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In late July, Samsung Electronics experienced a cybersecurity incident that resulted in the exposure of personal data of some American customers. The business said it discovered the data breach on August 4.   Samsung claims that the customers’ social security numbers and credit card numbers were unaffected, but information such as names, contact information, demographic information, date of birth, and product registration information was compromised.   Samsung has already issued a warning to impacted consumers to be on the lookout for phishing emails that attempt to obtain additional personal data. These emails may be used for identity theft or to deceive recipients into installing malware on their computers.   The business did not, however, address how many consumers were impacted or why it took Samsung more than a month to alert customers regarding this breach, which was reported only hours before a Labor Day weekend in the United States.  …

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued Facebook a penalty notice requiring the payment of £500,000 due to “a very serious data incident”. The fine is the maximum that can be imposed under the United Kingdom’s Data Protection Act 1998, which was the ruling document when the incidents occurred. “We considered these contraventions to be so serious we imposed the maximum penalty under the previous legislation. The fine would inevitably have been significantly higher under the GDPR. One of our main motivations for taking enforcement action is to drive meaningful change in how organisations handle people’s personal data,” commented the UK’s Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham. The data breach incidents occurred between 2007 and 2014, when Facebook failed to properly monitor the developers using the Facebook platform to build apps, and allowed them access to user information without clear consent. This particular case concerned Aleksandr Kogan and his…