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ICO publishes 2020 Annual Track survey results

UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has published 2020 Annual Track survey – a survey of over 2,000 people that the ICO commissions each year.

The main aim of this research is: “To gauge the general public’s awareness and perceptions of their information rights and to monitor any change in people’s trust and confidence in organisations who use their personal information. Also, to provide a measure of how the Commissioner/ ICO is perceived by the UK public.”

Source: 2020 Annual Track survey results | ICO

Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach

Poor privacy=data breach as reported by Osano was proven July 15 when Twitter was hacked and 130 accounts – including Joe Biden’s and Kanye West’s – were exposed.

There’s a direct correlation between a company’s poor privacy practices and the likelihood of a data breach, according to a report from the data privacy platform Osano, The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link.

Source: Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach – TechRepublic

UK Data Protection Index full report published

The Data Protection World Forum and The DPO Centre and jointly published the first UK DataProtection Index, a unique survey based on a panel of UK data protection and privacy professionals.

The main findings include:

  • Data protection profession calls for greater investment as privacy issues grow in importance
  • Impact of Brexit is a key concern as dataflows between the UK and rest of world become more complex
  • Most practitioners believe UK is ahead of other countries in how it manages data protection and privacy

Source: UK Data Protection Index full report published – PrivSec Report

US Govt. Releases Report on Privacy, Discrimination Risks of Facial Recognition

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a key report about privacy and discrimination risks posed by the commercial use of facial recognition.

The GAO completed the report in response to research showing the disparate impact the technology has on minorities, including a National institute of Science and Technology study which found that facial recognition systems misidentify Black women at disproportionately high rates.

Source: GAO Releases Report on Privacy, Discrimination Risks of Facial Recognition

EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse

More than one in two citizens of the European Union are concerned about the misuse of their online data by fraudsters and cybercriminals, a new EU study has found.

As part of a recent survey undertaken by the EU’s agency for fundamental rights published on Wednesday, an average of 55% of respondents said they are concerned that the information they share online and on social media, could be maliciously accessed.

Source: EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse – EURACTIV.com

UK government reported 500 personal data breaches to ICO in a year

Central government reported almost 500 personal data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office in the 2020 fiscal year, with one in ten requiring formal investigation and at least 10 incidents that have required the department in question to take remedial action.

During FY20, the regulator also received a collective tally of 1,006 data-breach reports from the local government sector. The overall number of reports filed across all sectors quadrupled following the introduction of GDPR, from 3,331 in 20178/18 to 13,840 the following year.

Source: EXCL: Whitehall departments reported 500 personal data breaches to ICO in FY20 | PublicTechnology.net

Demographic report on protests shows how much info our phones give away

Data analytics company Mobilewalla released a report detailing the race, age and gender breakdowns of individuals who participated in protests in select cities during the weekend of May 29th.

Mobilewalla “observed” a total of 16,902 devices. What is especially disturbing is that protestors likely had no idea that the tech company was using location data harvested from their devices.

Source: Demographic report on protests shows how much info our phones give away | Engadget

How concerned are Europeans about their personal data online?

The Fundamental Rights Survey asked people about their views on sharing personal data as well as their awareness of EU data protection rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As governments discuss using technology to stop the spread of COVID-19, many Europeans are unwilling to share data about themselves with public and private bodies.

Read more: How concerned are Europeans about their personal data online? | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

GDPR enforcement held back by lack of resources

Enforcement of EU data privacy rules is being stifled by a lack of resources across national authorities, according to a new study published on 25 May, on the second anniversary of the EU’s landmark general data protection regulation (GDPR).

The report, published by the advocacy group Access Now, finds that due to a significant disparity in the funding of national data protection authorities, larger firms could try and use their economic wherewithal to potentially circumvent privacy provisions laid out in the GDPR.

Source: GDPR enforcement held back by lack of resources, report says – EURACTIV.com

Report Reveals Consumers Want Contextually Relevant Ads, Yet Remain Cautious About Privacy

Two years since the enactment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data privacy remains a key concern for a significant 94% of consumers. Alongside this, whilst 33% of consumers remain unaware of data privacy regulations, such as the GDPR, nearly nine in ten (87%) of consumers now understand their browsing data will be used for advertising purposes.

The type of targeted advertising consumers are most receptive to was found to be behavioural and contextual. Consumer’s top preference for targeted ads includes targeting based on purchase history (35%) or browsing history (34%). A close second is targeted ads that are contextually relevant to the site a consumer is browsing, stated by a third (33%) of consumers to be their preferred means of targeting. Targeting based on demographic data, such as life stage (19%) or job (15%), was the least preferred method of targeted advertising.

Source: Report Reveals Consumers Want Contextually Relevant Ads, Yet Remain Cautious About Privacy | ExchangeWire.com

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