Top News: New EU-US privacy deal, TransUnion faces data breach, and more



EU, US reach agreement on transatlantic data sharing

The US and the European Union have reached a political agreement to allow the free flow of data across the Atlantic. The new deal is aimed to improve the Privacy Shield framework, promote growth and innovation between the two regions and enable healthy competition for companies of all sizes in the digital economy. Read More


UK enforces new international data transfer agreement

The UK has enforced the international data transfer agreement (IDTA) in replacement of former EU standard contractual clauses. Under the new addendum, the UK government maintains the ability to issue its own adequacy decisions involving matters of data transfer to other third countries and international organizations. Read More


TransUnion faces data breach

US-based credit agency TransUnion has confirmed a data breach that exposed the personal information of 54 million customers. The breach occurred after cybercriminals managed to gain access to one of the company’s servers that was protected with a password of "password". Read More


Hackers target Okta, Microsoft

Okta was hit by a breach after hacker group Lapsus$ managed to gain access to the computer of a customer support engineer working for a third-party contractor. While the scope of the breach remains unclear, the company has stated that it is in the process of identifying and contacting the affected customers. Read More


After targeting Nvidia, Samsung, and others, the hacking group Lapsus$ claimed to have hacked Microsoft. The company confirmed that the group compromised “a single account” and stole parts of source code for some of its products. Read More


Messages and Dialer apps found to be sending user data to Google

Research by a Dublin professor has revealed that Google’s Messages and Dialer apps on Android phones have been sending user data to the company without any notice or user consent. The data sent by the Dialer app includes the call time and duration, while that sent by the Messages app includes a hash of the message text. The data also links the sender and receiver in a message exchange and the two handsets engaged in a phone call. Read More


Data Broker sues its customer over data resale

A lawsuit between a data broker X-Mode and its customer exposes how companies are profiteering off the sale of data, including location, purchase history, biographical and demographic information of individuals. The lawsuit by X-Mode alleges that NybSys violated its data resale conditions by reselling some raw location data to another firm called LocalBlox. Read More