Credit bureau Equifax has been hit with the maximum possible fine under U.K. law for "multiple failures" that contributed to its massive 2017 data breach, including its failure to act on a critical vulnerability alert issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Less than four months after GDPR enforcement began, Europe has arguably entered the modern data breach notification era. Reports of data breaches continue to increase, and breached organizations now face the specter of class-action lawsuits over material as well as non-material damages.
A web browser startup, Brave, has filed complaints in Europe alleging Google and other behavioral advertising companies are violating Europe's GDPR. Brave's complaints could set up one of the biggest battles so far over how personal data gets used - or abused - for targeted advertising.
Should Europe's "right to be forgotten" apply worldwide? That's the focus of a case before the EU's highest court, which has pitted proponents - including Austria and France - against Google, Microsoft and the European Commission, who argue that the EU law provision should only apply in Europe.
The British Airways breach, in which up to 380,000 website and mobile users' payment card details were stolen, traces to card-scraping code injected into a script on the airline's website by the cybercrime group called Magecart, says security firm RiskIQ.
British Airways is warning customers that it suffered a hack attack that compromised up to 380,000 customers' payment cards as well as personal data over a 15-day period. The airline says it was alerted to the breach by a business partner that monitors its websites.
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which has tough breach notification requirements, is spurring global interest in technologies to help prevent insider breaches, says Tony Pepper of Egress Software Technologies.
Three months after the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect, the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says that the number of data protection complaints it has received from individuals has nearly doubled.
Facebook is making substantial investments to improve its data security and privacy practices. But the long-term cost of those investments and impact on the bottom line has spooked investors, leading to a $120 billion loss in market value on Thursday, the largest one-day loss of value for a U.S. traded company.
Under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, within 72 hours of an organization learning about the data breach, it must report the breach to relevant authorities or face fines. The U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says it's already seen the volume of self-reported breaches quadruple.
A Spanish consumer rights organization says telecommunications company Telefónica has fixed an elementary security error in its Movistar website that potentially exposed billing invoices for millions of customers. Telefónica says it hasn't detected fraudulent use of the data.