Thursday, October 11, 2018

The law of unintended consequences


Hat tip: The Torygraph.
The EU’s​ General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks abuse by granting hackers a way to access more detailed information than ever before.
The rules allow consumers to download the information a company holds on them so they can move it to another service if they wish. Prof Yang said some of the largest organisations ­including Uber, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Google have been forced to add in a “super-dangerous” data download feature to comply with GDPR, which came into effect in May.
She said: “There’s more at stake when hackers get into accounts because they can now request all of your data, or they can request to delete your data.”
A hacker gained access to Yang’s Spotify account and her birth date, gender, postcode, mobile number, redacted credit card number and credit card expiration dates. Such information enables “jigsaw identification”.
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