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CIPL Publishes Report on Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection in Tension

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) recently published the first report in its project on Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Data Protection: Delivering Sustainable AI Accountability in Practice.

The report, entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection in Tension,” aims to describe in clear, understandable terms:

  • what AI is and how it is being used all around us today;
  • the role that personal data plays in the development, deployment and oversight of AI; and
  • the opportunities and challenges presented by AI to data protection laws and norms.

Source: CIPL Publishes Report on Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection in Tension

85% of companies allow employees to access data from personal devices creating security risks

A recent report from security firm Bitglass surveyed IT experts, and found that 85% of organizations enable BYOD policies, citing employee mobility (74%) and employee satisfaction (54%) as the top two reasons for allowing employees, contractors, and other related parties to bring their own devices. However, the convenience of BYOD creates a particularly large attack surface for malicious actors to harvest information from these organizations.

Source: 85% of enterprises allow employees to access data from personal devices, security risks abound – TechRepublic

Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches

Most health information data breaches in the U.S. in recent years haven’t been the work of hackers but instead have been due to mistakes or security lapses inside healthcare organizations, a new study suggests. The top cause of data breaches, accounting for 42 percent of cases and 472 incidents, was theft of equipment or information by unknown outsiders or by current or former employees, the study found.

Source: Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches | Reuters

GDPR Burdens Hinder M&A Transactions

An increasing number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions may be stalling because of concerns over EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, according to a survey of EMEA M&A professionals conducted by Merrill Corporation.

The implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) stood out as a major hurdle for mergers and acquisitions, with more than half of respondents (55 percent) citing the compliance and data protection employed by the target company as a primary reason a transaction did not progress. Additionally, 66 percent of those surveyed believe that GDPR will increase acquirers’ scrutiny of the data protection policies and processes of target companies, further complicating the deal-making process.

Source: GDPR Burdens Hinder M&A Transactions in the EMEA Region, According to Merrill Corporation Survey | Business Wire

EU startup funding drops since GDPR

In a working paper published this week, Jian Jia and Liad Wagman of the Illinois Institute of Technology and Ginger Zhe Jin of the University of Maryland show that, relative to their U.S. counterparts, European technology firms have been receiving less venture funding since the GDPR’s rollout. There’s been a 17.6 percent reduction in weekly venture deals in the EU, and the amount raised in an average deal dropped 39.6 percent. Most of the damage was to newer startups, created less than three years ago.

Source: Facebook and Google Aren’t Hurt by GDPR, But Smaller Firms Are – Bloomberg

AI, IoT, and edge computing drive cybersecurity concerns for 2019

As companies adopt emerging technologies, the cyber risk landscape is set to grow larger in the new year, according to a Forcepoint report. 2018 saw many large-scale data breaches, but 2019 will shift to more widespread, integrated cybersecurity concerns. Industrial IoT disruption, phishing attacks, and edge computing present some of the largest areas of cybersecurity risks.

Full article: AI, IoT, and edge computing drive cybersecurity concerns for 2019 – TechRepublic

Americans more concerned about data privacy than healthcare

Americans believe that companies should have a mission that goes beyond the money—one that has a positive impact on world hunger, job creation and education, according to the latest Harris Poll data.  According to 65 percent of survey participants, Data privacy most pressing issue.

Source: Americans more concerned about data privacy than healthcare, study says

Private Blockchains Could Be Compatible with EU Privacy Rules

A joint study between Queen Mary University of London and the University of Cambridge concluded that, whilst challenging, it is theoretically possible for organizations to design blockchain applications that fully comply with recently implemented EU ‘General Data Protection Regulation’.

Due to innate aspects of blockchain technology, like the immutability and inability to retrospectively remove customer data recorded as such, the problems become obvious when it comes to creating a solution compatible with this European regulation.

Full article: Private Blockchains Could Be Compatible with EU Privacy Rules, Research Shows

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders

Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders.

Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%).

Full article: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders | Fortune

Researchers Defeat Most Powerful Ad Blockers

Perceptual ad blockers will come out on the losing side in the war against internet advertisers and expose users to a host of new attack vectors in the process, the researchers warned. According to new research an AI was able to defeat perceptual ad blockers.

Source: Researchers Defeat Most Powerful Ad Blockers, Declare a ‘New Arms Race’ – Motherboard

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