European data protection regulators last year imposed known privacy and data breach fines under GDPR collectively worth at least 2.9 billion euros, or $3.1 billion, which was more than double the value of fines issued in 2020, reports law firm DLA Piper.
TikTok must pay a fine of 5 million euros to the French government after the country's data protection agency said the short-form video app violated national privacy law restricting the monitoring of web browser activity. TikTok is at the center of a number of privacy controversies worldwide.
Managed security services player Cerberus Sentinel plans to capitalize on cloud migration and strict privacy regulations in South America through its proposed purchase of RAN Security. The deal will bolster Cerberus Sentinel's penetration testing, gap analysis and infrastructure management services.
The French data privacy agency has fined Apple 8 million euros for an ad personalization tracker that violated the country's privacy laws. The fine against Apple was announced on the same day the Irish Data Protection agency fined Meta Ireland for similar violations.
The Irish Data Protection Commission has imposed a fine of 390 million euros against Meta Ireland for violating the General Data Protection Regulation related to user data processing. Meta confirmed it will contest the penalty, which targets ad personalization by Facebook and Instagram.
A member of a criminal data breach forum says he's selling email addresses and phone numbers of 400 million Twitter users. If verified, the data breach would be a further blow to Twitter and its beleaguered chief executive as regulators increase pressure over the firm's security practices.
Belgian banking giant Degroof Petercam is warning hundreds of clients that their employees are at risk of fraud after personal details tied to their stock option plans were accessed, potentially by an ex-employee. The bank has reported the data breach to the Belgian Data Protection Authority.
The French data protection authority fined Microsoft Ireland 60 million euros for privacy and security practices relating to a Bing search engine advertising cookie. The company has three months to get the consent of the French users before further deployment of the cookie.
U.K. businesses shy from involving police in cyber incident response for fear of regulatory consequences, lawmakers sitting on Parliament's Joint Committee on National Security Strategy heard. Allowing businesses to anonymously disclose incidents would result in more data, suggested a witness.
Facebook will pay a 265 million euro fine to the Irish data protection authority to resolve a 2021 incident when the scraped data of 533 million users appeared online. The data contained names, phone numbers and birthdates. Facebook says it takes active measures against data scraping.
The French data protection authority fined Discord 800,000 euros for privacy and security practices that violate the General Data Protection Regulation. Authorities said the fine might have been higher except that Discord's "business model is not based on the exploitation of personal data."
Soccer fans watching the 2022 FIFA World Cup live from Doha should think twice about installing two apps developed for the Qatari government, warn multiple European data protection authorities. The apps likely open the door to surveillance by authorities with a spotty human rights track record.
The British data watchdog says the U.K. Department for Education shouldn't have allowed a private company to use student records to check whether new users of gambling apps were underage. A departmental spokesperson said it will ensure such misuse of the database doesn't reoccur.
The U.K. Information Commissioner levied a nearly $5 million fine against Interserve Group Limited for its lack of security protections in the run-up to a 2020 ransomware attack. The firm kept employee data on servers running obsolete versions of Windows and used outdated antivirus software.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses how ransomware-as-a-service groups are shifting their business models, how investigators battling cybercrime have been hindered by GDPR, and how employees consider workplace "choice" a key factor for job satisfaction.