Your Privacy Round Up—July

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

31 July 2018

We all know that it’s important to stay informed, especially when it comes to things like online security. But with so much information to take in, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the privacy world.

That’s why we’re bringing you a monthly round-up of the biggest privacy news—the stuff you really shouldn’t miss.

Check out the privacy headlines this month—and stay informed.

US Congress demands privacy answers from Google and Apple

Congress Republicans have asked pointed questions to both Apple and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, relating to customer privacy and company practices that seem contradictory to their stated “values”, including the allegations that third-party developers may have had access to millions of emails via Gmail.

Uber hires first Chief Privacy Officer

After a number of privacy-related public relations disasters in the last year, Uber took the step of hiring Ruby Zefo, who has previously worked as privacy and security counsel for Intel, Corp, as their first Chief Privacy Officer—alongside Simon Hania, formerly of TomTom, who will act as Uber’s first Data Protection Officer.

10 million UK customers may have been affected by 2017 Dixons Carphone data breach

Dixons Carphone, which owns several major high street stores in the UK, has admitted that its 2017 data breach may have been much worse than first thought. Though it was estimated that 1.2 million customers may have had personal data accessed, its now said that it could be almost ten times that amount.

Personal data of 1.5 million patients stolen in Singapore’s worst ever cyber attack

The Straits Times reported that hackers had stolen the personal information of 1.5 million SingHealth patients, and the outpatient prescriptions of 160,000 of those patients. These included government ministers, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

We’ll bring you another privacy round up at the end of next month.

Until then, stay safe online.

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