The French data protection authority fined Discord 800,000 euros for privacy and security practices that violate the General Data Protection Regulation. Authorities said the fine might have been higher except that Discord's "business model is not based on the exploitation of personal data."
Soccer fans watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup live from Doha should think twice about installing two apps developed for the Qatari government, warn multiple European data protection authorities. The apps likely open the door to surveillance by authorities with a spotty human rights track record.
The British data watchdog says the U.K. Department for Education shouldn't have allowed a private company to use student records to check whether new users of gambling apps were underage. A departmental spokesperson said it will ensure such misuse of the database doesn't reoccur.
The U.K. Information Commissioner levied a nearly $5 million fine against Interserve Group Limited for its lack of security protections in the run-up to a 2020 ransomware attack. The firm kept employee data on servers running obsolete versions of Windows and used outdated antivirus software.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses how ransomware-as-a-service groups are shifting their business models, how investigators battling cybercrime have been hindered by GDPR, and how employees consider workplace "choice" a key factor for job satisfaction.
Domain name registrars track domain name owners via "whois" data, which is a crucial tool for investigators combating cybercrime. But Kroll's Alan Brill says that since the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, many registrars no longer publicly share such information, and that's a problem.
Thales plans to enter the customer identity and access management market through its purchase of an emerging European CIAM player. The French firm plans to capitalize on OneWelcome's strong product by extending its footprint beyond Europe and into North America and Asia-Pacific.
Memo to IT administrators: Don't store data in cloud in an unsecure manner. Security researchers at Secureworks have found more than 1,200 cloud-based, unsecured Elasticsearch databases that attackers wiped, leaving only a ransom note demanding Bitcoin in return for their restoration.
The European Parliament has granted Europol permission to receive and process datasets from private parties and pursue research projects for better handling of security-related cases. Use of these powers will be overseen by the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Fundamental Rights Officer.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority has imposed penalties of 3.7 million euros ($4 million) and 565,000 euros ($600,000) on the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, respectively, for violating the General Data Protection Regulation.
As President Joe Biden visits Europe this week, the U.S. and the European Commission announced they have agreed in principle to a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. Officials say it will foster cross-border data flows and address concerns raised by the EU Court of Justice in 2020.
On Tuesday, Ireland's Data Protection Commission imposed an $18.6 million penalty on tech firm Meta. That same day, the privacy watchdog was sued by a member of the nonprofit Irish Council for Civil Liberties over its "prolonged inaction" in the Google data breach case.
Greek data protection authority Hellenic DPA has imposed fines totaling more than $10 million on two telecommunication companies for GDPR violations including inadequate information disclosure to subscribers in the wake of data breaches, illegal data processing and inadequate security measures.
The European Union has initiated plans to build its own high-performance and secure DNS resolution infrastructure to reduce reliance on a few public DNS resolvers operated by non-EU entities. The service, named DNS4EU, is to be made available to all EU citizens and organizations.