Privacy endangered by data breaches

Our sense of privacy is being endangered by the rise of data breaches, hacking and spying concerns, according to Microsoft’s chief privacy officer Brendon Lynch. Kiwi-born Lynch, argues that a new law change proposing stricter penalties for data breaches is “not the be-all, end-all” security protocol for emerging cyber risks in New Zealand. While identity theft and credit card fraud remain the top concerns facing New Zealanders, Lynch highlights the emergence of wearable technology as being a notable risk of privacy, due to the possibility of predicting people’s activity from the datasets generated from the number of personal devices connected to the Internet.


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