ABC’s of Privacy This Week –Dec 26, 2019

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UK To Launch Big Tech Regulator Post-Brexit

The United Kingdom is planning to create a new technology regulator to monitor big tech companies after Brexit is completed. The regulator will control companies like Facebook and Google and will have the authority to enforce new rules meant to curb anti-competition issues and to protect consumer data from being used and sold without permission.

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Wawa Hit with Malware Data Breach

Convenience and fuel chain Wawa announced that it discovered malware on its payment processing servers. Customer information such as debit and credit card numbers, expiration dates, and cardholders’ names were compromised in this data breach. Their CEO, Chris Geysens, says that the malware was contained immediately, and an investigation is ongoing.

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Shaw Customers Notified of Potential Data Breach

Telecommunications company Shaw has notified several of its customers that it suffered a potential data breach back in June. The company may have compromised some consumer information. The telecom company said that the documents did not include any financial information, such as credit card numbers of personal identifiers like birthdates. Customers were advised to change their password, and further investigations are on.

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Current News

Facebook Separates Security Tool From Friend Suggestions

Facebook has long been under scanner over user-privacy related concerns. The tech giant recently announced that it’d no longer feed the user phone numbers that are provided to it for two-factor authentication (2FA) into its “people you may know” feature. The change is being applied in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Libya, and Cambodia this week.

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China Targets Tech Giants in App Privacy Crackdown

Chinese tech companies were ordered by regulators to clean up how their apps handle user information or face possible penalties. Violators in earlier crackdowns have lost licenses or suffered other penalties that cut into revenue or depressed their company’s share price. The government requires operators of websites and social media services to enforce data protection rules immediately.

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Human Rights Commission Wants to Adjust Privacy Laws

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called on the Australian government to modernize privacy and human rights laws to take into account the rise of artificial intelligence. The commission has recommended for a strategy which can promote responsible innovation and protect human rights. The discussion paper also proposed that the Australian government appoint an appropriate independent body to assess the efficacy of existing ethical frameworks for the protection and promotion of human rights.

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