The Home Depot Data Breach

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With up to 60 million customers affected, the recent security breach at North America’s largest hardware store, The Home Depot, once again proves that even some of the largest retailers have not implemented business processes that ensure the timely detection and communication, if not prevention, of such incidents. This post sheds a light on their dire consequences for consumers and what lawmakers in the U.S. and the E.U. intend to do about it.

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The top 8 issues all CIO’s, CSO’s and CPO’s should know about how to notify data breaches in Europe

As the EU is about to enact a General Data Protection Regulation that will introduce a general obligation to notify personal data breaches for all companies doing business in Europe or directing it towards EU-based customers, we provide the reader with 8 of the most important aspects related to the implementation of this new obligation.

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The Sony PlayStation Network Hacking Case (An Analysis of the UK ICO’s Resolution)

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On January 14, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office imposed Sony PlayStation Network a monetary penalty of GBP 250,000 for its serious breach of the UK Data Protection Act – a penalty Sony eventually decided not to appeal in July. The penalty comes after the company was hacked in April 2011, compromising the personal information of millions of its customers. In this article, I highlight why the ICO made a brilliant move and interpretation of the Act.

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How and Wow: Verizon’s Tactical Survey of Global Data Breaches

Designer: Thomas Saur. Available at http://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=10203.

What is really happening on the ground with data breaches globally? The Verizon “2013 Data Breach Investigations Report” aggregates and analyzes data from over 47,000 data security incidents and 621 confirmed data breaches. Read this summation to acquaint yourself with the Report’s telling details, unexpected correlations and promising strategies for detection and prevention.

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Towards a New Personal Data Breach Notification Framework in the EU

The European Commission published recently a Proposal for a Regulation on personal data protection. If adopted, it would repeal the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The Proposal includes a new data security framework: both the data controller and the data processor would have to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures in order to ensure that data is secure; a personal data breach would have to be reported within 24 hours to the supervisory authority, and also, without undue delay, to the data subject if the breach would adversely affect his personal data or privacy. We comment some of the pending issues.

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Implementation of Privacy by Design and Technical and Organizational Security Measures: The Data Masking Solution

The European Union is working on a revised set of rules for its data protection framework. The concept and principles of “privacy by design” has been incorporated in this draft. We will assess how data masking can be considered an effective data security measure and whether data masking fulfills privacy by design principles. Data masking is not encryption. It is a technique that provides for the replacement of real data with fictitious but realistic data in test environments.

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«Les droits de l’individu dans la révolution numérique» : l’Assemblée nationale française publie son rapport (5e et dernière partie)

"Future" (New York, NY, 2011) - Photo: Marie-Andrée Weiss

Depuis le début de cette série, la loi française en matière de notification des failles de sécurité a déjà changé. D’autres changements sont à venir, alors que Madame Viviane Reding expose son intention d’introduire une notification obligatoire des failles de sécurité pour les services bancaires et financiers et que la Commission européenne a lancé le 14 juillet dernier une consultation sur les règles pratiques de notification des violations de données à caractère personnel. (5e et dernière partie de notre série)

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New Brazilian Data Protection Bill Adopts Data Breach Notification Regime

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The new Brazilian Data Protection bill currently in discussion provides a whole new approach to data protection for the country. It also follows the current trend of several countries, the European Union included, by adopting a data breach notification regime. The text would make companies liable without the need to prove omission or negligence. Currently they are only liable to the extent of damages resulting from the misuse of information leaked or stolen due to a data security breach.

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ENISA Surveys Stakeholders of Upcoming EU Data Breach Notification Regime

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The European Network and Information Security Agency has recently published a report on data breach notifications in the European Union. ENISA surveyed data protection authorities, telecommunications regulatory authorities and telecom operators from different countries in the EU, but also from other non-EU countries such as the United States.
Using the various stakeholders’ responses, the report helps understand the practices and challenges of the future mandatory data breach notification regime, and aims to assist public authorities and private organizations in the EU as they implement data breach notification policies by providing a set of recommendations.
(Résumé aussi disponible en français)

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European Data Protection Supervisor Supports General Obligation to Report Security Breaches

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The European Data Protection Supervisor has recently issued an opinion on the review of the EU legal framework for data protection (Directive 95/46/EC). It expresses concerns regarding the increasing difficulties for individuals to protect the privacy of their personal data, and calls for strengthening individuals’ rights over them. This can be done, the EDPS argues, by making security breach notifications mandatory for all relevant sectors, increasing transparency of processing for data subjects, and introducing new rights, such as the “right to be forgotten” and the “right to data portability”.

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