Daily Digest (4/8)

FBI Issues Teleconferencing Rules for COVID-19; Stanford Researchers Propose AI In-Home System to Monitor for Coronavirus; UK Defers Fines in British Airways, Marriott Data Breaches. Click below to read more.

FBI Issues Teleconferencing Rules for COVID-19

The FBI said it had received “multiple reports” of teleconferencing being “disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language” — and issued guidelines for “exercising due diligence and caution in your cybersecurity efforts.”

In the Boston area, for instance, someone dialed into a high school class last month, “yelled a profanity and then shouted the teacher’s home address” during the session.

The agency’s guidelines include not making meetings or classrooms public, not sharing links on social media and managing screensharing options.

Source: FBI (external link)

Stanford Researchers Propose AI In-Home System to Monitor for Coronavirus

Two Stanford University researchers have devised an AI-powered in-home system that could track a resident’s health, including for signs of COVID-19, while protecting privacy.

The system would target senior citizens, many of whom live alone or are connected to family or medical caregivers. It also would help them avoid dealing with other people during the pandemic, VentureBeat reports.

Still in the research phase, the device would include cameras and smart sensors mounted in the home — though researchers acknowledged the privacy challenges posed by the cameras.

Source: Venture Beat (external link)

UK Defers Fines in British Airways, Marriott Data Breaches

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office will extend its investigations into the 2018 data breaches at British Airways and Marriott International, deferring the imposition of millions of dollars in fines under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation guidelines.

Final decisions could come as late as June, ComputerWeekly.com reports. The companies were fined last summer — and the penalties could be the largest imposed under GDPR laws.

Regulators are seeking more time for further investigation, as well as for considering the companies’ appeals of the fines and for seeking out the views of other EU data-protection authorities, ComputerWeekly reports.

Source: Computer Weekly (external link)

By DPN Staff