Most second-hand thumb drives contain data from past owners

Our penchant for plugging in random memory sticks isn’t the only trouble with our USB hygiene, a study shows. Many computer users don’t take enough precautions when disposing of their USB sticks, leaving a trove of what is often sensitive information about themselves for the drives’ new owners, a study has shown. Researchers from the … More Most second-hand thumb drives contain data from past owners

Suspected GDPR violations prompt over 95,000 complaints

Eight months after the landmark rules came into effect, data released by the European Commission provides a glimpse into the law’s application. National data protection watchdogs in the European Union (EU) have received 95,180 complaints from citizens alleging the mishandling of personal data since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May … More Suspected GDPR violations prompt over 95,000 complaints

Can you spot the phish? Take Google’s test

Everybody loves quizzes. So why not take this one and hone your phish-spotting prowess? Google’s technology incubator Jigsaw has revealed a quiz that tests users’ abilities to identify phishing attacks. In asking you to distinguish legitimate emails from phishing scams, the test reveals some of the most common scenarios that fraudsters use with a view to … More Can you spot the phish? Take Google’s test

Google fined €50 million for violating EU data privacy rules

France’s data protection watchdog issues the first major penalty under the EU’s new privacy regime. France’s data protection watchdog CNIL has slapped Google with a fine of €50 million (almost US$57 million) for what the authority views as the tech giant’s failure to adhere to its obligations that stem from the European Union’s (EU) data … More Google fined €50 million for violating EU data privacy rules

Twitter bug may have exposed private tweets of Android users for years

If you use Twitter for Android and want your tweets to be private, you may want to play safe and review your settings. Twitter has disclosed that it’s fixed a bug that, for more than four years, made the private (aka ‘protected’) tweets of some of the platform’s users public. The flaw affected an unknown number … More Twitter bug may have exposed private tweets of Android users for years