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Top News: French ministry under cyberattack, Belgian DPA fines IAB Europe, and more

Cameras in supermarkets to verify buyers’ age

Several supermarket chains in the UK have started testing an automated age-verification system for estimating the age of alcohol buyers. The system will use cameras and algorithms trained on a database of anonymous faces to guess the customers’ age. Read More

French ministry under cyberattack

The French Ministry of Justice was hit by a cyberattack last week, which led to a breach of the ministry’s systems and files being stolen. The attackers used the LockBit 2.0 ransomware and have threatened to make the stolen data public. Read More

Belgian DPA fines IAB Europe

The Belgian Data Protection Authority issued a fine of €250,000 on IAB Europe for violating several provisions of the GDPR. The DPA ruled that IAB Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework does not comply with the GDPR, and the company acts as a data controller and can be held responsible for potential violations. Read More

Blockchain bridge loses $320m

Blockchain bridge “Wormwhole” lost $320 million in a crypto hack due to a possible vulnerability on the Solana side of the Wormhole bridge. Developers representing Wormhole confirmed the attack on Twitter, saying that the network is “down for maintenance” while it looks into a “potential exploit.” Read More

Crisis Text Line found to be sharing user data

Mental health support line Crisis Text Line was reported to be sharing data with its for-profit subsidiary,, to create and market customer service software. While Crisis Text Line stated that any data it shares with is wholly anonymized, ethics and privacy experts expressed concern over the issue. Read More


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