Telecom lobbyists have stalled as many as 70 privacy bills, Apple’s answer to Congress, Insider threat, MongoDB vulnerability hits Telemedicine, Verizon’s VPN is not so private afterall

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

There is a reason why ISPs and telecom companies are reaping huge profits by selling your real-time data. The US government or the state governments can't do anything about it because everytime a law is framed to prevent the telecom companies from selling your data, the lobbying firms employed by US telecom companies to successfully stall them. In fact, the lobbyists were able to stall as many as 70 state-level bills this year that would prevent ISPs from selling customer data. Read more about how telecom companies lobby to kill privacy bills on Motherboard.

Apple responds to Congress' letter on data security and privacy

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce last month sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page asking about the companies' data security and privacy practices. The Apple CEO has responded to Congress' inquiry on privacy and security with a 19-page letter that covers location tracking, microphone use, and more. In the letter, Apple has reiterated that it values user privacy and collects as little data as possible as a practice. Source: Cnet.

The Missing Link In Developing A Cybersecurity Strategy

Everyone talks about cybersecurity strategy. The need is apparent and the risks are real -- for both external and internal threats. Internal breaches have escalated and now make up 75% of cyber attacks. Stemming from the hands of employees, people talk about insider risk less despite the rising numbers, and prevention strategies may tend to focus more on the wrongly perceived bigger dangers of malicious external hackers. Read Brad Noe take a look at how companies are overlooking insider threat in their cybersecurity strategy on Forbes.

Telemedicine Breach Highlights Database Vulnerabilities

Each day, it seems, brings another major data breach, many involving human errors such as ensuring that security and privacy settings are properly configured before data is exposed to “the wild,” that is, the internet. The latest in a long line of examples came earlier this month when a MongoDB database was exposed online, reportedly containing the detailed health care information on more than 2.3 million patients in Mexico. Read how a misconfigured MongoDB database led to a data breach at Telemedicine on Datanami.

Verizon Didn’t Bother to Write a Privacy Policy for its ‘Privacy Protecting’ VPN

Verizon is rolling out a new Virtual Private Network service called Safe Wi-Fi it developed in conjunction with McAfee. According to Verizon, the $4 per month service “protects your privacy and blocks ad tracking, creating a secure Wi-Fi connection anywhere in the world.” However, Verizon's current privacy policy says that states that McAfee and Verizon have the right to collect an ocean of data on the end user, including carrier data, Bluetooth device IDs, mobile device ID, mobile advertising identifiers, MAC address, IMEI data, and more. The policy explicitly says that browsing history can be used to help target ads to the user. Looks like Verizon's VPN is more likely to leak your data than protect it. Read more on Motherboard.

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