Singapore is looking to include a data portability component in its Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) as part of efforts to ease data flow between service providers as well as provide consumers with "greater control" over their own data. The update to the bill will establish a framework to guide all parties involved on issues such as how businesses should give consumers sufficient information on how ported data will be used and interoperability and security standards to improve data flow. The inclusion of a data portability component is part of the government's review of the PDPA, introduced in 2012, according to the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), which oversees the enforcement of the act. Alongside the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS), the PDPC released a discussion paper on Monday outlining details about data portability and its proposed introduction. The PDPC defined data portability as a requirement for businesses to transmit a … [Read more...] about Singapore moots inclusion of data portability in data protection law
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Data Protection Day acts as a reminder to all about the importance of doing everything possible to secure and protect an individual’s data. It’s an issue that shouldn’t really need more awareness, as everyone knows how important data protection is, especially in this modern age where everything that happens online leaves a digital footprint. However, we see are consistently seeing weekly examples of both shocking and costly data breaches, meaning that this is a subject that needs constant vigilance.It’s important that businesses know how and why they should protect their data, especially with new regulations in place. With this in mind, ten IT experts give their advice on how businesses can ensure that data is fully protected.The impact of regulationThis is something that Jon Lucas, Director at Hyve Managed Hosting agrees with. He comments, “Almost a year post-GDPR and quite rightly, data protection remains in firmly the spotlight. Though the reminders … [Read more...] about Data protection – there’s no silver bullet
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 6:03 am State and federal lawmakers have pushed for privacy laws after myriad online breaches and scandals. Now, saying the United States faces a “crisis,” advocacy groups are going a step further and calling for a new data protection agency. “The U.S. needs a federal agency focused on privacy protection, compliance with data protection obligations, and emerging privacy challenges,” an alliance of more than a dozen groups — including Bay Area-based Color of Change, Center for Media Justice and Berkeley Media Studies group — said Thursday. They said the agency, unlike the Federal Trade Commission, should have rule-making authority. “Digital giants invade our private lives, spy on our families, and gather our most intimate facts for profit,” the groups said in the proposal. “Each … [Read more...] about Is it time for a federal data protection agency?
Just hours after Marriott announced a massive data breach, lawmakers on Capitol Hill called on Congress to pass data privacy and security protections to safeguard sensitive consumer information. The hotel group revealed Friday that hackers had compromised the guest reservation database for its Starwood division affecting as many as 500 million guests. The problem affects people who had made reservations at its Sheraton, W Hotels, Westin, Le Meridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and St. Regis branded hotels up until Sept. 10 of this year.Almost immediately, lawmakers in Washington called for federal legislation to protect consumer data and to hold companies accountable for how they handle their customers' personal data. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and co-founder of the Cybersecurity Caucus, said such mega-breaches have become way too common, and he cautioned the public and their elected officials against … [Read more...] about Lawmakers call for data security legislation in wake of Marriott breach
Uber has been fined over £900,000 by UK and Dutch watchdogs in relation to a 2016 data breach which impacted customer data.The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) fined the ride-hailing service £385,000 for "failing to protect customers' personal information during a cyberattack," while the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) has imposed a fine of €600.000 (£532,000) for violating Dutch data protection laws.The ICO says that the data breach, which took place in 2016, was caused by "avoidable" security problems.Uber's systems were compromised by an attacker, believed to be a 20-year-old from the United States, who was able to use credential stuffing techniques to expose information belonging to approximately 57 million riders and seven million drivers via a private GitHub repository.Names, email addresses, phone numbers, and drivers' license copies were all compromised during the breach. See also: Uber fined peanuts in God View surveillance, data … [Read more...] about Uber fined £900,000 by UK, Dutch privacy regulators over 2016 data breach