If 60’s and 70’s programmers had anticipated that their code would still be in use thirty-odd years later, we wouldn’t have needed a massive effort to fix the installed codebase before the century rolled over. But they didn’t, and we did. A lot of money was spent. The world didn’t end on the 1st of … Continue reading Y2K wasn’t a rip-off; neither is GDPR
So today we have the news that a top plastic surgery outfit has been breached by hackers. Included in the haul: before and after pictures of celebrities’ improved nether regions. Never thought I’d be able to include labiaplasty as a keyword in this blog. Hard to think of anything more intrusive by way of data … Continue reading Article 9 – it’s not just a number
It's been a big week for security news. Parliamentary email hacked, UK politician logon credentials circulating for sale, a massive (paper) data breach at the NHS, another massive ransomware outbreak, Boomerang Video fined... Wait, what? Who the hell are Boomerang Video? Boomerang are a small video-game rental operation. Their website was hacked in 2014 and … Continue reading Yes, data protection matters to you too
I was talking to someone about data security yesterday afternoon, and mentioned the Mexican data breach where 93.4m citizen records were left in an unsecured cloud database – and immediately stolen – as an example of the carelessness people seem to experience when taking advantage of cheap web storage and processing. Pretty much while I … Continue reading At least make a token effort
This morning, I suggested that Admiral's proposed use of Facebook data to profile drivers and set insurance premium discounts might breach the General Data Protection Regulation. This afternoon, Facebook announced that they were blocking Admiral's app from using their data in this way. Coincidence?
What is it? Despite the name, it’s not a feminine hygiene product. It’s the long-awaited replacement for Safe Harbour, the data protection scheme allowing data on EU citizens to be exported to the US for processing. You can read more on this blog about why Safe Harbour needed replacing. When does it take effect? It … Continue reading Privacy Shield – (some of) what you need to know
British businesses are immune from cyber-threat. They must be, because when I sit down to compile the list of recent compromises I use to support my talks, the examples are always American. So it can’t possibly be happening here. Never mind the Barclaycard-backed survey that reported that 48% of the surveyed businesses had been hit … Continue reading Don’t ask, don’t tell
Facebook are in trouble again. You remember how a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student, ended up bringing down Safe Harbour – the scheme that allowed EU citizen data to be sent to the US for processing? Well, now Facebook is being investigated by the German anti-cartel authority. The headline is that they … Continue reading A taste of things to come
What are the GDPR? New regulations that are presently expected to come in to force in 2018, governing how companies operating in the EU deal with the personal data of EU residents. What is personal data? Any information that may be used to single out an individual. This is a broader definition than the one … Continue reading General Data Protection Regulations – the headlines
Still chewing through the GDPR, so that’ll have to wait. In the meantime, more evidence that the nicest word we can use to describe the current state of data protection in Europe is…disconnected. First we have the European Commission desperately trying to reach an accommodation with the US on Safe Harbour after the European Court … Continue reading Left hand, right hand, other hand – what a mess!