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The Pregnancy Panopticon

There are a staggering number of applications for Android and iOS which claim to help people keep track of their monthly cycle, know when they may be fertile, or track the status of their pregnancy. These apps entice the user to input the most intimate details of their lives, such as their mood, sexual activity, physical activity, physical symptoms, height, weight, and more. But how private are these apps, and how secure are they in fact?

Source: The Pregnancy Panopticon | Electronic Frontier Foundation

ICO’s Publishes Its Annual Report for 2016/17

UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its annual report for 2016/17. The report includes the ICO’s annual operational performance statistics which were published separately earlier this year and which reflected the office’s consistently improving work to regulate information rights in the UK.

Source: ICO’s Annual Report for 2016/17 highlights a year of achievements and future challenges | ICO

50% Would Share Smart Device Data For Discounts

When it comes to sharing data from smart devices, many consumers will give it up, for a price. That price can involve simple discounts on utilities or product improvements. Roughly 50% of U.S.broadband households are willing to share data from their smart devices for discounts on electricity, according to new research from Parks Associates.

Source: 50% Would Share Smart Device Data For Discounts 06/01/2017

Can gender balance impact organizational security?

According to new research, age, experience, gender, and attitudes influence risky behaviors and security culture.

CLTRe, a Norwegian security culture research company, today released its Security Culture Report 2017, which studied more than 10,000 employees across five verticals in two countries within the Nordics to determine how risk and security is understood and actioned.

Source: New report reveals how “human factors,” including gender balance, can impact organizational security | ZDNet

The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report

On May 4 European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, published his mid-mandate report “The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report”. Buttarelli indicated that EDPS will continue to work on aims outlined in EDPS Strategy 2015-2019. He also pointed out that EU data protection framework consists of much more than just the GDPR.

Source: The state of privacy 2017: EDPS provides mid-mandate report