Privacy & Compliance news & analysis | SC Media

Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis

Hang-ups, hold-ups and hurdles passing federal privacy legislation

What are the biggest points of contention impeding passage of federal privacy legislation (and 3 other security laws)? Government at any level is infamous for moving at a snail’s pace, as politics, red tape and competing interests often get in the way of progress. Technology, on the other hand, moves at lightning speed.  Unfortunately, this…

Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison breach victims further embarrassed by ransom demands five years later

Five years after a high-profile data breach of an infidelity website where users could meet to start an extramarital affair, users of Ashley Madison are now increasingly finding themselves victimized by extortion plots to pay about $1,000 in bitcoins to save them further embarrassment. The current scheme, uncovered by Vade Secure threat analyst Damien Alexandre,…

Lawyers: Facebook is prepared to pay $550M to settle facial recognition lawsuit

Facebook has agreed to set aside $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by users who allege the social media company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), attorneys for the plaintiffs announced on Wednesday. San Francisco Federal District Court Judge James Donato must still approve the settlement, which the lawyers claim is…

Cornerstone Payment Systems leaves database open, exposes 6.7M records

Cornerstone Payment Systems, which processes payments for pro-life groups, churches, ministries and other organizations with a similar Christian bent, left a database unprotected, exposing 6.7 million records from 2013 until the present. Information housed by the database included names, email addresses and physical addresses as well as card and merchant information, expiration dates and the…

Wawa customer payment card data for sale

Cybercriminals have attempted to sell customer payment card data likely pilfered from a Wawa POS breach discovered in December. The Pennsylvania-based convenience store and gas station operator said in a release that it had asked its payment card processor, payment card brands and card issuers to tick up their fraud monitoring in light of the…

Govt surveillance NSA social

Bill seeks to reform NSA surveillance, aiming at Section 215, FISA process

Congress took on dual issues of Fourth Amendment and privacy rights in a bill meant to reform the Patriot Act to end the authority of NSA’s phone recording program, as well as, reform the FISA process, addressing the problems revealed by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz last fall. The Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act…

Privacy takes a hit, as storage bucket leaks cannabis dispensary POS data

A misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket was discovered leaking data that had been collected by a point-of-sale system used by multiple cannabis dispensaries, researchers from vpnMentor reported on Wednesday. The exposed bucket, which was found on Christmas eve and closed by Jan. 14, was found to contain more than 85,000 files. These included…

Alphabet CEO supports EU push to temporarily ban facial recognition in public spaces

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai’s decision to back the EU’s proposal to ban the use of face recognition in public spaces for five years drew praise from rights activists. “I think it is important that governments and regulations tackle it sooner rather than later and give a framework for it,” Reuters cited Pichai as saying at Bruegel…

Next post in Security News