#SypherPrivacyTalks - March 2023 - Week 11

by Sypher - March 15, 2023

Welcome to #SypherPrivacyTalks - Your news and article roundup. Bringing you the top privacy & compliance stories of the week.

The EU digital strategy: The impact of data privacy on global business

mckinsey.com • 4 min read

🌱 Data regulations are evolving, and companies need to adapt rapidly. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to navigate the data privacy landscape. 

The EU digital strategy outlines several key acts that will become effective in Spring 2023. While these acts may present some challenges, they also offer exciting opportunities for data sharing and portability, reducing gatekeeper platform power, and protecting end-user rights associated with AI.

To navigate the EU digital strategy, companies should assess the impact on their business, investigate possibilities for applicability, and collaborate with governing bodies on interpreting the regulations. Additionally, they should revisit their current processes for data collection and AI to identify priority use cases where additional consent or safeguards are required… read more

Thought you'd opted out of online tracking? Think again

theregister.com • 4 min read

🤔 According to a recent study by privacy researchers Zengrui Liu, Umar Iqbal, and Nitesh Saxena, even when users opt out of data collection, their personal data is still being collected, processed, and shared by advertisers.

The study raises some serious doubts about the effectiveness of regulations as a sole means of privacy protection. It seems that users still need to rely on privacy-enhancing tools like ad/tracker blocking browser extensions and privacy-focused browsers to fully protect their privacy… read more

High street retailer WH Smith suffers a cyber attack leaking employee data

cpomagazine.com • 3 min read

⚠️ The stolen data includes the names, addresses, dates of birth, and national insurance numbers of current and former employees. However, customer data was unaffected. 

WH Smith has launched an investigation, hired third-party cyber forensics, and reported the incident to the relevant authorities. They have promised to notify all impacted individuals and support them during recovery. While the company claims that the attack had no material impact on their trading activities, the incident serves as a reminder to all employees to be vigilant and aware of the ways cybercriminals can access systems to get a hold of sensitive information. The UK is among the top targets for cyber attacks, and the number of cyber attacks has steadily increased between 2021 and 2022… read more

Drones, GDPR and privacy

heliguy.com • 11 min read

🛸 As drone technology continues to evolve, it's important to consider how this innovative tool can impact privacy and data protection. This article highlights the key GDPR considerations that drone operators must keep in mind when collecting personal data.

The article emphasises the need for transparency and obtaining consent before collecting personal data, as well as the importance of conducting privacy impact assessments to identify potential risks and mitigate them.

As drones become more prevalent in various industries, it's crucial that businesses and individuals understand and comply with GDPR regulations to ensure that this technology is used in a responsible and ethical manner… read more

Ransomware attack against Barcelona hospital disrupts operations

infosecurity-magazine.com • 2 min read

🏥 The recent ransomware attack on a Barcelona hospital underscores the critical importance of data privacy for healthcare organisations. 

This attack highlights the need for proper network segmentation, robust data protection controls, and regular data backups to protect sensitive patient information. Healthcare organisations must prioritise data privacy and take action to safeguard against cyber threats… read more

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