GDPR has forced many companies to change data handling processes. However some are choosing questionable paths to keep collecting data from users. The the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) – which recently accused Nintendo of illegally denying EU customers refunds, claims that Facebook, Google and Microsoft are influencing user behavior, pushing them away from privacy-friendly options in an “unethical” way.
Sometimes you need to share a large media file: a CAD drawing or a graphics heavy report with co-workers. Depending on the size and number of files that you need to share, this can be a problem. Attaching large files to an email is in most cases not possible. Gmail for example, only gives a total of 50MB for emails, and don’t forget that large files will use your storage quota while they are kept in the sent folder.
One evening you are having a nice chat with a friend about a trip to Barcelona you wanted to do for a while now. The next morning you wake up, open Facebook and your timeline is full of ads of cheap flights to Barcelona and hotels in the city. Coincidence? Maybe not.
When we think about sharing sensitive files online, it easy to assume they are either work documents or selfies you don’t want everyone to see. The truth is the type of files we share can vary significantly.
In some cases, you just want to send a contract for your client to sign, instead of mailing it. In other cases, you might have a large attachment that you want to share with your partners.
A data processing agreement is nothing new. Before the General data protection regulation (GDPR) went into force on May 25, there were already similar agreements in place. The main difference is that now, under the GDPR it is mandatory for companies to sign a data processing agreement. Who has to sign it? What should be included and why do you need one?
A recent article from The Next Web warns that free VPN services could be selling your data to 3rd parties. While the dangers of using a free VPN service are nothing new for the tech savvy, many are still using them.
At a time where the GDPR is now in full force in the European Union, this is an issue that will become more relevant. The article argues that free VPN services are the biggest culprits in abusing data. But before we list how dangerous VPNs can be, let’s see why you would need one in the first place.