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Risks from stolen Marriott data: espionage, ID theft, home burglaries

The data stolen from the Marriott hotel empire in a massive breach is so rich and specific it could be used for espionage, identity theft, reputational attacks and even home burglaries, security experts say.

Affected reservation system could be extremely enticing to nation-state spies interested in the travels of military and senior government officials.

Full article: Risks from stolen Marriott data: espionage, ID theft, home burglaries – East Bay Times

In China, your car could be talking to the government

China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens.

Full article: In China, your car could be talking to the government

Airlines collect too much passenger data

Airlines are widening scope of data they collect from passengers – but if it goes wrong, they could find themselves dealing with the fallout of a security breach and scrambling to win back trust.

Full article: Collecting passenger data can help airlines’ customer service and profitability soar, but as Cathay Pacific hack shows it can be a risky strategy | South China Morning Post

Parents are giving tons of their kids’ personal data away

On average, parents will post more than 1,000 images of their children online before they’re old enough to have their own social media accounts, according to a new report on the digital lives of kids. And that size of ‘digital footprint’ comes with risks that may not yet be fully realized.

Full article: Parents are giving tons of their kids’ personal data away — and the long-term effects aren’t yet known | CBC News

Cambridge Analytica Knew How You’d Vote If You Wore Wrangler

The whistle-blower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations said the now-defunct data research firm used the fashion preferences of Facebook Inc. users to help develop the algorithms needed to target them with political messaging.

Sharing examples of the anonymized data for the first time, originally collected and used by Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie said people who displayed an interest in Abercrombie & Fitch tended on average to be less cautious and more liberal, and individuals who liked Wrangler were usually more conservative and more keen on “orderliness.”

Full article: Cambridge Analytica Knew How You’d Vote If You Wore Wrangler – Bloomberg

Facebook’s Failure to End ‘Public by Default’

With one simple change, Facebook could pass an important privacy test. Right now, users have little choice in the public exposure of their profile pictures. Every single one of them is set to “public” by default. Even if you try to limit your current profile picture visibility using Facebook’s privacy settings for the individual photo, it will still be public.

If you don’t want your profile picture to be public, the only winning move is to delete your account. That’s increasingly difficult to do these days, because not having a social media presence can limit your personal and professional opportunities and even raise the suspicion of authorities.

Full article: Facebook’s Failure to End ‘Public by Default’ – Member Feature Stories – Medium

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

LinkedIn has been called out a number of times for how it is able to suggest uncanny connections to you, when it’s not even clear how or why LinkedIn would know enough to make those suggestions in the first place.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner had conducted — and concluded — an investigation of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, originally prompted by a complaint from a user in 2017, over LinkedIn’s practices regarding people who were not members of the social network.

Full article: LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook | TechCrunch

Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

Uber’s European operation has been fined £385,000 for a data breach that affected almost 3 million British users, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced.

In November 2016, attackers obtained credentials to access Uber’s cloud servers and downloaded 16 large files, including the records of 35 million users worldwide. The records included passengers’ full names, phone numbers, email addresses, and the location where they had signed up.

Source: Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

You probably have more personal data, in more systems, than you think.

There’s lots of guides on the internet to consent and so-forth, but relatively few that dive into hands-on implementation details. Often, legal teams possess a strong understanding of regulatory requirements and the goals of company operations, but they don’t share the same knowledge of systems and data movements implemented across marketing and sales.

Full article: You probably have more personal data, in more systems, than you think.

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