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Personal information management systems: A new era for individual privacy?

PIMS, also referred to as personal data stores, personal data spaces, or personal data vaults, are systems that allow people to control their personal data and manage their online identity by enabling individuals to gather, store, update, and share personal data.

Importantly, PIMS also let people allow, deny, or withdraw consent to third-parties for access to their personal data. PIMS can facilitate compliance with existing privacy laws by making it easier for organizations to gain effective consent of users, which can be an administrative burden.

Full article: Personal information management systems: A new era for individual privacy?

NSA will open source a tool for malware disassembly and reverse engineering

Dubbed GHIDRA, the tool will allow folks au fait with cyber security to pick apart binaries for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, and turn them into code that can then be perused to figure out what malware has been up to, or take a deep dive into seemingly legit software carrying out eyebrow-raising activity.

Full article: NSA will open source a tool for malware disassembly and reverse engineering

Is It Really Possible to Use the Internet Privately?

There are many resources to limit your exposure to threats on the internet. There are countless ways to control what sites can see about you and your internet behavior. As with most things, it’s impossible to be 100% safe, but by installing a few browser extensions and making some safer choices, you can be more confident about your privacy.

Full article: Is It Really Possible to Use the Internet Privately?

Consent management platforms are purchased less often than other privacy tools

With the massive new requirements for user consent in the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) and the new California privacy law, you’d think the recently emerged consent management platforms would have landed in every sizable company’s toolbox. However, according to TrustArc and the IAPP, that may be because consent management has too many ‘cooks in the kitchen.’

Source: New report: Consent management platforms are purchased less often than other privacy tools – MarTech Today

Facebook releases new privacy safeguards after ceding to pressure from advertisers

Facebook is installing new controls it says will better inform its members about the way companies are targeting them with advertising, the latest step to quell a public outcry over the company’s mishandling of user data.

Source: Facebook releases new privacy safeguards after ceding to pressure from advertisers | Reuters

Google reboots advertising tools to give users more control over their data

The new features come as internet companies such as Google and Facebook are facing a global backlash around their handling of personal data. Europe’s tougher privacy laws recently went into effect, and advertising-dependent internet companies are hoping to take just enough steps to persuade regulators not to go further.

Source: Google reboots advertising tools to give users more control over their data | VentureBeat

CNIL updates its PIA tool

French data protection authority CNIl has updated its PIA software to make the privacy impact assessment more practical and to foster collaboration between stakeholders.

The new features cover mainly the creation of the PIA report and on the tool’s workflow:

  • it is now possible to filter the information to be shown in the report;
  • the PIA’s visual elements (risk overview, risk mapping, action plan overview) are now visible on the report page and available for download;
  • the action plan can be downloaded in csv format in order to easily follow up on its implementation and/or to include it in existing internal project management processes;
  • several improvements were made to the workflow and contextual information was enhanced, in order to clarify the PIA steps.

Source: May 2018 updates for the PIA tool

Vendors create GDPR compliance solutions to tackle a variety of areas

For all the solutions where their GDPR compliance abilities are an added benefit, however, there are many solutions that were created specifically to help organizations handle different aspects of the new rules.

Anyone who has taken a look at the GDPR knows its scope is far too much for one solution to handle every single one of its numerous articles. Tech vendors have sought to focus on a single aspect of the GDPR, and take care of it to the best of their capabilities.

Source: Vendors create GDPR compliance solutions to tackle a variety of areas

‘My Data Request’ lists guides to get data about you

My Data Request lists dozens of tech companies and tells you how you can contact them. The website also links to the privacy policy of each service and tells you what to do even if you don’t live in the EU.

For most companies (including Amazon), you’ll have to email them yourself. My Data Request has created handy email templates.

Source: ‘My Data Request’ lists guides to get data about you | TechCrunch

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