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EDPS publishes the latest edition of its newsletter

The June 2018 edition of the EDPS Newsletter covers all the latest developments related to the 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), the 43rd DPO-EDPS meeting and the 2018 EDPS-IPEN Workshop.

The newsletter is available here
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Bank of England surveys warn about increase in cyber attacks

According to the latest Systemic Risk Survey by the Bank of England, cyber-attacks have become one of the major sources of risk for the UK’s financial system. The report observes how cyber inci-dents have been growing steadily since the first risk survey of 2008, reaching their highest level in the first half of 2018. 62% of respondents cited cyber-attacks as a major risk while the 51% recog-nized it as the most challenging risk to manage.

The survey is available here
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Norwegian Consumer Council reveals how Facebook, Google and Windows 10 push users to share personal data

The Norwegian Consumer Council has published a report analyzing the settings of Facebook, Google and Windows 10, in order to understand how they can manipulate users to accept privacy intrusive options. The report explains how users are misled to control their data through a broad range of instruments including "privacy intrusive default settings, misleading wording, hiding away privacy-friendly choices, take-it-or-leave-it choices, and choice architectures where choosing the privacy friendly option requires more effort for the users". In addition, all these instruments give users the illusion that they control their data.

The report is available here
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ICO releases Age Appropriate Design Code

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has released a new code for protecting children’s privacy. The code aims to clarify the privacy standards that the Commission expects to see implemented by the organizations offering online services and apps to children.

The code is available here
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Security professionals pessimistic about the future of data protection

According to the latest report by Black Hat, only 26% of more than 300 top information security professionals believe that individuals will be able to protect their online identity and privacy in the future. This shows that most experts perceive the protection of data as a lost cause. This report should be a wake-up call for users of social networks, in particular considering the many data breaches that occurred after the Facebook scandal.

The full report is available here