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On average, the cost of a cyber attack in 2018 was $3.86 million, which is a tremendous amount … and it was only the average!? From new, emerging technologies to advanced security vulnerabilities … cyber-attacks are steadily growing more and more extreme than anything we’ve seen in the past. It’s true that no-one is “safe” and in actuality, no-one ever was.

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One of the defining moments for tech in 2018 was on May 25, when the EU implemented its General Data Protection Regulation — the ominous GDPR.

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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner will begin to apply these guidelines on January 1, 2019. The release of these guidelines is part of the Office’s work to improve the current consent model under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

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Despite the frequency of data breaches and their accompanying publicity, not many people actually understand the key concepts concerned with data storage, such as the difference between data privacy and data protection.

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CEOs, Boards of Directors and Trustees are now realising how fatal cybersecurity failures can really be. In reality, a major data breach will ruin not only an organisation’s reputation, damage its brand and future prospects or plans, but also have serious consequences on the bottom line.

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It’s been the usual mix of data breaches this month, with lots of mistakes being made and lots of ransoms being paid.

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Restrictions on data localization are not entirely new to Canada, since similar provisions are found in the CPTPP (the successor to the Trans Pacific Partnership). That means that Canada has already agreed to limits on data localization with or without the USMCA.

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It’s time for the month’s list of breaches and cyber attacks, and it’s a big one. Almost 1 billion records were leaked this month – 925,633,824 to be exact.

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In June, The Privacy Advisor asked global data protection authorities to reveal how many GDPR complaints had been filed thus far. The numbers they provided varied widely,

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