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GDPR enforcement must level up to catch big tech, report warns

A new report by European consumer protection umbrella group Beuc, reflecting on the barriers to effective cross-border enforcement of the EU’s flagship data protection framework, makes awkward reading for the regional lawmakers and regulators as they seek to shape the next decades of digital oversight across the bloc.

Beuc’s report — which it’s called “The long and winding road: Two years of the GDPR: A cross-border data protection case from a consumer perspective” — details the procedural obstacles its member organizations have faced in seeking to obtain a decision related to the original complaints, which were filed with a variety of DPAs around the EU.

Source: GDPR enforcement must level up to catch big tech, report warns | TechCrunch

Most Americans Object to Government Tracking of Their Activities Through Cellphones

A new survey found widespread concern among Americans about government tracking of their whereabouts through their digital devices, with an overwhelming majority saying that a warrant should be required to obtain such data.

A new Harris Poll survey indicated that 55% of American adults are worried that government agencies are tracking them through location data generated from their cellphones and other digital devices. The poll also found that 77% of Americans believe the government should get a warrant to buy the kind of data.

Source: Most Americans Object to Government Tracking of Their Activities Through Cellphones – WSJ

UK businesses face aggregate costs of up to 1.6 billion if no adequacy decision post-Brexit transition period, report finds

The cost to UK businesses of not receiving an adequacy decision from the European Commission could total between £1 billion and £1.6 billion, according to a new report by think tank New Economics Foundation and UCL European Institute.

The report, compiled from interviews with 60 EU and UK legal professionals, data protection officers, business representatives and academics, estimates average costs for impacted businesses could reach £3,000 for a micro business, £10,000 for a small business, £19,555 for a medium business and £162,790 for a large business.

Source: UK businesses face aggregate costs of up to 1.6 billion if no adequacy decision post-Brexit transition period, report finds

New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

A jointly developed new report by Europol, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and Trend Micro looking into current and predicted criminal uses of artificial intelligence (AI) was released today.

The report provides law enforcers, policymakers and other organisations with information on existing and potential attacks leveraging AI and recommendations on how to mitigate these risks.

The report concludes that cybercriminals will leverage AI both as an attack vector and an attack surface. Deep fakes are currently the best-known use of AI as an attack vector. However, the report warns that new screening technology will be needed in the future to mitigate the risk of disinformation campaigns and extortion, as well as threats that target AI data sets.

Source: New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

The Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield

An analysis of nearly 500 Covid-related apps worldwide shows major differences in how much data they expect you to give up.

The results show that only 47 of that subset of 359 apps – that handle contact tracing, exposure notification, screening, reporting, workplace monitoring, and Covid information from public health authorities around the globe- use Google and Apple’s more privacy-friendly exposure-notification system, which restricts apps to only Bluetooth data collection.

More than six out of seven Covid-focused iOS apps worldwide are free to request whatever privacy permissions they want, with 59 percent asking for a user’s location when in use and 43 percent tracking location at all times. Albright found that 44 percent of Covid apps on iOS asked for access to the phone’s camera, 22 percent of apps asked for access to the user’s microphone, 32 percent asked for access to their photos, and 11 percent asked for access to their contacts.

Source: The iOS Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield | WIRED

Nearly half of firms had data breach in last 12 months

Data breaches continue to dominate headlines around the world. Recent findings analyzed by Atlas VPN reveal that as many as 45% of businesses had a data breach in the last 12 months.

The data is based on a survey conducted by Kaspersky and B2B International on September 30, 2020. Researchers interviewed 4,179 businesses globally, with 50 and up to 4,999 employees. Surveyed companies are from the following 5 industries: financial services, government, manufacturing, IT and telecommunications, retail and wholesale.

Full article: Nearly half of firms had data breach in last 12 months – Tech Digest

Marketers Pessimistic About Third-Party Cookie Changes

Seven in 10 believe digital advertising will be adversely affected by these changes and will take a step backwards, according to a new study from Epsilon.

For one, they are not happy about it. Marketers have a more negative perception of Google (38%) and Apple (44%) as a result of the announced changes, with 67% having negative feelings about the pending changes and 44% responding that they are disappointed with the plans. In fact, 69% of respondents say the impact is bigger than prior privacy changes, the GDPR or CCPA.

Source: Report: Marketers Pessimistic About Third-Party Cookie Changes 11/02/2020

Exploring Consumer Attitudes About Privacy

A new study, “Privacy Front and Center,” from Consumer Reports’ Digital Lab with support from Omidyar Network, found that American consumers are increasingly concerned about privacy and data security when purchasing new products and services, which may be a competitive advantage to companies that raise the bar for privacy.

A majority of smart product owners (62%) worry about potential loss of privacy when buying them for their home or family, according to CR’s February 2020 nationally representative survey. The study found that the privacy and security conscious consumer class seems to include more men and people of color.

Source: Exploring Consumer Attitudes About Privacy

Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

Widespread use of contact tracing technology to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has led to almost incessant and omnipresent surveillance in some parts of the world, a UN expert on privacy told the General Assembly today.

“This is a very disturbing trend; all-pervasive surveillance is no panacea for COVID-19,” Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, said as he delivered his annual report, which examines the privacy impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: OHCHR | Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift

A third (33%) of all data breach incidents in 2021 are expected to be caused by insiders, according to the latest Forrester Cyber Security Predictions report.

This will be an 8% increase compared to 2020. The increase in insider incidents is likely to be caused by the unprecedented change in working environments from the office to remote working during nationwide lockdowns. Other contributing issues outlined by Forrester include the ease with which data can be moved as well as the general fear of being made redundant.

Source: Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift | IT PRO

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