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Whistleblower Snowden warns of looming mass surveillance in Japan

Edward Snowden, who exposed extensive U.S. surveillance programs in 2013, warned this week that Japan may be moving closer to sweeping surveillance of ordinary citizens as the government eyes a legal change to enhance police powers in the name of counterterrorism.

Source: Whistleblower Snowden warns of looming mass surveillance in Japan – Japan Today

Apple Reports a Blitz of National Security Requests

CNET reported on May 24 th that the number of national security orders issued to Apple by U.S. law enforcement doubled to about 6,000 in the second half of 2016, compared with the first half of the year. As part of its biannual transparency report, Apple said those requests included orders received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as well as national security letters, the latter being issued by the FBI – and they don’t require a judge’s sign-off.

Source: Apple Reports a Blitz of National Security Requests

Why the WannaCry outbreak should be a wake-up call

WannaCry, the ransomware that recently swept the world and brought down computer systems in more than 100 countries, can be viewed as many things: an attempt to extort money from individuals and businesses whose data was taken hostage; an atrocity that put human life at risk in the case of compromised medical systems and medical devices; and a focal point in discussions on responsible disclosure, to name just a few.

But boiled down, WannaCry should be universally viewed as one thing: a wake-up call.

Source: Why the WannaCry outbreak should be a wake-up call

OneLogin Breached. Here’s What You Need to Do.

Single sign-on provider OneLogin has experienced a breach. If you or your company uses OneLogin to sign in to applications, or if you use any of their other services, you need to be aware of this and may need to take several actions immediately.

Source: PSA: OneLogin Breached. Here’s What You Need to Do.

BSI Group eyeing ethical data use

In May, BSI Group, the national standards body for the U.K., held its most recent workshop looking at the development of standards around the use of big data. Privacy pros may find the group’s work particularly relevant as BSI approaches guidance, in particular, for the terms and conditions organizations would use to obtain and use data, as well as a code of practice for the ethical use of data.

Source: BSI Group eyeing ethical data use

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