So you thought your personal data was deleted? Not so fast

It may be impossible to delete your personal information from Houseparty and other social media services – despite privacy legislation! My colleague Jake Moore recently published a blogpost Houseparty – should I stay or should I go now? The post intrigued me, not just for the title taken from the great 1982 song by the Clash. Jake, … More So you thought your personal data was deleted? Not so fast

‘Lead‑offering’ business booming as usual! …but there are no conferences or exhibitions???

Being a regular presenter and visitor at conferences and exhibitions, it is not unusual for me to get unsolicited emails with offers to acquire the “verified” list of visitors or attendees, with function and contact details. Even for conferences and exhibitions I do not attend and often do not even know exist! Let’s not revisit … More ‘Lead‑offering’ business booming as usual! …but there are no conferences or exhibitions???

Ritz London clients scammed after apparent data breach

Armed with personal data stolen from the hotel’s dining reservation system, fraudsters trick guests into handing over their credit card details. The Ritz London has launched an investigation into a potential data breach that affected its food and beverage reservation system. The information stolen in the breach seems to have been used by fraudsters to … More Ritz London clients scammed after apparent data breach

10 billion records exposed in unsecured databases, study says

The databases contain personal information that could be used for phishing attacks and identity theft schemes. Researchers have found close to 10.5 billion pieces of consumer data that has been left sitting in almost 10,000 unsecured internet-facing databases hosted across 20 countries. The data is said to include email addresses, passwords, and phone numbers. The study was … More 10 billion records exposed in unsecured databases, study says