Why are we surprised about the amount and sensitivity of data that mobile apps collect? The online industry has never been forthright about it. That's why we're faced with a yawning gap between user expectations and true privacy. And it's why Facebook, Google, Apple and others have many questions to answer.
Technology giants stand accused by a U.K. parliamentary committee of risking democracy in pursuit of profit, acting as monopolies and blocking attempts to hold them accountable. But Parliament's probe into disinformation and "fake news" reserves special scorn for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
A security consultancy discovered Facebook user data exposed in two different places online without authentication or encryption. The data, which is now offline, came from an Android app that purported to offer statistical information to logged-in users.
Britain's intelligence establishment has reportedly concluded that any risks posed by Chinese-built Huawei networking equipment used as part of the country's 5G rollout can be minimized if the process is appropriately managed.
Medical device cybersecurity risks should be viewed as an enterprise problem, say Tracey Hughes of Duke University Health Systems and Clyde Hewitt of security consultancy CynergisTek, who outline critical security steps.
Many healthcare organizations are falling short in their incident response plans, says Mark Dill, principal consultant at tw-Security. The former director of information security at the Cleveland Clinic discusses best practices for keeping those programs current in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.
The Trump administration is leading a broadside against Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE. But concerns that Chinese networking gear could be used as backdoors for facilitating state-sponsored surveillance or disrupting critical infrastructure are not limited to America.
Healthcare organizations should steer clear of connecting internet of things devices to their networks unless they serve a precise medical purpose, says attorney Julia Hesse, a featured speaker at the HIMSS19 Conference.
Germany's competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has prohibited Facebook from combining user data from different sources unless users consent, and it has also prohibited Facebook from blocking users who do not provide this consent. Facebook has one month to appeal the antitrust decision.
Since the EU's GDPR went into full effect, European data protection authorities have received over 59,000 data breach reports, with the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. receiving the greatest number of notifications, according to the law firm DLA Piper.
In 2018, the Identity Theft Resource Center counted 1,244 U.S. data breaches - involving the likes of Facebook, Marriott and Exactis - that exposed 447 million sensitive records, such as Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses and payment card data.
Apple says it has engineered a server-side fix for a flaw in its FaceTime messaging app and plans to issue a patch for clients this week. The patches will resolve a situation jokingly dubbed "FacePalm" that revealed a bug-reporting gap.
As the U.K. teeters on the edge of a "no deal" Brexit, the country's information commissioner has warned businesses to prepare, saying that any organization that handles Europeans' personal data must ensure they have a legal transfer arrangement in place for continuing to do so.
Apple's conflict with Facebook this week resulted in the most effective and quickest punishment the social network has ever received over a privacy issue. But should a multi-billion dollar tech company like Apple be picking up the slack for the digital privacy enforcement failures of governments?
Apple has revoked Facebook's enterprise certificate, leaving the social network's employees unable to access internal iOS apps, after Facebook used it to distribute an app that monitored smartphone activity, sometimes from minors, in exchange for monthly payments. Facebook says it did nothing wrong.