Verizon to pay largest ever FCC privacy settlement
Verizon has agreed to pay USD 7.4 million to the FCC to settle their mistake concerning the privacy of its customers, said to be the largest consumer privacy settlement in FCC history. In the mid-2000s, Verizon did not include the ability to opt out of sending private information to the company to approximately 2 million customers. Verizon then compounded the problem by not notifying the FCC of the mistake within five days as required, although they did eventually report the violation. A Verizon spokesman has stressed that the violation “did not involve a data breach or an unauthorized disclosure of customer information to third parties.”
Home Depot confirms data breach
Home Depot has confirmed that its payment data systems have been breached and implied that the breach may have affected customers as long ago as April. Although it is still unclear how many customers have been affected, the retailer has said that the breach could impact customers using payment cards at its stores in the U.S. and Canada but ruled out stores in Mexico and online shoppers. This breach is believed to be “many times larger” than that at Target.
Fake links to nude celebrities crash New Zealand internet
New Zealanders trying to view the hacked pictures of naked celebrities have been blamed for a nationwide collapse of the country’s main internet provider, Spark New Zealand, formerly Telecom. It is thought that the internet users clicked links on Friday evening which they believed would take them to the illicit photos but instead they unintentionally downloaded malware that created distributed denial of service attacks. It is reported that 600,000 users were without internet connection for over 24 hours.
Finger vein technology may be hindered by Data Protection Regulation
Barclays has become the first UK bank to launch “finger vein authentication”, technology already in use in Japan and Poland, allowing customers to withdraw money without using a card. However, there are some concerns that the move could be hindered by new draft Data Protection Regulations, which proposes to add such biometric data as a category of specially protected sensitive details, making conditions on their lawful use more demanding.
Dublin warns on US bid for data
A court in New York has ordered Microsoft to hand over emails held on its Dublin server in a case involving an investigation into narcotics trafficking. Microsoft challenged the decision and was told by the US government that if it refused to hand over the data, it should be held in contempt of court. The company has now agreed to be held in contempt in order to move the case on to appeal. The Irish government has condemned the way in which the US has proceeded in this case, calling their actions “objectionable”.
Google appointed-panel start tour to discuss privacy rights
In response to the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling handed down by the European Court of Justice in May, Google has appointed a specialist panel to tour Europe and gather expert views on how the company might implement the decision. The panel, including Google’s general counsel and chairman, as well as eight members from outside the firm, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, met for the first time on Tuesday in Madrid and will tour Europe for 2 months. The results of their tour will be collated into a report and presented to Google early next year.