.

Source: Data Class Actions: The Era of Mass Data Litigation

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.

Source: Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US – Motherboard

Small Firms Up to 20 Times More Likely to be Breached

Small Firms Up to 20 Times More Likely to be Breached. Terbium Labs findings come from analysis of breached dark web data.

“Smaller companies make easier targets because they don’t have the resources to effectively defend themselves. Most attacks are automated, so it makes little difference to an attacker if they steal 1,000 personal data records from 100 smaller companies, or if they steal 100,000 personal data records from one company,” explained Terbium Labs CEO, Danny Rogers.

Source: Small Firms Up to 20 Times More Likely to be Breached – Infosecurity Magazine

Deeper Dive: Drive Incident Response Preparedness & Response Improvement

One of the most important metrics in our report is the incident response (IR) timeline, which tracks the average time it takes companies to detect, contain, fully investigate, and provide notification of the incident to individuals.

The metric is valuable because it helps entities identify areas where they can improve before an incident occurs and gives them context to response time expectations during an incident.

Source: Deeper Dive: Using Response Time Metrics to Drive Incident Response Preparedness & Response Improvement

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

A little-known data firm was able to build 48 million personal profiles, combining data from sites and social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Zillow, among others — without the users’ knowledge or consent.

Localblox, a Bellevue, Wash.-based firm, says it “automatically crawls, discovers, extracts, indexes, maps and augments data in a variety of formats from the web and from exchange networks.” Since its founding in 2010, the company has focused its collection on publicly accessible data sources, like social networks Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and real estate site Zillow to name a few, to produce profiles.

Source: Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others | ZDNet

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