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New EU fines will apply to ‘old’ data breaches

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require that companies that process personal data inform the relevant data protection authority in case of a data breach.

A European Commission official confirmed that data breaches that happened before 25 May, when GDPR comes into force, but are kept silent until after that, will also be liable for such a fine.

Source: New EU fines will apply to ‘old’ data breaches

Take Action to Close the Largest Cause of Data Security Incidents – Your Employees

If you work at a typical company, employee actions and inadvertent present the greatest threat to the security of your data.

Therefore, providing proper training and technical safeguards is one of the most important means to enhance your company’s security profile.

Source: Deeper Dive: Take Action to Close the Largest Cause of Data Security Incidents – Your Employees

McAfee: 26% of companies have suffered cloud data theft

Enterprises are moving their data to the cloud, but not everybody is certain that the cloud is as secure as it could be, according to the third annual report on cloud security from cybersecurity firm McAfee. This is due in part to the fact that one in four companies has been hit with cloud data theft.

McAfee released its third annual report ahead of the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week. The survey polled 1,400 global information technology professionals in the fourth quarter.

Source: McAfee: 26% of companies have suffered cloud data theft | VentureBeat

Healthcare Industry Worst in Stopping Insider Data Breaches

The healthcare industry is the worst when it comes to stopping insider data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report released April 10.

The report found that the healthcare industry was the only sector that had more internal actors (56 percent) behind data breaches than external actors (43 percent).

Source: Healthcare Industry Worst in Stopping Insider Data Breaches

Grindr hit with privacy complaint in Europe over sharing user data

The Norwegian Consumer Council has filed a privacy complaint about Grindr, arguing it’s in breach of national and European data protection laws after it emerged the dating app has been sharing personal information about its users with third parties.

As we reported earlier, Norwegian research outfit SINTEF analyzed the app’s traffic and found that — if set — a user’s HIV status is included in packets sent to two app optimization firms, Apptimize and Localytics. This data was sent via an encrypted transmission. But users were not informed their HIV status was being shared.

Source: Grindr hit with privacy complaint in Europe over sharing user data | TechCrunch

Facebook Says Data on Most of Its 2 Billion Users Is Vulnerable

Facebook Inc. said data on most of its 2 billion users could have been accessed improperly, giving fresh evidence of the ways the social-media giant failed to protect people’s privacy while generating billions of dollars in revenue from the information.

The company said it removed a feature that let users enter phone numbers or email addresses into Facebook’s search tool to find other people. That was being used by malicious actors to scrape public profile information, it said.

Source: Facebook Says Data on Most of Its 2 Billion Users Is Vulnerable – Bloomberg

Data Security And Data Breaches: What’s A Lawyer To Do?

How can lawyers help their clients protect their data, and how can lawyers help in the event of a breach?

Data security is more important than ever, as reflected in how it’s a legal requirement across industries. But it’s a very challenging issue for lawyers.

Source: Data Security And Data Breaches: What’s A Lawyer To Do? | Above the Law

Benchmarking data reveals importance of paper incidents across industries

In a world where ransomware and hacking attacks have become increasingly commonplace, it can be easy to assume that your electronic data is most at risk of unauthorized access and disclosure resulting in a data breach. In reality, paper incidents are far more common and more likely to result in a data breach.

Source: Looking good on paper: benchmarking data reveals importance of paper incidents across industries

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has agreed to testify in Washington over how his social network handled people’s data, according to people familiar with the decision.

Specifically, he plans to appear next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the arrangements were not public. Mr. Zuckerberg may make other appearances; he has also been asked to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy – The New York Times

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