How our personal data were brought into the public domain in 2018
27 Sep 2019

Last year, the consumers of social networks, file hosting services and other online resources were deeply shocked as their data were publicly displayed. Such numerous scandals and violations of rights had led to the adoption of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’). Now companies have to pay hefty fines for their user's personal data breaches or the sale of such data to third parties.

According to DarkReading, during the first nine months of 2018, there had been estimated 3,676 data breaches. Most of them were revealed in the largest companies, which enjoyed enormous trust and were considered to be reliable.

A huge scandal with Facebook

Although there isn’t much direct evidence that the received information influenced the results of the election of Trump, people became aware of the fact that their data were not protected and could at any time become a tool for manipulation.

The largest informational incident occurred on March 17, 2018, when the Guardian and the New York Times had announced fraud on the part of Facebook owners. The data of at least 87 million Facebook users were sold to the British political consulting company called Cambridge Analytica. Thereupon, these data were used in the political race by Donald Trump’s supporters for target messaging Facebook users. It was a quiz application, in order to find out who a vote will be given for, and only a few hundred thousand people accepted it. But the program was created in such a way as to receive data not only of the survey participants, but all their virtual friends as well.

Despite the juicy scandal, Facebook continues to violate confidentiality limits this year as well. Regular cyber attacks reveal data on where users of a popular social network live and work, what their relationship status is and what they are interested in.

Fitness app Polar exposes private data of U.S. military and security personnel

The popular fitness app Polar, actively used by many in the US military and the secret services, unpleasantly surprised users. Due to a very weak data security system, hackers managed to track application users as they exercised around their military bases. But the greatest indignation was caused by the fact that many were able to see the military and security officials’ names, their accomodation details, and all data related to their physical parameters as well.

The published results were terrifying - the personal information of more than 6,460 U.S. military and security personnel was disclosed. Data on secret employees stationed at foreign military bases went public as well, which, in turn, undermined the US security system.

Exactis publicly displays personal information

The famous Florida company - Exactis - also affected American citizens. 230 million people and 110 million companies were compromised, and access to their data became open. As many as two terabytes of information on people and businesses, including e-mails, hobbies, religious beliefs, and many other interests, were used against the Americans.

# Aadhaar illegal sale of login credentials

Aadhaar –the largest biometric identification system in the world (run by the Indian government), has been caught “red-handed” in selling data on each Indian citizen for 7 USD. That is the amount for which the information including photographs, fingerprints and home addresses was evaluated by the company employees and allowed third persons to download files containing confidential information.

However, the most surprising thing was that the situation had been completely ignored by the officials. Moreover, a criminal complaint for “misreporting” was filed against the journalist who had discovered the devious scheme. Even after the fact of the system’s vulnerability had been proven, the Indian government issued a denial again and failed to take any measures to enhance the security.

These are not all the facts evidencing the unreliability of technical giants and online resources. As it was demonstrated, in reality, people's files are totally unprotected, confidential information can be made public at any time, and therefore, can be used against a person.

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