Google says it closely vets third-party party applications that peek into Gmail boxes. But an investigation by the Wall Street Journal raises questions if consumers are fully aware of the consequences of granting access to third-party apps and the practices of email-scanning companies.
Companies are sending notification emails about a data breach at Typeform, a software-as-a-service platform for distributing and managing surveys, questionnaires and competitions. The breach is so far known to affect Travelodge, Fortnum & Mason, Monzo bank and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.
A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania has indicted a former patient coordinator on several counts of wrongfully obtaining and disclosing the health information of others. The case is the latest rare example of prosecutors pursuing criminal charges for HIPAA violations.
Numerous technology firms now offer facial biometrics recognition search tools for big data sets. But information security expert Alan Woodward warns that these big data sets must be "considered and regulated very heavily" or else we'll be "living in 1984 without knowing it."
Facebook has responded to more than 2,000 questions posed by U.S. Senate and House committees with 747 pages of answers, which reveal that Facebook was still been providing special access to user data to dozens of companies, six months after it says it had stopped doing so in 2015.
California's legislature has quickly introduced and passed new privacy legislation, making the state's laws the strongest in the U.S. The new law gives consumers a raft of new rights, and aims to bring more transparency to the murky trade in people's personal information.
What are hot cybersecurity topics in Scotland? The "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" in Edinburgh focused on everything from securing the internet of things the rise of CEO fraud to the origins of "cyber" and how to conduct digital forensic investigations on cloud servers.
Australian medical booking service HealthEngine says late Friday it notified 75 users of a breach that may have exposed some identifying information. The data breach is the latest in a string of problems for HealthEngine, which was caught tampering with patient reviews and using questionable marketing tactics.
Privacy rights groups are calling on the Court of Justice of the European Union to clamp down on at least 17 EU governments that require domestic telecommunications firms to store all communications data, despite the court having ruled that such mass surveillance practices are illegal.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that location data generated by mobile phones is protected by the Fourth Amendment, meaning police need "probable cause" before they can access it. The ACLU says the ruling "provides a groundbreaking update to privacy rights" in the digital age.
Australia's large online medical booking platform, HealthEngine, has become embroiled in a privacy controversy after it reportedly passed personal medical details to a personal injury law firm. HealthEngine maintains it obtained users' consent, but the revelation appears to have caught many by surprise.
A federal court recently dismissed a case filed by a patient alleging a laboratory violated HIPAA by failing to shield her personal health information from public view. The ruling once again reaffirmed a longstanding precedent that individuals cannot sue for alleged HIPAA violations.
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation is reshaping the way organizations handle data. That's going to have an impact on the sharing of threat intelligence. But the Anti-Phishing Working Group hopes the law will provide legal clarity that will make more organizations comfortable with sharing threat data.
Addressing an important privacy issue, federal regulators have issued guidance to clarify details about how patients should authorize the use or disclosure of their protected health information for future research - and their right to revoke that authorization.