FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: June 3rd-9th

Do you like our new weekly series? We’re rounding up the most important events in cybersecurity every week to keep you informed.

This past week saw both wins and losses for data privacy and online security. From a new cybersecurity research center to a particularly shocking alleged scam that targeted iPhone users, it was a busy week! Catch up on all the news you need to stay ahead here:

  • In a big win for data privacy, Apple announced at their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote that they will be banning third-party advertising and analytics for ads that have younger audiences. Need some tips on how to keep your children safe in the digital world? Check out our cybersecurity advice for the whole family here.
  • A gang based out of New York City was recently charged with allegedly using an advanced identity theft scam that involved hacking into iPhones in use. It supposedly yielded them a shocking $19 million profit. Protect yourself by using our easy guide to securing your smartphone here.
  • The United States GAO released a report last Tuesday that addressed the FBI’s use of their Facial Recognition Database – which now has more than 641 million photos of people’s faces. Facial recognition technology has been increasingly in the news lately as experts and organizations question how these new technologies will fit in with rising needs for high data privacy standards.
  • The University of New Brunswick and the National Research Council of Canada announced their collaboration on a new cybersecurity research center in city of Fredericton. They will be prioritizing cybersecurity research in the fields of artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and cybercrime.  
  • Last week was the one year anniversary of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) launch! The GDPR is a set of groundbreaking consumer data protection laws in the EU that has changed the landscape of governmental regulation on data privacy. To honor the anniversary, Forbes released an article detailing the main points of it and how they affected cybersecurity and online privacy in the past year.