More than 14,000 data breaches have been logged in the UK alone during the first year since the introduction of new data protection laws.
Between May 25 2018, the day which #GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was introduced, and the beginning of May this year, the UK's #ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) received a total of 14,072 #databreach notifications.
The number is up four times on the data breaches it logged from April 2017-18, which stood at 3,311.
New laws were designed to give people more control and access to the personal data collected from them by organisations, with more transparency and the threat of larger fines to those in breach of the rules also introduced.
A year after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation ( #GDPR ) took effect, the question remains, are companies truly ready? The answer, as it turns out, is an equivocal ‘more or less’. One could say it is “by definition, more or less”, since the notion of “ready” or “compliant”, let alone a 100% completion percentage, does not exist in this discipline.
Despite the massive preparation, the #IAPP survey found there is still a long road ahead. Less than half of respondents said they are fully compliant with GDPR and one in five said they believe that full compliance is impossible to measure.
Making comprehensive changes to business practices was the top barrier to GDPR compliance, at 64%, in 2018 and the needle isn’t expected to have moved all that much in the year since implementation, IAPP found.
Companies behind the curve need to accelerate their GDPR readiness but stay mindful that compliance is not a tick-box exercise nor is it possible to use paper or Excel spreadsheets to stay on top of the requisite controls.
However onerous, there is an upside to the struggle. Companies that go through the process of GDPR spring cleaning and compliance will find they have better governance, more transparency into what’s happening in the organization, and in the end, a much clearer shot at better decision making
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Researchers from #Chinese cybersecurity firm #Qihoo 360's NetLab have revealed details of an ongoing credit card hacking campaign that is currently stealing payment card information of customers visiting more than 105 e-commerce websites.
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(set up by Australian web security expert @troyhunt).
Type in your email address and it will list the websites and apps on which your passwords have been compromised, if any. (Link in bio⬆️🔝👆 so give it a try.) Try the emails of family members too.
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It is easy to forget about old devices. When supplying a new phone or laptop, the priority is to get the new device working well rather than worrying about what happens to the old ones. This could be a bottom desk drawer, or an old cupboard at home, both common graveyards for forgotten devices, where they collect dust, until sent to the local dump sometime later. (if ever) 😏