Six months after it went into effect at the start of 2020, legal enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) finally began on the first of July.
At the beginning of this year, Google announced that by 2022, the Chrome web browser will drop support for third-party tracking cookies, which – until now – have allowed advertisers to collect information from online users and follow them around the web to deliver more personalized messages.
The integrity of our political process and national security requires taking a look at the broader digital ecosystem to better understand how foreign powers can easily track and exploit U.S citizens through digital channels.
Imagine waking up one day to find a strange letter in your mailbox from a popular department store. Inside is a brand-new credit card, and a note which thanks you for signing up. Confused, you don't immediately suspect anything: but the next day, it happens again with a completely different store – and then again, and again. On and on it goes until you are in possession of fifteen different credit cards, none of which you ever signed up for.
According to the Breach Level Index, 13,443,149,623 data records have been lost or stolen since 2013 with more than 3-billion records compromised just in 2018. That represents a 72 percent increase over 2017. Between cybercriminals dynamically pounding on the front door of websites and new data privacy regulations enacted, companies are being squeezed from both sides.