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Council of Europe issues recommendation on health-related data

On March 28, 2019, the Council of Europe issued a new Recommendation on the protection of health-related data.

The Recommendation calls on all Council of Europe member states to take steps to ensure that the principles for processing health-related data (in both the public and private sector) set out in the Appendix of the Recommendation are reflected in their law and practice.

Source: Council of Europe issues recommendation on health-related data

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

CNIL Publishes Binding Rules on Processing Biometric Data as Workplace Access Control

On March 28, 2019, the French data protection authority (“CNIL”) published a “Model Regulation” addressing the use of biometric systems to control access to premises, devices and apps at work.

The Model Regulation lays down binding rules for data controllers who are subject to French data protection law and process employee biometric data for such purposes.

Source: CNIL Publishes Binding Rules on Processing Biometric Data as Workplace Access Control

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

Surrendering privacy for survival

Americans at the lower end of the economic ladder suffer from an ever-growing privacy divide, impacting more than just their personal dignity and autonomy.

Low-income communities have historically been been monitored by government and their privacy has been routinely invaded. In Colonial America, most towns had an “overseer of the poor” who tracked poor people and either chased them out of town or auctioned off their labor. Current public benefits programs ask applicants extremely detailed and personal questions and sometimes mandate home visits, drug tests, fingerprinting, and collection of biometric information.

Full article: Another tax on the poor: Surrendering privacy for survival

Belgium regulator fights Facebook over user tracking

A court in Belgium has instructed Facebook to put a halt to tracking users without obtaining the proper consents.

The social network has also been told to erase all information it has gathered on individuals who do not have Facebook accounts, after the Brussels Court of First Instance deemed that the company had harvested data illegally.

Source: Belgium regulator fights Facebook over user tracking

Autonomous cars rise privacy questions

When fully autonomous vehicles begin circulating on public roads they will have to be able to detect when people enter or exit a vehicle, who the person is, whether they have left anything behind in the car, and especially if a person has become disabled (because of intoxication or a medical emergency).

And that information will inevitably be shared online, although there may be ways that some people can still preserve their sense of independence in the car.

“In the future, it may be different for people who own their own cars, where there’s more privacy,” said Mr. Wisselmann at BMW, “and for people who use robo taxis, where there will be less.”

Full article: Eyes on the Road! (Your Car Is Watching) – The New York Times

Facebook to Fight Belgian Ban on Tracking

Facebook is attacking a Belgian court order forcing it to stop tracking local users’ surfing habits, including those of millions who aren’t signed up to the social network.

The U.S. tech giant will come face to face with the Belgian data protection authority in a Brussels appeals court for a two-day hearing starting on Wednesday. The company will challenge the 2018 court order and the threat of a daily fine of 250,000 euros ($281,625) should it fail to comply.

Source: Facebook Attack of Belgian Case on Web Tracking Gets Hearing – Bloomberg

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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