We need more than deplatforming

We need more than deplatforming

Commit to meaningful transparency of platform algorithms so we know how and what content is being amplified, to whom, and the associated impact.These are actions the platforms can and should commit to today.

Suspected Russian hackers spied on US federal agencies

Suspected Russian hackers spied on US federal agencies

On Monday, the US national security council said it was working closely with the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) “to coordinate a swift and effective whole-of-government recovery and response to the recent compromise.”.

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

As part of the preparatory work for drafting the DSA, three of the European Parliament’s specialist committees have drawn up recommendations for what should be included: those for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Legal Affairs, and Civil Liberties.

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

As companies look to transition to a new normal in 2021, Forrester has forecasted that data privacy matters will become more pressing, while potential budgeting issues and evolving international relations are set to impact cyber security professionals.

Ottawa police conducting internal investigation into online video targeting chief, Sloly says

Ottawa police conducting internal investigation into online video targeting chief, Sloly says

“I have no idea if any member of the Ottawa Police Service or any other police service was involved in the creation or distribution of that,” Sloly said.Sloly said the service “would investigate any incident that affects our community and any incident that could affect the reputation of our service.

The 5 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

The 5 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

During the final sale of its core internet business to Verizon in 2017, Yahoo admitted they had actually been the target of several different large scale data breaches bringing the new number of compromised accounts to a staggering 3 billion.

How We’re Preparing Businesses for the Impact of iOS 14

How We’re Preparing Businesses for the Impact of iOS 14

In June, Apple announced iOS 14 updates that, among other changes, require apps to ask users for permission to collect and share data using Apple’s device identifier.

Court finds UK police use of facial recognition technology breaches privacy rights, data protection laws and equality laws

Court finds UK police use of facial recognition technology breaches privacy rights, data protection laws and equality laws

A year ago UK human rights campaigners described the increasing use of automated facial recognition systems by the police as putting “arsenic in the water of democracy “.

Redcar and Cleveland Attack Recovery Cost Over £10m

Redcar and Cleveland Attack Recovery Cost Over £10m

Whilst the council had industry standard tools deployed to secure its computer network at the time of the attack, which it said had been configured to provide optimum protection, it has since made additional improvements to its cyber-defenses, with further upgrades planned.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

If you have no patch available yet or your device is not supported anymore, you can try to mitigate the impact by some generic behavior rules: Only enable Bluetooth if strictly necessary.

Should we be more worried about our safety online?

Should we be more worried about our safety online?

We had a comment sent in from Sarah , who thinks young people don’t care enough about their safety online, and are instead obsessed with the number of “views” and “likes” they get.Do young people care about “views” and “likes” more than their safety online?

Hikvision and DahuaTech have been banned by the U.S. Gov

Hikvision and DahuaTech have been banned by the U.S. Gov

Following the U.S. Government’s decision on technology developed by Chinese manufacturers, multiple investors from Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Zhejian Dahua Technology (the two largest surveillance camera manufacturers in the world) decided to get rid of the company’s shares because, according to the cybersecurity specialists, they fear that the impact of this decision will be extended to the rest of their business.

Google's privacy push adds Incognito Mode for Maps and Search

Google's privacy push adds Incognito Mode for Maps and Search

Filters that auto-delete web & app activity will become available starting today with support for auto deleting your location history "in the coming weeks," and he also announced extensions for the Incognito Mode you're familiar with from Chrome.

Advertisers Are Hedging on Google as It Enacts GDPR-Compliant Policies

Advertisers Are Hedging on Google as It Enacts GDPR-Compliant Policies

Sources say there are “literally dozens” of RFPs for buy-side ad servers in the North American market at present, with the vast majority of these issued by advertisers reflecting on the impact of Google’s GDPR-compliance policies—i.e., limiting data passbacks to advertisers using its DoubleClick ad stack— that hampered their attempts to implement independent attribution strategies, and in some cases outright shut them down.

Tech skills in most demand this year: data, cloud and cybersecurity

Tech skills in most demand this year: data, cloud and cybersecurity

Almost every job in tech now requires security awareness and basic know-how." The Hays report, based on 2,000 companies, finds that 70 percent of IT employers say they face a moderate-to-extreme skills shortage of IT professionals.

Opinion | We Should Be Able to Take Facebook to Court

Opinion | We Should Be Able to Take Facebook to Court

Under the view that consumers must show “concrete” harm, it would not be enough to show that a company violated the law by, for example, sharing information without permission.

Facebook has 5 ‘core values.’ Guess where ‘protect users’ ranks

Facebook has 5 ‘core values.’ Guess where ‘protect users’ ranks

The disappointing details, reported by The New York Times, call to mind the sage observation of poet Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” In every company there is some gap between professed core values and the lived values that actually guide decisions and actions.

Moody's is going to start building the risk of a business-ending hack into its credit ratings

Moody's is going to start building the risk of a business-ending hack into its credit ratings

"If you look at the history of data breach and data disclosure issues, they're not quite as impactful as the business disruption events," Vadala said.

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Google’s UK head Ronan Harris is understood to have asked ministers about the potential impact of Brexit on laws around the transfer of data. Google’s advertising business relies heavily upon retaining user data, and Brexit will see the government have to form a new data-sharing agreement with the European Union.