Facebook Privacy Issues – How the Recent Controversy Affects You

CybeRiskBlog, Cybersecurity

Facebook Privacy Issues

Given the amount of negative publicity and bad blood that’s been generated in the past few months surrounding Facebook privacy issues, the powers that be at Facebook must be worried about the future of the social media giant. Scandals like the Cambridge Analytica affair – where Facebook was co-opted by a data-gathering agency with a mission to misuse the information it collected to spread fake news and influence US political processes – have unmasked some of Facebook’s less than savory practices regarding data-sharing, and its standards for vetting and displaying online content. Facebook’s too cozy relationship with advertisers has also come into the negative spotlight, prompting users worldwide to seek ways around location and ad-tracking – all the while pressing … Read More

Top 6 Reasons to Use a VPN

CybeRiskBlog, Cybersecurity

Top Reasons to Use a VPN

Besides the ever-present dangers of espionage, hacking, and data theft, users of the internet are now increasingly aware of the fact that their online activities and personal information are no longer necessarily their own. From the trade in purchasing habits and anonymized consumer data to the stockpiling of subscriber information by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), mobile carriers, and government agencies, online privacy faces a growing number of threats and complications. Due diligence, anti-malware applications, and the use of “incognito” browsing modes can only go so far to prevent the possibility of intrusion and surveillance. So growing numbers of internet users are adopting the Virtual Private Network or VPN as a major line of defense for their online privacy and security. … Read More

General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR

CybeRiskBlog, Cybersecurity

GDPR

With information having developed into an asset equal to or even more valuable than conventional currencies, organizations across the globe are engaged in an ongoing race to acquire and exploit more data – often with little regard for the people that they’re collecting this information from. In an effort to strengthen up and unify legislation regarding online privacy, consumer rights, and data protection across the continent, officials of the European Union (EU) approved a draft proposal covering over 90 articles on customer data collection and security on April 27, 2016, with the aim of improving customer privacy for European citizens. This new EU privacy policy was formalized as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was issued in May 2016 … Read More