This summer, Governor Ricardo Rossello was forced to resign after a massive information leak from a messaging application he had been using exposed various levels of corruption and other embarrassing details. Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos certainly experienced a similar (though not as damning) information leak when his WhatsApp messages with now-girlfriend, then-mistress Lauren Sanchez revealed he was having an affair. Let’s not even talk about Anthony Weiner… And yet, we continue to see information leaks stemming from messaging applications over and over again.
Former Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello’s leaked messages this summer raised many questions for us privacy junkies, including alarm bells about secure messaging applications. We wondered, in light of such a massive breach of supposedly secure messaging, what constitutes secure messaging today? What constitutes private messaging today?
Last month, GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union, celebrated its first anniversary. So how are we doing one year later? There are many outcomes that can be attributed to the regulation, some that have improved privacy and some that haven’t had much of an effect. Let’s take a look at some of the developments and highlights of the past year and their impact on privacy:
The high-profile Golden State Killer case is causing experts to debate the privacy implications of using genealogical data from open-source sites, like GEDmatch.com, in criminal investigations. There are no laws prohibiting detectives from using the data, but law enforcement experts are concerned about potential abuses of this investigative method. Others have argued the tactic represents an invasion of privacy – but does it?