In few months, GDPR is introduced into force, and companies racing against time to comply with the new rules.
Among several things, the regulation mandates that EU citizens must be able to get access to their personal data stored by companies and information about how these personal data are being processed.
Facebook users to get new privacy center
According to helpnetsecurity, “Facebook is getting ready to roll out a new global privacy center, through which users will be able to tweak core privacy settings for Facebook. This should make it easier for users to manage their data, i.e., make informed choices about their privacy.“
“Our apps have long been focused on giving people transparency and control and this gives us a very good foundation to meet all the requirements of the GDPR and to spur us on to continue investing in products and in educational tools to protect privacy,” Sandberg said at a Facebook event in Brussels on Tuesday.
Microsoft users get diagnostic data viewer and updated privacy dashboard
Microsoft also works in this context. It was added a new Activity History page to the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Through this page, users can see what data are saved with their Microsoft account, as well as to adjust privacy settings on their device or browser.
With this tool, users have the ability to view and manage media consumption data, product and service activity export any of the data they see on the dashboard and also delete specific items.
Through this tool, Windows users will be able to see and search all Windows diagnostic data that’s in the Microsoft cloud related to their specific device.
This tool will include:
- Common data (OS name, version, device ID, etc.)
- Device Connectivity and Configuration data (device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information)
- Product and Service Performance data (device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries). “It’s important to note that this functionality is not intended to capture user viewing or, listening habits,” says Marisa Rogers, Privacy Officer with Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group.
- Product and Service Usage data (device, OS, applications, services).
- Software Setup and Inventory (installed applications and install history, device update information).
Pedro Tavares is a professional in the field of information security working as an Ethical Hacker/Pentester, Malware Researcher and also a Security Evangelist. He is also a founding member at CSIRT.UBI and Editor-in-Chief of the security computer blog seguranca-informatica.pt.
In recent years he has invested in the field of information security, exploring and analyzing a wide range of topics, such as pentesting (Kali Linux), malware, exploitation, hacking, IoT and security in Active Directory networks. He is also Freelance Writer (Infosec. Resources Institute and Cyber Defense Magazine) and developer of the 0xSI_f33d – a feed that compiles phishing and malware campaigns targeting Portuguese citizens.
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