Items tagged "Data Breach"

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Capital One Data Breach Reinforces Need for Strong Consumer Privacy Protections

July 30, 2019 Capital One , consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Equifax

Today, Capital One — a popular bank and credit card company — announced that an “outside individual” with “unauthorized access” had obtained the personal information of about 106 million customers who had applied for its credit card products.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Equifax Settlement, Renews Call For Privacy Legislation

July 22, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Data Breach , Equifax , FTC

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced an Equifax settlement that includes a fine up to $700 million for the 2017 Equifax data breach that jeopardized sensitive financial data of millions of Americans.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Senate Panel’s Equifax Report

March 8, 2019 Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Data Security , Equifax , sustainability

Yesterday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released its report on a probe into the 2017 Equifax hack stating that the company’s response was both “inadequate” and “hampered by [a] neglect of cybersecurity.” The report finds that the company’s shortcomings are both “long-standing” and “reflect a broader culture of complacency toward cybersecurity preparedness.”

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Data Care Act As Step in Right Direction

December 12, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Data Breach , Data Security , Privacy

Today, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) led a group of 15 senators in introducing the “Data Care Act of 2018,” which would require online service providers like Facebook and Google to responsibly protect individually identifying information about consumers. Public Knowledge welcomes the bill as a good starting point for a discussion about what responsibilities custodians of our personal information should have.

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Public Knowledge Raises Concerns over Narrow Data Acquisition and Security Bill in House Letter

May 11, 2018 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Data Security

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee opposing the Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and Security Act, which Subcommittee Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has indicated he plans to move imminently. In the letter, Public Knowledge urges Congress to pass strong consumer protection legislation and analyzes many concerns with this narrow bill.

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Here’s How Congress Should Respond to Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

March 23, 2018 Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Legislation , Privacy , security

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. By now we know the basic facts: Aleksandr Kogan, purporting to be a researcher, developed an authorized Facebook application. As was Facebook’s practice at the time, when users connected the app to their Facebook accounts, the app scooped up not only the users’ personal information, but also their friends’ personal information. In this manner, Dr. Kogan was able to amass information about 50 million Facebook users – even though only 270,000 individuals used the app. Dr. Kogan then, exceeding his authorized use of the data, funneled that information to Cambridge Analytica, a firm that purported to engage in “psychographics” to influence voters on behalf of the Trump campaign.

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