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EU Privacy Direction

Last week I had the privilege of attending a seminar at which Peter Hustinx, the EU Privacy Commissioner outlined the future approach on personal data protection in the European Union.   This approach includes “a right to be forgotten” as well as mandatory data breach reporting.   Given…

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Security questions for authentication - a ticking privacy time bomb?

We all are familiar with external (and sometimes also internal) websites which require us to pick or define security questions and to provide answer to these questions. What is your mother's maiden name? Which is your favourite sports team? Which is the color you like most? And so on...…

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German National ID – Privacy by Design

Best practices session at the European Identity Conference 2010 by Andreas Reisen, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany

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Why IPv6 might benefit from European and German privacy regulations

Yesterday, the German Federal Constitutional Court declared the German law on "Vorratsdatenspeicherung" for illegal. That wasn't a real surprise, given that this is overall well aligned to other decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court. Two interesting annotations: There where some…

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Microsoft releases its privacy-enabling U-Prove technology

Microsoft has just announced the availability of U-Prove - an innovative privacy-enabling technology that it acquired almost exactly two years ago. This is a significant announcement, because of two reasons: first of all, the technology is in our opinion a gigantic enabler for many…

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How to Train Your AI to Mis-Identify Dragons

This week Skylight Cyber disclosed that they were able to fool a popular “AI”-based Endpoint Protection (EPP) solution into incorrectly marking malware as safe. While trying to reverse-engineer the details of the solution's Machine Learning (ML) engine, the researchers found that it contained a secondary ML model added specifically to whitelist certain types of software like popular games. Supposedly, it was added to reduce the number of false positives their "main engine" was [...]

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