EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) News

French Privacy Watchdog Probes Massive Leak of Sensitive Health Data

France’s privacy watchdog said it’s investigating the leak of sensitive health data on half a million people and said the companies involved could face heavy penalties if they don’t come forward with details of the breaches. The leaks were of …

Swedish Insurer Folksam Accidentally Leaks Private Data on 1 Million Customers

Sweden’s largest insurer, Folksam, accidentally leaked private data on about one million of its customers to a handful of the world’s largest technology companies, it said on Tuesday. Folksam, which insures 50% of Swedish homes and individuals, shared the data …

UK Data Protection Watchdog Slaps Biggest-Ever Fine on British Airways

Britain’s data protection watchdog said on Friday it has fined British Airways 20 million pounds – its biggest such penalty to date – for failing to protect data that left more than 400,000 of its customers’ details the subject of …

UK’s Post-Brexit Privacy Protections Fail EU Data Protections, Activist Warns

UK privacy protections were criticized by an activist who told the European Union that the British shouldn’t be trusted to protect user data after Brexit. The personal data of EU citizens “do not at present have an adequate level of …

Major U.S. Tech Firms Look to Be Ignoring Europe’s Data Privacy Rules

Technology firms’ compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is shockingly poor, Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said on Monday, publishing a survey of companies including Facebook and Netflix. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled …

Ireland, Luxembourg Lag in Support for Policing EU Data Privacy Compliance

Ireland and Luxembourg, European headquarters to Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, need a substantial boost in resources to deal with data breaches by U.S. tech giants, a European Union report said. The report by the European Commission, seen by Reuters, …

Chinese Hackers Blamed for Accessing Records of 9 Million easyJet Customers

Chinese hackers are suspected of accessing email and travel details of about nine million easyJet customers, said two sources familiar with the investigation into a cyber attack disclosed by the British airline on Tuesday. The sources said the hacking tools …

Cyber Criminals Increasingly Will Target Top Executives in Ransomware Attacks: Report

Senior executives increasingly will be targeted by cyber criminals looking for ways to steal money from large corporations, according to a report from cyber analytics provider CyberCube. Organized criminals and hackers are moving away from high volume, low-value methods of …

EU Privacy Regulators Expected to Raise Fines Under GDPR Data Protection Rules

European Union privacy regulators are gearing up to make full use of expanded powers under new data protection rules, according to a report that found 114 million euros ($126.5 million) in fines have been levied so far for data violations, …

No-Deal Brexit Could Endanger Billions of Data Transfers; Some Firms Move Data Centers

If Britain hasn’t secured a deal to leave the European Union as the clock ticks past 11 p.m. on Oct. 31, billions of data transfers could be thrown into legal limbo. Though not as visible as lines of trucks backing …