Personal data commissioner Irini Loizidou Nicolaidou said on Friday that people’s information should also be safeguarded on social media where serious violations have been detected recently. “This must stop at some point, hence the quite hefty fines my office has imposed recently in particular cases,” she told the Cyprus News Agency. On Thursday, her office said it had fined two people €3,000 and €5,000 in connection with one such case without giving any details. According to Politis, the fines were imposed on Anastasia Papadopoulou, the sister of Diko chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos, and Anti Zahariadou, who published the personal data of another woman on Facebook. The matter emerged before February’s election, when a report said the Papadopoulos’ law firm had forced an employee to resign because of the many absences she was registering. The woman, who is the wife of undersecretary to the president Vasilis Palmas, was seriously ill at the time. … [Read more...] about Personal data chief warns about social media
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A security flaw had exposed the personal data of at least 12 million users of Moscow’s citywide wireless Internet network, allowing potential hackers to track movements in the public transportation system for almost a year.In a blog post last month, software engineer Vladimir Serov said he had uncovered the vulnerability on the metro’s publicly available WiFi authorization page. Maxima Telecom, the company that provides WiFi services in the Moscow metro, reportedly admitted that the security flaw had existed, but said in a statement that it had since removed the vulnerability by encrypting users' profile data, while rejecting media reports that there had been a massive data leakage. The Moscow WiFi network exposed personal data “including phone numbers, gender, approximate age, marital status, wealth, your home and work stations,” the The-Village.ru website quoted Serov as saying Monday.The insecurity allowed potential hackers to trace passengers' … [Read more...] about Moscow Metro WiFi Exposed Millions of Users’ Personal Data
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on May 25, will govern the storage and processing of data rather than its collection. It also includes some very important consumer rights. The most important are the right to be informed, the right of access, the right to correct errors, the right to erase data, the right to restrict processing, and the right take it elsewhere (data portability). How useful these will be in practice remains to be seen. “Personal data” includes names, addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses, as well as whatGDPR calls “factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person”. That includes biometrics such as face, fingerprint and iris recognition, and genetic information. In other words, you may have personal data that identifies someone even if you don’t know their name. GDPR applies to companies and … [Read more...] about GDPR: how can I email data securely to comply with the new regulations?
YOU WOULD never sign a legal document without reading it through first, would you? When you bought your house, you read the contract carefully to ensure there were no hidden clauses that gave the neighbours the right to use your bathroom or sunbathe on your lawn, didn’t you? If the answer is “no” you will not be alone. For many people a kind of word blindness descends when a lengthy tract is presented and they decide, for a quiet life, to scribble their name at the end after only the most cursory of glances. The chances are that when you opened your Facebook account you didn’t study the 3,800-word Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, let alone the 9,300 words of its Data Use Policy. Whether or not, by failing to do so, you have unwittingly given away your legal rights to the sharing of the personal data you, or your friends or relatives, upload about you on Facebook is one for the lawyers to argue over. But whether you accepted the terms or not, … [Read more...] about Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal: Is your personal data safe online?
A vulnerability on T-Mobile's website may have exposed millions of customers' personal data to hackers, including their email addresses, T-Mobile customer account numbers and their phone's IMSI, a unique identifier assigned to every device. Security researcher Karan Saini discovered the flaw that allowed anyone who knew or guessed a customer's phone number to obtain data that could be used for social engineering attacks or even hijack a target's numbers, Motherboard first reported. "T-Mobile has 76 million customers, and an attacker could have run a script to scrape the data (email, name, billing account number, IMSI number, other numbers under the same account which are usually family members) from all 76 million of these customers to create a searchable database with accurate and up-to-date information of all users," Saini, founder of startup Secure7, told Motherboard. "That would effectively be classified as a very critical data breach, making every T-Mobile cell phone owner a … [Read more...] about T-Mobile website bug may have exposed millions of customers’ personal data to hackers