Privacy

​OAIC and Data61 offer up data de-identification framework | ZDNet

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and Data61 have released a guide to assist organisations to appropriately de-identify data to …

Security

WhatsApp and the UK are battling over the future of encryption

WhatsApp and the government of the United Kingdom are in a battle over the future of encryption, and there doesn't seem to be a clean resolution in sight.<p>WhatsApp refused a UK government request to create some kind of limited access for officials to read requested messages, <i>Sky News</i> reported on …

Business

Your Social Security number may not be secure. But how could we replace it?

They’re supposed to be the nine most closely guarded numbers in your life. But with an ever-growing number of companies asking for Social Security numbers — and then hit by cyber breaches exposing them — experts say the Social Security number is clearly a flawed way to accurately identify …

News (U.S.)

Ofcom rule changes – six of the best to encourage better Providers.

Ofcom yesterday announced a raft of changes to their ‘General Conditions of Entitlement’ for all Comms Providers. These changes affect nuisance …

Security

Privacy is Only a Laughing Matter on HBO Comedy Silicon Valley

Denise G. Tayloe, CEO of PRIVO, discusses COPPA and shares five tips for organizations to get out ahead of compliance risks.<p>In an episode of HBO's sitcom Silicon Valley, the fictitious startup Piper Chat discovered that by failing to include a "terms of service" agreement for their app, they had …

Security

WhatsApp rejects British government demand for 'backdoor' access to encryped messages

The news comes as UK PM appeals for technology firms to help combat terrorism.<p>Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp reportedly rejected a demand …

Encryption

Privacy watchdog slams BC Liberals on information requests delays

The province’s privacy watchdog has released a report slamming the former B.C. Liberal government for routinely dropping the ball with freedom of …

Security

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet with Google, Facebook and Microsoft.<p>This follows an agreement in May for G7 nations to take joint …

Security

Privacy: With iOS 11 and Safari's cookies blocking, Apple is kicking advertisers in the teeth

Apple news has been dominated -- understandably -- by the launch of the iPhone X, iPhone 8/8Plus and Apple Watch Series 3. But there's also iOS 11 to …

Advertising

Facebook and Senate Panel Scuffle Over Russia Investigation

Facebook and the Senate Intelligence Committee are butting heads over what information the tech giant must provide about its users during the panel’s …

Security

Groups blast DOJ proposal for foreign access to data stored in US

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a slew of other advocacy groups are warning U.S. lawmakers not to get behind a proposal from the …

Security

District Of Columbia Council Urged To Move Forward With Broadband Privacy Bill

A coalition of privacy advocates are urging lawmakers in the District of Columbia to move forward with a proposed law to impose new restrictions on …

Security

EU watchdog: Govt bods are seeking ‘legal knockouts’ to dodge transparency

Public bodies are taking an increasingly “legalistic” approach to disclosing information that doesn’t always support transparency, the European …

Security

Data Protection - It Isn't Just For Businesses

Data. We send and receive so much of it on a daily basis that we almost don't think about it anymore. As long as it reaches its destination, we don't think about what happens to it in-between, or even consider who may have access to it.<p>We're told to protect our personal data in a variety of ways, …

Security

New information regulator wants to get going by 2018

Recently appointed chairwoman of the Information Regulator, Pansy Tlakula, is anxious for the finalisation of legislation enabling the newly formed …

Business (South Africa)

UK Government Asked For WhatsApp To Open A Backdoor

Image: iStock<p>According to reports, the Teresa May's government demanded WhatsApp give them access to encrypted messages. That request was flatly …

Security

ECJ: Banks lending in foreign currencies must provide 'intelligible' data on risks

You earn money in one currency, but took out a major loan in another. What happens if the bet backfires: your currency dips and you can't service the …

World News

Smartphone biometrics to get increasingly sophisticated with 3D face recognition and underglass fingerprint scanners

In the past few years there has been an increasing integration of biometric sensors in smartphones. It is no longer the case that only the flagship …

Machine Perception

Veritas can reach APAC customers via GDPR | ZDNet

With less than year before the EU data privacy law kicks in, data management vendors such as Veritas can expand their Asia-Pacific customer base with …

Security

Library to amend policy for 'clarity' about how it deals with those watching porn

The Ottawa Public Library is moving toward a new policy that will require visitors to refrain from displaying offensive content on library computers …

Canadian News

Privacy czar chides B.C. over shoddy access to information practices | The Province

VICTORIA — The democratic rights of British Columbians are in jeopardy thanks to the provincial government’s failure in recent years to respond to …

Canadian News

New to iOS 11? Change these privacy and security settings right now | ZDNet

These are the most important privacy settings in iOS 11<p>New to iOS 11? The first thing you should do is take note of these privacy and security steps …

iOS

Be 'very concerned' about cell phone searches at U.S. border, says privacy czar

‘Limit the amount of information that you bring to the U.S.,” privacy commissioner tells Commons committee<p>OTTAWA – Canadians should be “very …

Security

Safari in iOS 11: Enabling Cross-Site Tracking Prevention to Protect Your Privacy

Safari in iOS 11 introduces a new tracking prevention feature that's meant to protect your privacy and make it harder for companies to track your browsing habits across multiple websites.<p>Disabling Cross-Site Tracking isn't going to cut down on the number of ads that you see, but it will make it …

iOS

Elaine Chao reduces self-driving car privacy to a footnote

Consumer privacy has taken a back seat as the Trump administration takes it first steps in writing the guidelines for autonomous vehicles.<p>Cars and trucks that will use technology to drive themselves promise to change transportation. But they raise countless new privacy issues: How will the data …

Elaine Chao

Meet the NASA Engineer Suing the Government for Searching His Smartphone

On a January morning the week after President Trump's inauguration, NASA engineer Sidd Bikkannavar flew back to the United States on an international …

Los Angeles

WhatsApp denies Government access to encrypted messages

The inability to access terrorists' encrypted conversations is creating a "black hole" for security services, according to a security …

UK News

GDPR: Nearly half a million small businesses don't have clue about new data rules

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses have no clue that there are new rules governing data coming into force within months, new figures …

Security

EU Commission just presented its cybersecurity strategy — here are 10 things they missed

Without much fanfare, the European Commission has published a new cybersecurity strategy. Although Commission President Juncker briefly touched on the issue in his State of the Union Speech, the document was published in the EU’s document database without a news release or press conference. It’s …

Cybersecurity

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

WASHINGTON — Last month, Facebook and Google came out forcefully against a bill that would hold companies accountable for hosting sex trafficking on their websites. They said that while they worked hard to combat sex trafficking, changing the law “jeopardizes bedrock principles of a free and open …

Politics