Cybersafety Sentinel August 2023 Week 1

Claudiu’s Top Post

According to the Federal Trade Commission, “Amazon’s history of misleading parents, keeping children’s recordings indefinitely, and flouting parents’ deletion requests violated COPPA and sacrificed privacy for profits”. So how did “the everything store” get away with a “disregard for privacy and security that exposed consumers to spying and harassment” by paying a relatively small $30 million fine while continuing to avoid billions in U.S., European and Canadian taxes? Read More

SEC Approves Cyber Incident Reporting

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to adopt rules requiring publicly traded companies to report cyberattacks, but softened elements of its initial proposals after pushback from the private sector.“Whether a company loses a factory in a fire, or millions of files in a cybersecurity incident, it may be material to investors,” said Gary Gensler, the SEC’s chair, in a virtual meeting of the agency’s commissioners. Read More

B.C. Health Websites Cyberattack

A cyberattack on three websites hosted by the Health Employers Association of British Columbia may have seized the personal information of thousands of people working or applying to work in B.C.’s public health care sector. Michael McMillian, CEO of the association, said stolen information could include social insurance numbers, home addresses, passport and driver’s licence details, along with other personal information. He said 240,000 email addresses alone were possibly taken. Read More

Implications of Biometrics and Data Privacy

Modern biometrics have been around for decades, but thanks to the rapid evolution of technology, they’ve found themselves at somewhat of a crossroads in the digital age. It’s not just that organizations keep personal biometric data on people out there; it’s how it’s collected, used and stored that quickly snowballs into a bigger issue. Sure, we have a federal data privacy law in the works while states do their own thing, but rarely can anything keep up with how fast technology advances. Read More

Parenting Influencers Embrace Child Privacy

Grant Khanbalinov hates that when you Google the names of his children, they’re listed as TikTok stars. He doesn’t like that strangers know their birthdays. It bothers him that his son and daughter are featured on snark pages dedicated to trashing family vloggers. But what gets him the most is that he ever opened them up to the internet in the first place. Khanbalinov is one of a growing number of content creators who built considerable online platforms sharing the details of their children’s lives before changing their minds and making the switch from ‘“sharenting”’ to limiting their kids’ online footprint. Read More

California Probes Connected Cars’ Privacy

California’s newly empowered privacy regulators announced their first case Monday, a probe of the data practices of newer-generation cars that are often or always connected to the internet. The California Privacy Protection Agency said its enforcement division would review manufacturer’s treatment of data collected from vehicles, including locations, smartphone connections and images from cameras. The agency was established by a 2020 ballot initiative that toughened the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Read More