Personal information of 10.6 million guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels was hacked last summer.
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The European Commission report “European strategy for data” wants to force dominant tech companies to have to open up their troves of data to smaller rivals, as other sectors such as financial services already do.
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Amazon’s email servers, used for direct communication between customers and third-party sellers on the platform, do not allow baseline industry encryption in some cases, breaking security rules under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. A complaint to the German Dataprotection Authority was filed by Non-profit group noyb, led by privacy activist Max Schrems
Read more about this story at: https://www.reuters.com/article/europe-privacy-amazoncom/austrian-privacy-activist-schrems-files-complaint-against-amazon-idUSL8N2AJ4ZJ
Four members of China’s military were charged with hacking into credit reporting agency Equifax, and stealing trade secrets and the personal data of about 145 million Americans in 2017.
Read more about this topic at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/us/politics/equifax-hack-china.html
Chat logs analyzers with Artificial Intelligence are on the rise defining matching among others interest, intents, attitude, opinions, personality and character with a score on likelihood. But what happens with this data in the future and did the counter party agree on this privacy statement when you exported your chat log with him or her? Do you think it’s time for a Personal AI Assistant, helping you with dating, relations and love in chat?
Read more about this topic at: https://www.wired.com/story/ai-apps-texting-flirting-romance/
Why TV sets are getting so cheap? James Carville said: it’s the data, stupid. TVs are in the lucrative business of harvesting and sharing your information. Americans spend an average of 3½ hours in front of a TV each day, according to eMarketer. Your TV records stores the history of your interests, personality, joys and embarrassments. Bad news is legally speaking, you gave your permission by accepting the privacy statement.
Read more about this topic at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/09/18/you-watch-tv-your-tv-watches-back/
If it is up to the Austrian government, names and address details of users of popular forums and websites will be registered from next year, so that their details can be requested from the relevant platform in the event of an investigation.
Users can still post comments under a pseudonym. With the bill, which should come into effect next year, the Austrian government wants to tackle anonymity on the web, said Gernot Blümel, Minister of Media Affairs. The law should apply to websites and forums with more than 100,000 registered users in Austria, or when the platform in Austria has a turnover of more than 500,000 euros per year or receives a press subsidy from the government of more than 50,000 euros.
Users must first enter their name, address and alias before they can post comments on a website or forum. Offering the option to respond anonymously is no longer permitted. It is up to the internet platforms to determine the identity of their users.
In addition to the bill, it is proposed to use two-factor authentication with the telephone number of the user. Since the beginning of this year, all SIM cards in Austria must be registered with the user’s proof of identity, reports Der Standard.
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The Polish data protection authority has for the first time imposed a fine on a company for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPRG). The company, whose name is not mentioned, processed personal data obtained from public sources. It would be about 6 million records. The persons in question were not aware of this and were not informed by the company. “As a result, the data administrator has deprived them of the opportunity to exercise their rights,” said Urzad Ochrony Danych Osobowych, the Polish privacy regulator. He imposed a fine of 220,000 euros on the company.
Read more about this topic at: https://www.ceelegalblog.com/2019/03/pln-1-million-fine-for-gdpr-violation/?
The passwords of millions of Facebook users were accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network. Security researcher Brian Krebs broke the news about data protection failures, which saw up to 600 million passwords stored in plain text. Most of the people affected were users of Facebook Lite, which tends to be used in nations where net connections are sparse and slow.
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A man sent Google and Facebook invoices for items they hadn’t purchased and that he hadn’t provided, which Google and Facebook paid anyway. Apparently, no one checked first to see if these corresponded to invoices/POs that had been issued within the companies.
Read more about this topic at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/24/evaldas-rimasauskas.html