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Microsoft develops new differential privacy platform

Microsoft recently launched differential privacy platform, which injects a small amount of statistical “noise” to large data sets to protect individual privacy without materially impacting the accuracy of the data.

The differential privacy platform and its algorithms are now available on GitHub for developers, researchers, academics and companies worldwide to use for testing, building and support. We welcome and look forward to the feedback in response to this historic project.

Source: New differential privacy platform co-developed with Harvard’s OpenDP unlocks data while safeguarding privacy – Microsoft on the Issues

CISA Releases New Cyber Essentials Toolkit

As a follow-up to the November 2019 release of Cyber Essentials, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the first in a series of six Cyber Essentials Toolkits.

This is a starting point for small businesses and government agencies to understand and address cybersecurity risk as they do other risks. CISA’s toolkits will provide greater detail, insight and resources on each of the Cyber Essentials’ six “Essential Elements” of a Culture of Cyber Readiness.

Source: CISA Releases New Cyber Essentials Toolkit | CISA

EU publishes toolbox for coronavirus tracking apps

Contact tracing apps, if fully compliant with EU rules and well coordinated, can play a key role in all phases of crisis management, especially when time will be ripe to gradually lift social distancing measures.

Therefore EU have developed an EU toolbox for the use of mobile applications for contact tracing and warning in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The toolbox is accompanied by guidance on data protection for such mobile apps.

Source: Coronavirus: An EU approach for efficient contact tracing

Microsoft launches open-source privacy mapping tool

Microsoft has launched a new open-source tool mapping ISO’s global privacy standard, ISO/IEC 27701, to nine different privacy laws from around the world.

The “Data Protection/Privacy Mapping Project,” as it is named, maps ISO/IEC 27701 to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act, Brazil’s General Data Protection Law, Australia’s Privacy Act, Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act, Hong Kong’s Personal Data Ordinance, South Korean’s Personal info Protection Act, and Turkey’s Data Protection Law.

Source: Microsoft launches open-source privacy mapping tool

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

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