ABC's of privacy this week-April 1, 2020


  • CSE urges COVID-19 researchers to protect data

According toThe Globe and Mail, Canada's Communications Security Establishment, a federalintelligence agency, is urging COVID-19 researchers to protect personal detailsas 'sophisticated threat actors' may look to steal 'key research toward avaccine.'

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  • Apple's Safari blocks third-party cookies.

According toThe Verge, Apple's Safari now blocks all third-party cookies. The company hasrecently updated Safari's Intelligent Tracking Prevention, the privacy featurethat allows the web browser to block cookies. ITP also has safeguards againsttracking users through digital fingerprints.

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  • CNIL discusses BYOD best practices

The CNIL,France's data protection authority, has published its guidance on bestpractices for privacy and data security associated with the concept ofbring-your-own-device or BYOD. The CNIL has also noted that employers areresponsible for the security of company data stored on devices that are not theirown. Additionally, CNIL also recommended that all BYOD issues can be reduced byrisk assessment and formalized measures within security policies. (The originalpost is in French)

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Data Breaches

  • Data breach impacts GE employees

According to Tech Radar, personal information of General electric employees, both current and former, was exposed in a data breach at one of the company's service providers. From the 3rd to the 14th of February 2020, an unauthorized party accessed a Cannon Business Process Services employee email account containing the documents with names, addresses, social security numbers, passport, and bank account numbers of current GE employees, former employees, and beneficiaries. GE is reportedly taking preventative measures after the breach.

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Current News

  • Dutch DPA examining the auto industry's GDPRcompliance

AutoriteitPersoonsgegevens, the Dutch data protection authority, announced that it hadbegun an investigation into EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)compliance of automobile companies. The study will reportedly focus on whetherthe manufacturers have violated GDPR compliance with their work on connectedvehicles. While the goal is to have a report by end of summer, the AP admitsthat the release might be delayed due to the effect of COVID-19. (The originalarticle is in Dutch)

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  • Trudeau-Canada will not use location data to trackCOVID-19 for now.

CBC Newsreports, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has said that Canada isnot considering using location data to track COVID-19 as of now. However, healso made a point to ensure that he recognizes that in an emergency, they mightneed to take specific steps not required in non-emergency.  For more info:

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