Tech Talk: As GDPR looms, companies rush to comply

Credit to Author: Ken Mingis| Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 04:00:00 -0700

For many companies, GDPR has become a four-letter acronym.

The European Union’s new General Data Protection Rule – which applies to virtually any kind of data that can be used to identify a person – goes into effect May 25. And companies around the world are rushing to make sure they’re in compliance, or at least can demonstrate that they’re hard at work trying to meet the EU demands.

GDPR is designed to protect personal privacy, (hopefully) make companies more secure from data breaches and force them to get their collective hands around all the data they collect, use and distribute. 

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GDPR causes a flood of new policies

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 18:25:58 +0000

The upcoming GDPR deadline means you’ve probably seen an influx of changed policy announcements in your inbox. Here’s why you might want to pay attention to the changes.



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Watch out for Gmail’s new Confidential Mode

Credit to Author: Mike Elgan| Date: Sat, 12 May 2018 03:00:00 -0700

Most email can either be secure or easy to use. You can have one but not both.

That’s why people are so excited about a new feature in Google’s Gmail. It’s called Confidential Mode, and it’s an easy way to make email more private.

Confidential Mode lets you add an “expiration date” to emails. Once that date arrives, the email is no longer viewable by the recipient.

Messages marked as Confidential can’t be copied, forwarded, printed or downloaded.

And you can revoke access at any time.

Sounds great, right? Well, not so fast. There are a lot of “gotchas” in the new Confidential Mode that you need to know about.

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Will blockchain run afoul of GDPR? (Yes and no)

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Mon, 07 May 2018 03:02:00 -0700

As the EU prepares to roll out new data protection regulations this month, concerns are emerging that they could dissuade businesses from rolling out blockchain-based projects because the online transaction technology might innately break the new rules.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) targets citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII), providing transparency around its use and giving people the right to restrict its use or request it be deleted all together.

While GDPR never mentions PII, the new rules describing “personal data” are synonymous with it: “Any information that relates to an identified or identifiable living individual. Different pieces of information, which collected together can lead to the identification of a particular person, also constitute personal data.” In short, it means any data that can be tied back to person’s identity.

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This Week in Security News: Zippy’s and Flynn

Credit to Author: Jon Clay (Global Threat Communications)| Date: Fri, 04 May 2018 13:00:12 +0000

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, Hawaii-based restaurant Zippy’s suffered a POS data breach. In addition, Uber executive John Flynn argued that user expectations on data protection are rising, but consumers still aren’t…

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What HIPAA and Other Compliance Teaches Us About the Reality of GDPR

Credit to Author: Greg Young| Date: Thu, 03 May 2018 14:00:46 +0000

with contributing author, William J. Malik, CISA | VP, Infrastructure Strategies The date for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance is three months away, yet many organizations, especially those outside Europe, remain unprepared. It turns out that the experiences from other privacy compliance regulations are less helpful than assumed, but the best lessons learned may be…

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