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Will the Google’s New Myaccount Improve Compliance with Privacy Laws?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Google’s claims that Myaccount “gives you quick access to the settings and tools that help you safeguard your data, protect your privacy, and decide what information is used to make Google services work better for you.”  In a June 1, 2015 blog Google explained that myaccount.google.com can help with the following: Take the Privacy Checkup… Continue Reading

Facebook Privacy Settings Challenged in the EU

Posted in Internet Privacy
Facebook complained that it “doesn’t make sense that 28 regulators should make different interpretations of the same law” reported by the New York Times, that “France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium — are investigating Facebook’s new privacy settings.”  The report went to say that Facebook “says it complies with Europe’s strict data protection rules”… Continue Reading

Truste Pays $200,000 Fine for Breaching Contracts to Verify Privacy on 1,000+ Websites & FTC Oversight

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
“The Federal Trade Commission [FTC] has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against TRUSTe, Inc. for deceiving consumers about its privacy seal program”as posted on the FTC website on March 18, 2015.  FTC also stated that the Order the FTC will have oversight for 20 years and in particular making sure that Truste complies… Continue Reading

No Surprise – Identity Theft Tops FTC Consumer Complaints

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) reported that ‘identity theft topped the FTC’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year.’  On February 27, 2015 the FTC issues its Consumer Sentinel Network for 2014 which identified these Top Ten complaint categories (including the number of complaints and percentages) for 2014: Identity Theft (332,646 -13%)… Continue Reading

More Cyber Criminals Targeting your Identity, Including Bad Guys in China!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
According to a recent report groups in “China continue to target Western interests, but there has been a shift in focus from the theft of intellectual property to identity information” according to BusinessInsurance.com which drew these conclusions from a February 23, 2015 recent HP report entitled “HP Security Research, Cyber Risk Report 2015” which also… Continue Reading

Watch Out! Your Computer Probably has Spyware Courtesy of the US Government!

Posted in Internet Privacy
Apparently the US National Security Agency (NSA) “has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives”  as reported by Reuters on… Continue Reading

Senator Express Concerns about IoT Privacy and that “Big Brother” is Listening!

Posted in Internet Privacy
Florida Senator Bill Nelson expressed his concern that “Big Brother may really be listening…recently, we learned that Samsung’s privacy policy for its voice-activated ‘Smart TV’ informed consumers that their indoor conversations can be recorded by the television and sent to a third party,…” during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on… Continue Reading

Cyber Privacy & Security Warning! – Watch out for the 25+ Billion of IoTs (Internet of Things)!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
With billions IoT devices now in place, and growing exponentially, apparently IoT manufacturers have not given a great deal of thought to security so the FTC recently urged Best Practices to IoT manufacturers as “part of the security by design process, companies should consider: (1) conducting a privacy or security risk assessment; (2) minimizing the… Continue Reading

10 Cyber security tips all employees need to know, including Phishing Scams & BYOD

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Employers want to blame cyberthreats on bad guys but “the threat actually originates from within when employees’ ignorance and/or negligence opens the door for cybercriminals” as reported by Kasperky in “Top 10 Tips for Educating Employees about Cybersecurity.” Phishing Scam advice is included in Tip #4: Phishing remains the primary method for infecting users via… Continue Reading

Do you have the right cyber insurance?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
“Whether a cyber attack is covered by an insurance policy may depend on the motive for the attack and its perpetrator … as this will affect whether clauses and exclusions for cyber insurance can be considered”according to a recent report issued by the CRO Forum which was entitled “Cyber resilience – The cyber risk challenge… Continue Reading

New Privacy Risks to your Wifi Passwords with Free Phishing App

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Wifiphisher is a new tool created “to launch phishing attacks against users of wireless networks in order to steal their Wi-Fi access keys” according to a January 5, 2015 report in Computerworld. The inventor of Wifiphisher is IT security engineer George Chatzisofroniou who says: Wifiphisher is a security tool that mounts fast automated phishing attacks against… Continue Reading

Snapchat Admits it Violated Privacy Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a Final Order which was “settling charges that Snapchat deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service…” and “…deceived consumers over the amount of personal data it collected and the security measures taken to protect that data from misuse and unauthorized disclosure.”  The… Continue Reading

Cyberintrusions Lead to 81+ Million Records Exposed in 2014

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) defines data breaches when an incident put a risk of exposure of an individual’s “name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included).”  The ITRC Data Breach Report is published every Tuesday and on December 9, 2014 the Report identified 720… Continue Reading

Congress May Pass New Cybersecurity Laws

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent article evaluating the new Congress indicated it may “allow information about civilians to go directly to the National Security Agency, or some other federal agency such as Homeland Security, before going to the NSA.”  On November 23, 2014 Judge Greenwald wrote an article in Business Insurance entitled “Cyber breaches could prompt cooperation in… Continue Reading

More Bad Cybersecurity News – Top-Tier Malware Regin Used for Spying Since 2008

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Symantec reported the discovery of new malware named Regin whose main purpose “is intelligence gathering and it has been implicated in data collection operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, academics, and private individuals.”  On November 24, 2014 Symantec issued a report entitled “Regin: Top-tier espionage tool enables stealthy surveillance” which is a “back door-type… Continue Reading

Challenge to Uber’s Customer Privacy Policies Including its “God view”

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Senate Al Franken asked Uber for clarification about an apparent “troubling disregard for customers’ privacy, including the need to protect their sensitive geolocation data.”  On November 19, 2014 Senator Franken sent a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about a tool known as “God view” which is: … “widely available to most Uber corporate employees”… Continue Reading

Privacy at the Heart of Colossal Cybersecurity Mistakes

Posted in Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Infoworld reported that for Information Technolgoy (IT) “Privacy has become one of the leading computer security issues today…Today’s systems track every access, and every employee should know that accessing a single record they don’t have a legitimate need to view is likely to be noticed and acted on.”  The November 17, 2014 Infoworld article entitled… Continue Reading