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MyFitnessPal and Saks data breaches and the Facebook fiasco
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MyFitnessPal and Saks data breaches and the Facebook fiasco 

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Saks data breach

A few days ago, three Canadian locations of department store Saks, were exposed to the data breach. This was revealed by Saks parent company, Hudson’s Bay.

Three Canadian Saks locations, all in Ontario, were exposed to the breach:

· Sherway Gardens in Toronto.

· Bramalea City Centre in Brampton.

· Pickering Town Centre.

Hudson Bay itself, at the time of recording this podcast, hasn’t said whether any of its Canadian locations were affected. It says the investigation is ongoing, but there’s no indication the breach affected the company’s digital platforms or Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters stores.

The company is asking clients to review their account statements to see if there have been activity or transactions they don’t recognize and that they will notify customers affected by the breach as quickly as possible and will offer free identity protection services once they learn more about the breach.

MyFitnessPal breach

There has been another massive data breach, over 150 million My Fitness Pal accounts were compromised.

Under Armour, the company that owns MyFitnessPal, quickly sent out notifications to its users and once the breach was discovered, so they deserve some credit for how they responded unlike the other examples we have seen over the last few years and recently.

In addition to notifying all MyFitnessPal users, the company has provided information about how users can protect their data, and asking that all users to change their passwords. They are also working with law enforcement to investigate and monitor for suspicious activity, and exploring enhancements to help detect and prevent similar unauthorized access in the future.

Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the current backlash that Facebook is getting regarding the way data collected by Facebook was used. The shortened version of what he said, was, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t, then, we don’t deserve to serve you.”

That is not right. That’s not the issue here. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is not about a failure to protect users’ data; it is a failure to protect the privacy of users’ data. There is a difference there. So, let me repeat, is not about a failure to protect users’ data; it is a failure to protect the privacy of users’ data.

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