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The Data Drop News for Friday, April 8, 2022

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

Over Half of Data Security Incidents Caused by Insiders. New campaign in UK to rename cookies as 'data collectors' to highlight kids' privacy online. Some Russian oligarchs are using U.K. data privacy law to sue. Ukraine has started using Clearview AI’s facial recognition during the war. Ukraine war: Mobile networks being weaponized to target troops on both sides of conflict. Plus the latest in PrivTech news!


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Over Half of Data Security Incidents Caused by Insiders

The findings of a new study conducted by analyst firm Forrestor have revealed that 70% of EMEA organizations have no insider risk strategy despite employees directly or indirectly causing most data security incidents over the past year.


The researchers interviewed 150 security and IT professionals in Europe as part of a wider study entitled "Insider Threats Drive Data Protection Improvements".


Researchers found that insider threats caused 59% of incidents impacting sensitive data in the past 12 months.


This follows a previous analysis of the most significant breaches of the past five years, which revealed a quarter were caused by human error or compromised credentials.


The largest number of respondents to the Forrester study cited a lack of budget and internal expertise as their reason for not prioritizing insider risk. However, nearly a third claimed they don’t see employees as a major threat, and a similar number cited internal roadblocks such as a lack of executive sponsorship.


New campaign in UK to rename cookies as 'data collectors' to highlight kids' privacy online

Cookies have long been criticized as invasive tracking devices, collecting data on people’s internet behavior without their consent. So if you're asked to "accept cookies" online, as an adult you might think twice. But as a kid, nothing could seem more appealing. That's the insight behind a new browser plug-in developed by London agency Forever Beta, that renames digital "cookies" as "data collectors" in order to highlight concerns over kids' online data. Forever Beta is approaching websites that target children to push them to make the switch and is also petitioning the U.K. government to stop the use of the word "cookies" in data capture.


Some Russian oligarchs are using U.K. data privacy law to sue

Russian oligarchs and other powerful individuals are turning to an unusual method to protect their online images: data privacy laws.


Those laws, which were intended to prevent ads from tracking consumers too closely around the Internet, are now being used in the United Kingdom to sue anyone holding undesirable information on their devices.


That could include a journalist‘s notes from an interview typed into a computer or a private investigator’s compromising photos stored on a phone.


“The way the law is being used by oligarchs to silence journalists is expressly not what Parliament’s intention was,” said Liam Byrne, a member of Parliament. “It’s all part of trying to murder the truth.”


Ukraine has started using Clearview AI’s facial recognition during war

Ukraine's defense ministry on Saturday began using Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology, the company's chief executive told Reuters after the U.S. startup offered to uncover Russian assailants, combat misinformation, and identify the dead. Clearview said it had not offered the technology to Russia, which calls its actions in Ukraine a "special operation." Ukraine's Ministry of Defense did not reply to requests for comment.


Ukraine war: Mobile networks being weaponized to target troops on both sides of conflict

New evidence suggest