Articles By Howard Solomon

Facebook, Twitter try to limit U.S. regulation at hearing

Senior executives of Facebook and Twitter faced a Congressional committee Wednesday morning trying to limit the amount of regulation the U.S. government might impose on social media companies in the wake of increasing

Published on: September 6th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Facebook, Twitter axe hundreds of accounts, allege groups in Iran, Russia manipulated content

Allegations that Facebook and Twitter are being manipulated by non-U.S. groups have now been extended against Iran after the two social media giants separately announced Tuesday night they have taken down hundreds of accounts,

Published on: August 22nd, 2018 Howard Solomon

Many organizations still ignore basic security, survey suggests

Experts are going hoarse telling organizations they have to build their cyber security strategies around doing the basics, including having an accurate inventory of everything on the network. But if a survey sponsored by Tripwire is accurate not many are following even the top

Published on: August 10th, 2018 Howard Solomon

New Zealand company violated rights of Canadians, says privacy commissioner

How far can companies go using personal information of people copied from a publicly-available website? Not far at all if it involves Canadians who don't give their consent, according to a decision released

Published on: July 19th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Cost of Canadian data breaches continues to rise, says study

The average cost of data breaches at Canadian companies is going up, it’s taking them longer to detect breaches and longer to contain them, new data suggests. The numbers are contained in the

Published on: July 11th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Canadian mobile digital identity service to launch this fall

A long-awaited Canadian mobile digital identity validation service supported by Canada’s biggest banks and telcos will launch this fall, with hopes it will be a big boost to the digital economy. Called Verified.Me,

Published on: June 21st, 2018 Howard Solomon

Only 40% of Canadian firms surveyed have data breach response procedures

Half of Canadian executives say they have low or no concerns about a potential breach involving their own business, a new survey for the federal privacy commissioner has found. The survey of 1,014 Canadian senior

Published on: June 4th, 2018 Howard Solomon

RightsCon Report: Few on panel support right to be forgotten

European privacy regulators recognize people the right to have search engines de-index years-old sensitive information about them – including criminal convictions and dropped charges – as a so-called ‘right to be forgotten.’ So

Published on: May 23rd, 2018 Howard Solomon

Machine learning systems that discriminate violate human rights, Toronto-based declaration says

Machine learning software has been touted as the next wave of innovation, promising to help governments and businesses make faster and more accurate decisions. But human rights activists and technology groups warned Wednesday

Published on: May 17th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Don’t relax just because some EU regulators aren’t ready for GDPR: Cavoukian

In 16 days -- May 25th -- the European Union's tough privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation takes effect, with some experts predicting turmoil because many businesses in and outside

Published on: May 11th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Spending on cybersecurity may boost retail sales, report suggests

There's more evidence that spending on cybersecurity may help retailers sell their products. According to a Capgemini survey of 6,120 consumers in nine countries released Wednesday,  77 per cent of respondents ranked cybersecurity

Published on: May 10th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Former Yahoo owner fined $35 million USD over massive data breach

Altaba, the legal entity that used to oversee Yahoo Inc.'s search engine and email service, has agreed to pay a $35 million fine from an American regulator for failing to disclose to investors

Published on: April 25th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Federal budget: RCMP, CSE to get new cyber crime fighting centres

The country's biggest law enforcement and electronic security agencies are about to have their cyber crime fight capabilities increased by tens of millions of dollars. In its budget announced Tuesday the government proposes giving

Published on: February 28th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Cyber crime costs the world almost US$600 billion a year: Report

Cyber crime may now cost the world almost $600 billion USD a year, up from $445 billion USD three years ago. That estimate comes from the latest Economic Impact of Cybercrime report by

Published on: February 26th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Bell acknowledges data breach

Bell Canada has acknowledged hackers have accessed personal information of what it has told CBC News are less than 100,000 customers. The telco says information accessed included names, email addresses, account user names

Published on: January 23rd, 2018 Howard Solomon