One year after Europe's tough new GDPR privacy law went into full effect, authorities in Britain have seen the number of annual data breach notifications more than quadruple. Meanwhile, the number of data protection complaints filed by Europeans has doubled.
A federal grand jury has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 18 counts under the U.S. Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified material, the Justice Department announced Thursday. He's currently serving a prison sentence in the U.K. and fighting extradition to the U.S.
A House panel has approved a measure designed to make sure Congress is informed when U.S. companies sell offensive cyber technologies to other nations' governments. The measure was introduced after a U.S. firm sold technologies to the United Arab Emirates that were used to target activists and journalists.
European privacy authorities have received nearly 65,000 data breach notifications since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect in May 2018. Privacy regulators have also imposed at least $63 million in GDPR fines.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange returned to court on Thursday and told a British judge that he would not voluntarily accept extradition to the U.S. to face a charge of helping to hack into a Pentagon computer, setting up a legal fight that could take months.
Washington State University has agreed to pay more than $4.7 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the theft of a portable hard disk drive from a self-storage unit. The drive contained information - much of it unencrypted - on more than 1 million individuals.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's hacker roots and nontraditional approach to journalism may prove damaging following his arrest on Thursday. He's been charged with one count of conspiracy, but U.S. prosecutors still have time to file more serous charges pending his extradition from the U.K.
Dark patterns are out to get you. The term describes the practice of abusing usability norms to create user interfaces that trick users into divulging their personal details or sacrificing their privacy. Bipartisan legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate, however, would make malicious design illegal.
Yahoo is hoping a revamped proposed breach-related settlement will pass muster with a federal judge who rejected the first one for myriad reasons, including high attorney fees and a lack of transparency. The settlement totals $117.5 million, just ahead of health insurer Anthem's $115 million settlement.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an in-depth look at the ever-changing ransomware threat. Other topics: filling the DevSecOps skills gap and the repercussions of Australia's encryption-busting law.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, has introduced legislation that would pave the way for top executives at major corporations to face criminal charges if their company's wrongdoing leads to harm, such as a major data breach. While business groups immediately criticized the plan, consumer advocates praised it.
Legislation introduced last week would give the U.S. Senate's sergeant at arms responsibility to help secure the personal devices and online accounts used by senators and their staff to help ward off cyberattacks and other threats.
A proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against ULCA Health in the wake of a 2015 cyberattack affecting 4.5 million individuals stands apart from other settlements because it requires the organization to spend a substantial sum on improving its security, says attorney Steven Teppler.
Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal officer, says Australia's encryption-busting law is causing companies and governments to look elsewhere to store their data. Microsoft hasn't changed it own local operations yet, but other companies say they're no longer comfortable storing data there, he says.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference has concluded, finding no evidence that President Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow, although Mueller declined to exonerate Trump over obstruction of justice, says U.S. Attorney General William Barr.