Facebook’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year continued, with the social media company on the defense yet again over partnerships that granted high-tech companies extensive access to user data.
Whatever else it may bring, 2019 will be a breakout year for online privacy, as the EU’s GDPR takes root and legislation in other nations follow suit. But not everyone is on board with the new privacy regime. Who will be the privacy leaders and laggards in the New Year?
The General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) seems to already be having a positive effect on the state of cybersecurity in Europe less than seven months after it was enacted, showing that policy indeed can have a direct effect on organizations’ security practices, security researchers said.
The Marriott breach underscores how companies fail to price in the risk of poor data security. In the age of GDPR, that could be an expensive failure.
Facebook forced a reset of more than 50 million user accounts on Thursday and would force another 40 million account resets in the coming days, citing a major breach of the site’s security that allowed unknown attackers to take over people’s accounts.