Facebook has set aside $3 billion from its first quarter profit to pay for what is likely to be a record-breaking fine from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. But will mega-fines lead to the reform of tech giants' questionable privacy and security practices?
Google is facing questions from Congress about Sensorvault, its database that stores the geolocation data of millions of Android users, which has sometimes been shared with police as part of criminal investigations.
Healthcare stakeholders and security and privacy experts are sizing up the second draft of the government's Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, the latest in a decades-long series of attempts to pave the way for secure national exchange of health information to improve patient outcomes.
Two organizations that provide treatment to patients with substance addictions have recently reported breaches of sensitive information. Compliance experts say that many organizations that provide such treatment must comply with HIPAA as well other stricter privacy requirements, which creates challenges.
Facebook has fixed a security vulnerability in its digital marketplace that could have been abused to identify the precise location of a seller, and by extension, their goods. Police warn that thieves regularly trawl location data to find the owners and locations of high-value items.
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.
"Move fast and break things," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said of his company's internal motto. But regulators have been increasingly signaling to Facebook that when it comes to users' privacy and data security, too much remains broken.
A warning that a smartwatch marketed to parents for tracking and communicating with their children could be coopted by hackers leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. It also reviews how a DNS hijacking campaign is hitting organizations and how "dark patterns" trick users.
From blockchains and surveillance to backdoors and GDPR, a group of leading cryptographers rounded up the top cybersecurity and privacy matters of the day at the cryptographers' panel held at the recent RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco.
Boston Children's Hospital is pioneering the use of Amazon's Alexa voice assist technology in the healthcare sector. John Brownstein, the hospital's chief innovation officer, discusses the security measures involved.
In the past, the relationship between cybersecurity and privacy has been uneasy and even ill-defined. But today, in the post-GDPR era, the relationship is clear, and so is the legal and compliance path forward, says David Ruiz of Malwarebytes.
The healthcare sector was the No. 1 target for major data breaches last year, according to a new report. And the No. 1 cause of breaches in all sectors was phishing. What can be done to prevent these incidents?
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has filed a lawsuit arguing that a $4.3 million HIPAA penalty levied against it last year by the Department of Health and Human Services following three data breaches was unlawful. What are the main arguments?
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.
The lack of a strong security culture at Equifax - especially compared to its two main competitors - was a key factor contributing to its 2017 data breach that exposed the personal records of 145 million Americans, according to a 71-page Congressional report.