EU cyber security agency Enisa publishes report on risks of online applications

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EU cyber security agency Enisa publishes report on risks of online applications

Warwick Ashford

The EU's 'cyber security' agency Enisa has published a report on the future impact of life-logging and online personal data; and the effects on privacy, economy, society and individual psychology.

The report looks to 2014 to predict risks and benefits of emerging life-logging technologies and includes recommendations on addressing security and privacy risks.

To benefit from online applications, users need to upload personal information, and that involves risk, says Enisa.

For commercial organisations, there is the risk of breaching data protection laws, resulting in legal sanctions and irreversible damage to reputation.

Governments may suffer losses of public confidence if they are perceived not to be properly protecting their citizens’ personal information.

For individuals, there are threats to privacy, loss of personal data control, harm to reputation and the possibility of psychological damage from exclusion or the feeling of constant surveillance.

“The original feature of our report is that it proves how information security risks impact several aspects of citizens’ lives and society; it connects the benefits of life-logging, while considering privacy and data protection aspects too,” said Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of Enisa.

Enisa’s recommendations include:

•    That the European Commission uses the report in the current revision of the Data Protection Directive and to promote security and privacy risk management as a framework

•    That governments create a regulatory environment with incentives for privacy-aware devices and services to support competition, interoperability, and to introduce sanctions for personal data breaches

•    That service providers consider the security/privacy impacts of new services, and to use strong security controls to protect individuals’ personal data.


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