News Alerts And Breach Report For Week Of November 28, 2022

News Alerts and Breach Report for Week of November 28, 2022

Meta Fined for GDPR Violation

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has incurred another fine for its mishandling of personal information. The most recent $275 million fine, levied by the Irish Data Protection Authority, brings Meta’s total GDPR fines in the last year to $900 million. According to the New York Times, “The fine issued on Monday stems from an investigation started last year by Irish regulators into reports that Facebook had not safeguarded its platform against being “scraped” for information, leading to the publication on an online hacker forum of data that included users’ names, locations and birth dates, in violation of rules that require companies to safeguard personal information.” Meta’s case is part of a larger uptick in GDPR enforcement. Google and Amazon have also been fined heavily in the last year, and just last week the French data protection authority, CNIL, fined messaging platform DISCORD INC. 800,000 euros for failing to create and implement a data protection program. 

India’s Data Protection Bill Faces Criticism

After five years of negotiations, India has veered away from protecting privacy as a fundamental right in the most recent draft of its data protection bill. The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, now open to public comment, is substantially shorter than its predecessors, and according to analysis by the Washington Post, is “a more forceful attempt to legislate a Chinese-style surveillance state in the world’s largest democracy—something that will disappoint the country’s liberals, upset trading partners by turning data into a potential tool of foreign policy, and cause the West and India to drift further apart ideologically.”

Healthcare Sector Targeted by New Ransomware

The Health Care Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (IC3) earlier this month warned healthcare organizations of a ransomware called Venus (also known as GOODGAME). The ransomware specifically targets exposed Windows Remote Desktop services and encrypts Windows devices, as well as deleting necessary logs and applications. For more information, find the alert here.

Meta Pixel Captures Sensitive Financial Info From E-Filing Sites

Several popular e-filing sites, including H&R Block, have been transmitting sensitive personal financial information to Facebook for the purpose of powering targeted ads. According to The Verge, “The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts.”

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