Well, I guess you can about monetize anything nowadays. According to a story I first encountered at databreaches.net, a Canadian man who bought used servers has alerted Ernst & Young (and the Canadian Privacy Commissioner) that he’s holding their data… and asking for compensation. Only if the data had been protected with something like AlertBoot’s […] read more
Another data breach lawsuit, another case that’s tossed out of court for “lack of standing.” When TRICARE was saddled with one of the largest data breaches of all time – over 4.7 million people affected when backup tapes were stolen from a parked car – it was certain that SAIC, the vendor who was at […] read more
In the U.S., there are certain organizations that are required to notify people if sensitive information is breached. For example, under HIPAA (essentially, regulations that govern patient privacy issues by so-called “covered entities”), the loss of laptops with PHI – personal health information – are reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. (Except […] read more
People in the legal sector have sought our services to protect portable digital devices. It’s not surprising, really: legal professionals have taken up technology for better efficiency and mobility, and you’d be hard pressed to find a lawyer or a paralegal who didn’t own a laptop or a smartphone (or both), or one who doesn’t […] read more
Last week (28 April to 4 May 2013) was “Privacy Awareness Week” in the Asia Pacific region. Australia is one of the entities that participates in PAW (the others are, in alphabetical order, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, and the USA). As part of the awareness campaign, the Office of the Australian […] read more
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Germany’s Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (more specifically, of the Schleswig-Holstein region) have agreed that anonymized (or, as American’s generally spell it, “anonymized”) personal data need guarantee full privacy. In a sense, this makes sense when you consider that the use of encryption software like AlertBoot is seen […] read more
One of the areas where you can always expect to find data breaches is academia. For as long as I have been following data security news stories for this blog, data breaches involving a university setting has cropped up at least every six months. It makes sense, in a way: university settings generally tend to […] read more
UK BYOD Protection: Information Commissioner’s Office Seeking Custodial Sentences, Clarifies Monetary Penalty Not About Data Breaches.
The Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith, from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), made an appearance at the 13th Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in London. Among other things, he noted that the ICO is still actively seeking custodial sentences — another way of saying jail time — for data breaches, and has noted […] read more
Laptop Data Security: Anonymous Releases 1 M Apple UDIDs, Says FBI Hacked (Updated: BlueToad Admits To Data Breach).
It’s being reported all over the internet that an FBI special agent’s laptop was hacked and that over 12 million Apple UDIDs were stolen from it by hackers belonging to the hacktivist group Anonymous. While the incident raises a number of questions, it’s also an example that clearly shows that mobile data security can be […] read more
Well, it was just a matter of time: the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is reportedly reviewing its “Google WiSpy case,” the same case that was dismissed with a slap on the corporate titan’s wrist. Not once, but twice. A brief summary of what happened to date: Google was caught collecting vast amount of data as […] read more