December Data Breaches: bigger and worse?
Many will have noticed generalist media covering the latest personal data scandals in early December. The hotel chain Marriot realised 500 million accounts of their loyalty program had been compromised (some including sensitive information such as passport and credit card details).
The British Parliament released 250 pages of internal communication from Facebook, showing a certain loose attitude to their user’s personal data. From the email, it shows that FB shared profile information (friendship) with some ‘trusted’ companies, but without the permission of the users.
In light of these worsening breaches, discussion about what can be done to improve cyber security is a necessity..
Mobile Tech: strong innovations, shaky fundaments?
A recent contribution to MEF’s blog from has recently reported another issue with mobile fundaments. This time with Personal Data Leaks that could be generated by accessing HLR lookup services.
The problem is serious, and many operators have dealt with it equally seriously. However, 1 in 3 operators has not yet addressed this security hole. This is another of the mobile building blocks, and it offers valuable services to the ecosystem, such as message routing, or checking SIM-Swap.
While no major issue has been reported yet, hearing worrying murmurs on such an important part of the ecosystem should give us pause...
Capability Acquisition: reinventing the ecosystem
Let’s spend a minute to pause and look at some of markets where MEF members are acting, and how capability acquisitions are used there. In Mobile Content services we are also seeing new mixing capabilities across players. In June, Syntonic the Australian company behind sponsored content services bought the Mobile Commerce Unit of Zenvia in Brasil.
How much do you think that M&A are shaping the industry? What is the strategy and lessons from your company? Can MEF help you in identifying opportunities? Let the forum know what you think.
GDPR is here, now comes the difficult bit
The milestone has just passed for the implementation of GDPR, and many of you might have sighed in relief in May, when looking at the compliance checklist for the treatment of personal data. However, not even a month had passed since the official implementation deadline, and there were already news that made us think of GDPR again. The implementation of data protection was a first step, but both industry and regulators now have to look at the interpretation in real life/ real business. What will personal data regulation mean in our day to day business?