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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

Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites

Cellphone location data purchased from marketers enabled researchers at Mississippi State to track the movements of Russian generals. The data have major implications for national-security and law-enforcement agencies, too.

At one of the locations, the Nyonoksa Missile Test Site in northern Russia, the group identified 48 mobile devices present on Aug. 9, one day after a mysterious radiation spike there generated international headlines and widespread speculation that a Russian missile test had gone wrong.

Source: Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites – WSJ

More than half of organisations subject to GDPR collect more data than the regulation permits

A Data Risk and Security report released by the security software company Netwrix has revealed that companies are failing to follow GDPR and security best practices.

The survey of just over a thousand respondents revealed that security professionals are often bypassing many of the six stages of the data lifecycle. While security issues are mitigated at some stages, many important stages are being overlooked, resulting in vulnerable systems.

Source: More than half of organisations subject to GDPR collect more data than the regulation permits, a study has found

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

Privacy not a blocker for ‘meaningful’ research access to platform data

Facebook, meanwhile, points to European data protection regulations and privacy requirements attached to its business following interventions by the US’ FTC to justify painstaking progress around data access.

But critics argue this is just a cynical shield against transparency and accountability. Plus of course none of these regulations stopped Facebook grabbing people’s data in the first place.

“Data protection obligations should not be misappropriated as a means for powerful players to escape transparency and accountability,” wrote EDPS Wojciech Wiewiorówski.

Source: Privacy not a blocker for ‘meaningful’ research access to platform data, says report | TechCrunch

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

94% of Those Who Pay the Ransom Get the Data Back

According to The State of Ransomware 2020 global study conducted earlier this year on behalf of Sophos, organisations that decide to pay to get their data back, do so in an efficient 94% of cases.

Overall, the research found that while a malicious file download or link was still the biggest danger (29% of successful attacks), other methods such as remote attacks on servers (21%), unsecured Remote Desktop Protocol (9%), external suppliers (9%), and infected USB drives (7%) were also popular.

The research questioned 5,000 IT managers from 26 countries (500 from the US and 200 from the UK) in a range of sectors and company sizes from 100 to 5,000 employees.

Source: Huge toll of ransomware attacks revealed in Sophos report – Naked Security

Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds

Researchers have found that giving smart assistant users the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, does not necessarily increase trust in the device.

The researchers also found that users who were sensitive about their privacy found content less credible when given the option to customize their privacy settings.

Source: Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds | News | Communications of the ACM

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