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Top News: China’s new privacy law, Microsoft leak, and more

China passes new privacy law

China passed its new privacy law, called the Personal Information Protection Law, designed to protect users’ personal data. The law is expected to come into effect on November 1st and requires any entity handling the personal data of Chinese citizens to minimize the collection of data and to get users’ consent. It also contains rules for companies to follow while carrying out cross-border data transfers. Read More

Microsoft leak exposes records from states, large businesses

A misconfiguration in a Microsoft platform exposed 38 million records from state and federal agencies and large businesses including American Airlines and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The leak consisted of personal information of individuals like the employee information, data related to Covid-19 vaccinations, contact tracing, and testing appointments. Read More

Big Tech commits billions in cybersecurity investments

Following a cybersecurity summit at the White House, Big Tech companies including Google and Microsoft pledged to invest billions of dollars to strengthen cybersecurity. It will include developing new industry standards, supplying stronger security tools to other businesses, and providing skills training for cybersecurity jobs. Read More

AT&T customer data available on dark web

A hacker group claims to have stolen data from 70 million AT&T customers and is selling it on the dark web for $1 million. The database includes information such as social security numbers, date of birth, and other private information. However, AT&T has denied the breach and stated the information is not from its systems. Read More

FCC proposes $5m in violation of TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a robocalling fine worth $5 million against a Virginia political firm and two of its principals. The firm is alleged to have violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by placing more than a thousand prerecorded phone calls to individuals without prior consent from them. Read More


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