cyber privacy News

Microsoft’s Home State’s Facial Recognition Privacy Bill Could Be Model for Others

Two months after calling for laws to regulate facial-recognition software, Microsoft Corp. is lobbying on behalf of a first-of-its-kind bill in its home state of Washington. The question is whether cross-town rival Amazon.com Inc. will support it. Amazon has asked …

Lawyer Suit Says FaceTime Eavesdropped on Talks with Client

Apple Inc. was sued by a Houston lawyer who claims his iPhone inadvertently allowed an unknown person to eavesdrop on his private conversation with a client. Apple has come under fire for a bug in its iOS 12.1 iPhone software …

Federal Cyber Privacy Bill Calls for Fines, Prison for Executives’ Violations

A senior Democratic U.S. senator on Thursday unveiled draft legislation that would allow hefty fines and as much as 20-year prison terms for executives who violate privacy and cybersecurity standards. Senator Ron Wyden released a draft of legislation that would …

Apple CEO Calls for U.S. Privacy Law to Protect User Data

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday customer data was being “weaponised with military efficiency” by companies to increase profit. Cook, speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, said Apple supported a federal privacy law …

Google+ Breach Under Investigation in U.S., EU

At least two U.S. states and two European Union member states are investigating a breach at Alphabet Inc.’s Google that may have exposed private profile data of at least 500,000 users to hundreds of external developers. The investigations follow Google’s …

Supreme Court Turns Down Cases Testing Hacking Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sidestepped a growing controversy over who can give permission to access a computer, a debate that goes to the core of what constitutes hacking in this era of widespread use of the internet and …

Cyber Insurance: Many Choices Now That There Is No Choice

Every organization, of every size and operational orientation, needs cyber insurance to manage its exposures in this age of networked information. That was one thing speakers agreed on at the recent 2017 Cyber Liability Symposium held by the Professional Liability …

Congress Adds Corporate Cyber Data Sharing Immunity to Spending Bill

Companies that share data with the U.S. government for cyber security purposes will get more protection from consumer lawsuits under a measure piggybacked onto a massive federal spending bill unveiled in Congress on Wednesday. The cyber-security proposal, widely supported by …

PURE Launches Cyber Program for High-Net Worth Segment

Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE), the policyholder-owned property and casualty insurer of high net worth individuals and families, has partnered with security firm Concentric Advisors to offer CyberSafe Solutions. The program is designed to help individuals better assess, prevent, detect …

FTC Calls for Consumer Disclosure by Data Brokers

Companies known as data brokers collect and sell information about “nearly all” U.S. consumers, drawing potentially harmful conclusions about them largely without their knowledge, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday. The Federal Trade Commission called on Congress to pass legislation that …