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The Equifax breach, response, and fallout

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced late Thursday hackers had breached some of its website application software, potentially affecting the sensitive personal information of approximately 143 million consumers. The data that was accessed included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. The incident may have also compromised credit card numbers for 209,000 U.S. consumers, as well as other “dispute documents” that contained identifying information for 182,000 consumers.

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Hello, Dolly: What You Need to Know About Connected Smart Toys and Privacy

As connected devices become ubiquitous, it comes as no surprise that interactive toys that connect to the internet are more popular than ever. At the same time, regulators have taken note of the privacy and security concerns raised by lawmakers and privacy advocates about the proliferation of smart toys that collect personal information from kids.

Source: Hello, Dolly: What You Need to Know About Connected Smart Toys and Privacy

Apple’s Refusal to Approve India’s Anti-Spam App Angers Regulators

Apple Inc.’s refusal so far to approve the Indian government’s anti-spam iPhone app is infuriating regulators, potentially harming the company’s efforts to sell more products in the country.

Source: Apple’s Refusal to Approve India’s Anti-Spam App Angers Regulators – Bloomberg

Do I need to report this breach?

How does a data controller know, in the case of a personal data breach, whether it must report the breach to the supervisory authorities? How can we prevent “notification fatigue” or meaningless notifications to authorities? This article will explore such questions. In the majority of jurisdictions, personal data protection regulations impose a mandatory requirement to notify individuals and/or supervisory authorities when a personal data breach has occurred, even where personal data is not affected.

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New duty to notify data breaches will provide general benefits to data privacy and security

Data security and privacy will be bolstered by the introduction of new data breach reporting requirements, the UK’s information commissioner has said.

Source: New duty to notify data breaches will provide general benefits to data privacy and security, says UK watchdog

Essential cyber security tips for businesses

Data is the new oil, and hackers are constantly looking for new, and better, ways to steal or manipulate this vital business asset for their own purposes. Despite the advances the cyber security industry is making in developing data protection tools, the sophistication of hackers is increasing at a similar pace.

So here’s ten cyber security tips your business needs, from an ethical hacker.

Source: Essential cyber security tips for UK businesses | Gallery | Computerworld UK

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