Privacy, Education and Human Dignity

Access to knowledge for everyone in the increasingly-interconnected society has been a tool for democracy. We discuss here the dangers of a world online and the growing concerns about state surveillance, security, privacy and exploitation. We discuss our right to protect our individual freedom. We conclude that privacy is a fundamental Human Rights in order to guarantee human dignity and freedom.

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Interview With the Privacy Professor Rebecca Herold

2018 privacy hero of the year, Tara Taubman-Bassirian, discusses the EU GDPR, the increasing need for protecting privacy in the increasingly technology-rich environment, and some activities for Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2019. What are the benefits of GDPR? Where can it be improved upon? What do companies struggle with most for GDPR compliance? What is a “hot potato” GDPR issue? How are binding corporate rules (BCRs) used for non-adequate countries? How has Brexit impacted GDPR compliance? Why does privacy matter? What are the current largest threats to privacy? What are some activities for Data Privacy Day? Hear Tara discuss these topics, and more, with Rebecca.

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UK Watchdog Investigation of British Airways and Marriott Hotels Security Breaches

Following an incident reported to the ICO in September 2018, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, investigated and uncovered that the personal data of up to 500,000 BA customers had been unlawfully accessed. The BA’s website had been diverted to a dummy site where customer details were harvested by hackers. Some credit cards long number and security codes had been discolosed causing serious security breaches. On 8th of July 2019, the ICO published a Notice of Intent to fine British Airways 183 million £.

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