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Deeper Dive: GDPR a Game-Changer for Data Breach Notification

When the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018, it dramatically changed the way multinationals manage the reporting of personal data breaches.

It also substantially raised the stakes: Entities found to have violated the GDPR’s data security and breach reporting obligations could face much steeper regulatory fines than those available under U.S. laws.

Full article: Deeper Dive: GDPR a Game-Changer for Data Breach Notification

Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents

A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers.

The hackers breached three sites associated with the FBI National Academy Association, a coalition of different chapters across the U.S. promoting federal and law enforcement leadership and training located at the FBI training academy in Quantico, VA.

The hackers then put up for download on their own website the data containing about 4,000 unique records, including member names, a mix of personal and government email addresses, job titles, phone numbers and their postal addresses.

Source: Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents | TechCrunch

‘Privacy Is Becoming a Luxury’: What Data Leaks Are Like for the Poor

The last few years have featured some of the largest and most potentially damaging data leaks in history, like the Equifax credit breach. But low-income Americans often find themselves trading personal information for access to benefits ranging from food to housing to childcare.

“For low-income people, the stakes [of a data breach] are higher,” said Michele E. Gilman, director of the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore, and a former Department of Justice civil rights attorney. She cited examples of former clients whose utilities were shut off after someone opened a false account in their name and failed to pay, or who were picked up on warrants for crimes committed by someone else under their name. For people without money to quickly reinstate a utility service or hire a criminal attorney, those types of errors—even if eventually rectified—can have long-lasting consequences, including job loss or child protective involvement.

Full article: ‘Privacy Is Becoming a Luxury’: What Data Leaks Are Like for the Poor – VICE

The Latest Big Data Breach Should Make You Rethink How You Pay For Everything

The restaurant group Earl Enterprises confirmed that over two million credit cards were compromised in a breach affecting diners at Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy! and other restaurants between May 2018 and March 2019.

This breach presents a timely opportunity for consumers to reassess their own level of risk. Mobile pay systems – Apple Pay, Google Pay (formerly Android Pay), Samsung Pay and others – are more secure than other payment methods.

Source: The Latest Big Data Breach Should Make You Rethink How You Pay For Everything

Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers

Facebook app developers left hundreds of millions of user records exposed on publicly visible cloud servers.

The larger of the two data sets came from a Mexican media company called Cultura Colectiva. A 146GB data set with information like Facebook user activity, account names, and IDs was found that included more than 540 million records, the researchers said.

A similar data set was also found for an app called “At the Pool.” While smaller, the latter included especially personal information, including 22,000 passwords apparently used for the app, rather than directly for Facebook.

Source: Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers, researchers say – The Verge

Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’

Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents.

A US-based employee warned colleagues about the activity in September 2015. Facebook had said it previously discovered the improper sharing of data on 87 million people three months later, in December 2015. The firm said the September concerns related to a separate matter.

Source: Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’ – BBC News

Birmingham Court fines pair over data breaches

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that employees could face criminal charges if they access or share personal data without a valid reason.

The warning came after a Birmingham Magistrates’ Court fined two workers in separate cases for breaching data protection laws in 2017. Both individuals pleaded guilty to violations under the same sections of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Source: Birmingham Court fines pair over data breaches | IT PRO

How to report a data breach under GDPR

Data breach notification requirements are now mandatory and time-sensitive under GDPR.

While the details of what an organization needs to report in the event of a breach is defined within the legislation, when to report a data breach and which authority you should report the incident to are not as clear.

Read full article: How to report a data breach under GDPR

61% of CIOs say employees are maliciously leaking data

A study of the root causes of insider breaches has found that 61% of IT leaders believe that employees have maliciously risked data in the last 12 months.

However, the research, which involved input from more than 250 US and UK IT leaders and 2,000 US and UK-based employees, found that employees had a very different view of the situation.

92% of employees said they had not accidentally leaked company data, while 91% said they had not done so intentionally. This suggests that employees may be unaware of being the perpetrators of insider breaches.

Source: Insider breaches: 61% of CIOs say employees are maliciously leaking data

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