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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

To keep or not to keep: data retention challenges and solutions

The GDPR does not specify exact data retention timescales, and the reason for this – when you stop to think about it – is obvious: the periods for which you can justifiably keep data are necessarily context-specific. But in practice it’s not so simple.

Read full article: To keep or not to keep: data retention challenges and solutions – Privacy, Security and Information Law Fieldfisher

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Source: AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages

A cybersecurity company said it had discovered a flaw in WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with 1.5 billion users, that allows scammers to alter the content or change the identity of the sender of a previously delivered message. WhatsApp, however, says it is still safe, and what Check Point Software discovered was a system operating as it was intended.

Source: Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages – The New York Times

Facebook sued over Brexit campaign data breach

Campaign group Fair Vote U.K. announced Saturday that it is preparing a lawsuit against Facebook on behalf of users whose data was used by the tech giant without their consent during the Brexit referendum campaign. The suit follows the leak of an interim report on fake news from the culture, media and sport select committee that underlined the ease with which companies could harvest user data without consent.

Source: Facebook sued over Brexit campaign data breach – POLITICO

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