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(Apr 23, 2015) Greetings from Brussels! Key this week was the emergence of the POLITICO Europe Edition service. For those of you who were familiar with the European Voice weekly paper and online service as a source of regulatory information emanating from Brussels, well, it is no longer, having been acquired by POLITICO, the Washington, DC-based media outlet. I read somewhere they mean to rival major European media outlets such as the London-based Financial Times; what is certain is that a significant invest... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Video: Murphy on Ireland's Lead DPA Role

(Apr 23, 2015) Irish Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy addressed the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive in London, UK, last week, focusing on Ireland's role as the lead data protection authority to many of the world's largest digital companies and arguing against protectionism in the EU's data protection and digital policies. Will Ireland be able to staff an office capable of regulating the behemoths of the Internet Age? Murphy said it's his job to find a way. Hear his rationale in this excl... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

The GDPR, Advocacy Groups’ Privacy Concerns and More

(Apr 23, 2015) The proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) is on its way, but Olivier Proust, CIPP/E, writes for Privacy Tracker that it's probably going to take another year, and a coalition of more than 60 rights groups has written to the European Commission (EC) with “concerns that new data protection laws currently being worked on will actually erode individuals' data protection and privacy rights.” Separately, the EC “plans to introduce new rules for online text message and phone services,” Out... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Will Algorithm Bill Become EU Blueprint?

(Apr 23, 2015) POLITICO Europe reports that an algorithm transparency bill that made its way through the upper chamber of France's legislature has "fairly little chance" of becoming law. "There is no European legislation on this subject, and that's the whole problem," said the French Senate Culture Commission Administrator Jean-Pascal Picy, who noted while there was almost no chance of the bill passing, “The idea of pushing a law on the national stage is to awaken minds and to show that it's possible, perhaps ultimately to serve as a foundation for a European text." Meanwhile, an antiterrorism bill being debated by French lawmakers is drawing criticism. Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

ICO Investigates Firms; CNIL Receives Hundreds of RTBF Complaints

(Apr 23, 2015) In the UK, “173 law firms were investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act last year,” CBR reports. Of 187 incidents, about one-third involved data security and one-quarter involved incorrect "disclosure of data," the report states. And The Register reports that France’s Data Protection Authority, the CNIL, “received 260 complaints last year related to the so-called 'right to be forgotten' ruling.” Meanwhile, The Guardian reports th... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Smartphone Fingerprint Flaw Uncovered

(Apr 23, 2015) Security researchers have said they’ve found a flaw in Samsung’s S5 smartphone that allows hackers to use copies of a user’s fingerprints to unlock the phone, BBC News reports. The flaw found in Android-based phones and uncovered by security firm FireEye, makes it possible to capture the biometric data before it’s locked away securely, according to researchers Yulong Zhang and Tao Wei. Samsung said it takes security “very seriously” and is looking into the findings. Zhang and Wei are slated to present their research on Friday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA. Read More

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Vixie: Privacy Debate May Change Internet as We Know It

(Apr 22, 2015) In the second of a two-part interview with Information Security Media Group, CEO of Farsight Security and founding member of ICANN Paul Vixie discusses the future of the Internet. “Turns out the people who thought that independence, freedom and privacy were good things, and transparency—especially transparency of government action—would be facilitated by the Internet, were wrong,” he says, predicting growth of encryption technologies. Vixie says “perfect forward secrecy” is what’s coming. “It’s where most of the tricks that the governments have been relying on are going to stop working. We're going to see both sides bending toward extremism and bouncing back, and I think we are at least 10 years away from discovering a happy medium.” Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Privacy Compliance Tool Released by Nymity

(Apr 22, 2015) Nymity has announced a new privacy compliance tool to help privacy offices “optimize” privacy. Nymity Research aggregates compliance developments to help organizations meet requirements, helps report to organization stakeholders and minimizes compliance risk. Nymity President and Founder Terry McQuay, CIPM, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, said, it “is the next generation compliance solution for privacy officers” and will help save “time and introduce new concepts such as push knowledge, monthly pre-configured employee newsletters, pre-configured management reports, privacy officer training and on-demand chat supported by former privacy officers.” Read More

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Research Unveils HTTPS-Crippling Bug

(Apr 21, 2015) Ars Technica reports approximately 1,500 iPhone and iPad apps include a bug that makes HTTPS encryption vulnerable, providing a way for adversaries to obtain encrypted passwords, bank account numbers and other sensitive information. The bug was uncovered by researchers last month and stems from a legacy version of an open-sourced code library called AFNetworking. The library allows developers to drop networking capabilities directly into their apps. AFNetworking has provided a patch, but not all... Read More

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On the Need for Better Data Visualization Tools

(Apr 21, 2015) Corporate networks are getting more complex, making it more difficult for security professionals to defend them against cyberattacks, The Wall Street Journal reports, and increasing the need for better data visualization programs. Too much time is spent looking at lines of code, and vendors have offered some visual solutions. “Unfortunately, they’re still circa 1998,” said Creative Solutions in Healthcare Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer Shawn Wiora. “Security is ... Read More

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