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Advisory group releases IoT safety and design risk toolkit

Hundreds of initiatives have been launched over the past several years to tackle the issue of internet-of-things security in the design phase for devices. AgeLight Advisory Group Managing Director Craig Spiezle spent the time to review more than 1,500 documents to see what those initiatives hoped to achieve.

AgeLight has released the fruits of Spiezle’s work in the form of the IoT Safety and Trust Design Architecture and Risk Toolkit. The toolkit seeks to achieve three primary goals: to guide and drive industry into self-regulation, to promote high-value privacy and security practices, and to deliver trustworthy devices to the marketplace.

Source: Advisory group releases IoT safety and design risk toolkit

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look.

Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.

Source: Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran | Opinion | The Guardian

Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings

As the social network grapples with the way it handles consumer data, it has unveiled a centralized page for people to control their privacy and security settings.

From the new page, users can control the personal information the social network keeps on them, such as their political preferences or interests, and download and review a file of data Facebook has collected about them. Facebook also will clarify what types of apps people are currently using and what permissions those apps have to gather their information.

Source: Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings – The New York Times

RBC launches data sharing portal for app developers in step towards open banking

Royal Bank is opening up select bits of its data to external software developers in a bid to foster innovation and create new tools for consumers.

The bank said that it will allow eligible external developers and clients to access some RBC banking data to build and test banking-related applications.

Source: RBC launches data sharing portal for app developers in step towards open banking | Financial Post

Google Beefs Up Cloud Security and Data Privacy Tools

Google rolls out new Cloud Security Command Center, VPC Service Controls, Access Transparency Logs, and enhanced AI threat detection for GCP and G Suite.

Google has unveiled a slew of new business-focused data privacy and threat protection offerings, bolstering its cybersecurity arsenal in the never-ending war to stay ahead of attackers.

Source: Google Beefs Up Cloud Security and Data Privacy Tools | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

You’re Never Going To Read That Privacy Policy. Could AI Help?

It’s a common quip about privacy policies: They’re so complex, you need a law degree to understand them.

A team at Carnegie Mellon took it to heart. Led by professor Norman Sadeh, the group asked law students to annotate more than 100 privacy policies from companies like Google and Facebook–putting their legalese into relatively plain language. Then, Sadeh’s team used their work to train an AI to do the same thing for 7,000 other privacy policies, effectively creating a searchable database that lays out these policies in clear terms. On their new portal, anyone can explore these Cliff’s Notes to common apps and websites, which are even rated by the grade level of their language.

Source: You’re Never Going To Read That Privacy Policy. Could AI Help?

14 top tools to assess, implement, and maintain GDPR compliance

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in May 2018, which means that any organization doing business in or with the EU has six months from this writing to comply with the strict new privacy law. Organizations must be able to identify, protect, and manage all personally identifiable information (PII) of EU residents even if those organizations are not based in the EU.

Some vendors are offering tools to help you prepare for and comply with the GDPR. What follows is a representative sample of tools to assess what you need to do for compliance, implement measures to meet requirements, and maintain compliance once you reach it.

Source: 14 top tools to assess, implement, and maintain GDPR compliance | CSO Online

UK government has its own AI for detecting extremist videos

Stemming the tide of extremist online content has been a major focus for tech giants in recent times, but despite their efforts, the UK parliament has condemned companies such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for “consciously failing” to take robust enough action.

To mitigate the problem, the Home Office has developed its own AI program that can detect Islamic State (IS) propaganda online with a 99.99 percent success rate.

Source: UK government has its own AI for detecting extremist videos

Ghostery browser extension for web privacy goes open source

Unlocking the browser extension’s underpinnings could attract outside improvements and dispel ‘conspiracy theories’ about data about users it used to gather.

Ghostery, a browser extension that blocks advertisers and web publishers from tracking your online behavior, has opened up its code so anyone with some programming chops can see exactly what’s going on.

Source: Ghostery browser extension for web privacy goes open source – CNET

New Zealand’s DPA releases Data Subject Access Tool

Under the Privacy Act, you have the right to ask for personal information about you. Here’s an easy way to ask for your personal information from any organisation, business or government agency in New Zealand. Just fill required information in form and get you request file ready to send.

Source: Office of the Privacy Commissioner | AboutMe (Request My Info Tool)

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