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People want data privacy but don’t always know what they’re getting

Differential privacy lets people to share data anonymously, but people need to know more about it to make informed decisions.

Data privacy research shows that people’s hesitancy to share their data stems in part from not knowing who would have access to it and how organizations that collect data keep it private. When people are aware of data privacy technologies, they might not get what they expect.

To help people make informed choices about their data, they need information that accurately sets their expectations about privacy. It’s not enough to tell people that a system meets a “gold standard” of some types of privacy without telling them what that means. Users shouldn’t need a degree in mathematics to make an informed choice.

Full article: People want data privacy but don’t always know what they’re getting

Facial recognition datasets are being widely used despite being taken down due to ethical concerns.

Computer vision research datasets have been criticized for violating subjects’ privacy, reinforcing cultural biases, and enabling questionable applications. But regulating their use is hard.

Yet the data that has been taken down for ethical reasons isn’t just available — it continues to be used prominently in academic research. Further, even if a dataset was created for benign purposes, it may have uses in more questionable areas. Oftentimes, these uses are enabled by a derived dataset.

Full article: Facial recognition datasets are being widely used despite being taken down due to ethical concerns. Here’s how.

More Americans share social security, financial and medical information than before the pandemic

A new survey has shown that consumer willingness to share more sensitive data – social security numbers, financial information and medical information – is greater in 2020 than in both 2018 and 2019

According to the New york, NY-based scientific research practice foundation ARF’s (Advertising Research Foundation) third annual Privacy Study has shown that contact tracing is considered a key weapon in the fight against COVID-19.

However, one quarter of the respondents expressed an unwillingness to share information about being exposed to someone with the virus.

Source: More Americans share social security, financial and medical information than before the pandemic | ZDNet

Half of All Organizations Experienced Cyber Security Incidents During the Remote Working Period

Study showed that 75% of IT decision-makers believed hybrid or remote working to be the future of the workplace, and most also believed that this has led to an increase in security incidents.

The “Securing the Future of Hybrid Working” report also found that phishing remained the most prevalent threat facing employees working remotely. While remote working was a predisposing factor for cyberattacks, most employees prefer hybrid working environments, with just 11% exclusively preferring office work.

The report recommended that businesses should adapt to their employees’ needs to guarantee the safety of the organizations’ systems.

Source: Half of All Organizations Experienced Cyber Security Incidents During the Remote Working Period – CPO Magazine

Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns

Online privacy is a concern for many users, and a new survey suggests people are most wary of Facebook and TikTok.

According to a recent survey conducted by WhistleOut, 85 percent of respondents believe that at least one tech company is currently spying on them. At the head of the list are Facebook (68 percent) and TikTok (53 percent), who many believe to be breaking privacy laws. TikTok especially has seen a recent tide of hate as a Chinese company in possession of American user data.

Source: Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns | PCMag

Half of Organizations Experienced Security Incidents While Working Remotely

As businesses try to deliver a seamless hybrid experience of work from home and office, Tessian’s Securing the Future of Hybrid Working report reveals the security risks they must overcome and the pressures on IT teams.

The majority of IT decision makers (82%) think that employees are at greater risk of phishing attacks when working remotely. Their concerns are valid; over three-quarters (78%) of employees said they received a phishing email while working on their personal laptop between March and July 2020, and 68% admitted to clicking a link or downloading an attachment within that email.

In fact, nearly half of companies surveyed experienced a data breach or security incident between March and July 2020, with half being caused by phishing attacks – making it the leading cause of security incidents during this period of remote working.

Source: Half of Organizations Experienced Security Incidents While Working Remotely, Reveals New Data – socPub

Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

Reading a book on a Kindle sends Amazon a lot of data about reading habits. How fast pages are turned, font sizes and views, and device details.

The Kindle sends device information, usage metadata, and details about every interaction with the device (or app) while it’s being used. All of this is linked directly to the reader account.

Opening the app, reading a book, flipping through a few pages, then closing the book sends over 100 requests to Amazon servers.

Full article: Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

ICO publishes 2020 Annual Track survey results

UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has published 2020 Annual Track survey – a survey of over 2,000 people that the ICO commissions each year.

The main aim of this research is: “To gauge the general public’s awareness and perceptions of their information rights and to monitor any change in people’s trust and confidence in organisations who use their personal information. Also, to provide a measure of how the Commissioner/ ICO is perceived by the UK public.”

Source: 2020 Annual Track survey results | ICO

Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach

Poor privacy=data breach as reported by Osano was proven July 15 when Twitter was hacked and 130 accounts – including Joe Biden’s and Kanye West’s – were exposed.

There’s a direct correlation between a company’s poor privacy practices and the likelihood of a data breach, according to a report from the data privacy platform Osano, The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link.

Source: Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach – TechRepublic

How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do About It 

Smartphone location data, often used by marketers, has been useful for studying the spread of the coronavirus. But the information raises troubling privacy questions.

The fact that companies are collecting, storing and selling location information about individuals at all presents risks. Hackers or people with access to raw location data could identify or follow a person without consent, by pinpointing, for example, which phone regularly spent time at that person’s home address.

Full article: How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do About It – The New York Times

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