ABC's of Privacy This Week - Dec 26, 2019

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 thatit discovered malware on its payment processing servers. Customer informationsuch as debit and credit card numbers, expiration dates, and cardholders' nameswere compromised in this data breach. Their CEO, Chris Geysens, says that themalware was contained immediately, and an investigation is ongoing.

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Shaw Customers Notified of Potential Data Breach

Telecommunications company Shaw has notified severalof its customers that it suffered a potential data breach back in June. Thecompany may have compromised some consumer information. The telecom companysaid that the documents did not include any financial information, such ascredit card numbers of personal identifiers like birthdates. Customers wereadvised 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 toclean up how their apps handle user information or face possible penalties.Violators in earlier crackdowns have lost licenses or suffered other penaltiesthat cut into revenue or depressed their company's share price. The governmentrequires operators of websites and social media services to enforce dataprotection rules immediately.

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Human Rights Commission Wants to Adjust Privacy Laws

The Australian Human Rights Commission has calledon the Australian government to modernize privacy and human rights laws to takeinto account the rise of artificial intelligence. The commission has recommendedfor a strategy which can promote responsible innovation and protect humanrights. The discussion paper also proposed that the Australian governmentappoint an appropriate independent body to assess the efficacy of existingethical frameworks for the protection and promotion of human rights.

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