Will EU GDPR Help Prevent Mass Data Leaks?

Will EU GDPR Help Prevent Mass Data Leaks?

"In mid-June, the personal data of 198 million US voters, including analytics data that suggests who a person is likely to vote for and why, was according to ZD Net leaked, in what is thought to be the largest ever known voter information exposure case."

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The arrival of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in 2018 is a highly anticipated event, not least of all due to the data clean-up and organizing it forces organizations across Europe and beyond to conduct. Will this renewed overview of data also mean mass data leaks will become a thing of the past?

Largest ever voter information exposure  

In mid-June, the personal data of 198 million US voters, including analytics data that suggests who a person is likely to vote for and why, was according to ZD Net leaked, in what is thought to be the largest ever known voter information exposure case.

The data, including personal information and voter profiling data on potentially every registered US voter dating back over a decade, was stored on an unsecured cloud Amazon server. Whilst a technical vulnerability does not seem to have been abused, the potential breach is staggering. The reason for the vulnerability seems to be a recent faulty change in the access control – a type of problem that typically can be avoided with improved identity management and access governance control, such as the Omada solution.

With the arrival of the EU GDPR next year, this sort of incident is unlikely to happen in Europe, where the new regulations mean a new overview and clarification of data. Read more about the EU GDPR here.


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