Category: Privacy by Design

Qwant.com & YesWeHack to harden companies’ systems

Qwant.com's Security & Privacy Fund is now real and it aims at hardening companies' systems through our YesWeHack.com !

Qwant has always believed that the development of online services should be done with maximum protection of the confidentiality of users personal data. That is why Qwant took a “privacy by design” and a “data minimization” approach from day one, which requires to think preventively of the technical means and business models that generate as little risks as possible for the privacy of users.

Since 2014, thanks to YesWeHack founders, Qwant has created its bug bounty program.

Each year Qwant offers bounties to the vulnerabilities hunters gathered at La Nuit du Hack, in Paris. Those programs run by HackerzVoice & YesWeHack teams have significantly helped Qwant to build up skills, and to even better protect their users personal data.

And for the 15th edition of La Nuit du Hack, Qwant wants to offer other startups and organizations - thanks to its fund - the opportunity to challenge and increase the security of their services with the best hackers in Europe and in the world, to improve privacy on the Internet.

Qwant grants 10,000 euros to this fund, that will allow to pay bounties to hackers who will discover vulnerabilities on the services of startups or associations that share Qwant’s ethical values.

Organizations that are selected to benefit from this fund will of course be accompanied to put the bug bounty program together.

You can find all the necessary details to apply for this Privacy & Security Fund at the operation’s official website: https://hackmeimfamous.com/

European Regulation for the Protection of Personal Data and Data Security


By

Eric A. Caprioli, Attorney Admitted to Practice Before Court of Appeals, Juris Doctor, Member of French Delegation to United Nations
&
Isabelle Cantero, Associate (Caprioli & Associés), Lead for Privacy and Personal Data Practice


The European Regulation for the Protection of Personal Data (GDPR) was adopted on April 27, 2016 after 4 years of involved negotiations. Being a directly applicable regulation in each of the Member States (that is, not requiring a national law to implement), it should enable the harmonization of the statutes having to do with the protection of personal data within the European Union and bring the principles of protection into line with the realities of the digital era. It will go into effect on May 25, 2018. For many companies, these new provisions will involve costs related to the investment required to bring their current tools or procedures into compliance with the new rules.

Single Flexible Protective Statute for All EU Member States

The regulation is applicable to every entity in the private and the public sectors. It applies to the issues of Big Data, profiling, Cloud Computing, security of transborder data traffic, data portability when changing service providers... These issues are to be placed alongside the new advance protection principles (privacy by design or by default), analysis-based protection (impact assessment), documented protection (mandatory documentation serving as evidence of statutory compliance), cascading protection (processor liability and the possibility of joint liability), and stronger protection (rights of individuals and consent). And finally, the accountability principle (i. e. the obligation to prove statutory compliance of how personal information is being handled).

As far as stronger protection for the rights of individuals in concerned, consent should be the focus since it should never be implicit or general and it must be provable (documented and traceable) by the controller. Further, in addition to the conventional rights of individuals, such as access, correction/deletion and objection, the GDPR creates new rights (limitation on data processing, portability, etc.).

As for sanctions handed down by the enforcement authority  (CNIL), it should already be noted that they could be as high as EUR 3 million pursuant to the Digital Republic legislation of October 2016 but with GDPR, for violations of obligations set forth in matters of individual rights they could go all the way to 4% of global revenues, or EUR 20 million. For violations of other obligations prescribed by GDPR, the fines could be as high as 2% of global revenue, or EUR 10 million.

And to round off this brief summary of the changes, the current Ombudsperson for IT and Freedoms (optional designation) will be replaced by a Data Protection Officer whose functions will clearly be broader. This designation is mandatory under certain conditions: in a Government body or authority, whenever data processing enables regular and systematic large-scale monitoring of individuals, whenever sensitive or criminal record information is being processed on a large scale, or whenever required by Union or Member State law.

Personal Data Protection Core Security

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Interview of Gilles Cadignan – CEO & Co-Founder of Woleet

First of all, can you introduce us to Woleet?

Woleet.io was founded in Rennes in 2016. Woleet is a data anchoring platform using the Bitcoin blockchain. To sum up, we provide a SaaS platform that receives digital fingerprints of data and proceeds to anchor them in Bitcoin by linking these fingerprints to a transaction having a certain date. To achieve this, Woleet builds a cryptographic structure that allows multiple fingerprints to be put together in a single transaction.

The use of Woleet has many benefits:

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Load European Cybersecurity

YesWeHack : What about the legal features ?

YesWeHack.com - the first European Bug Bounty platform - was launched in early 2016.

Unlike some other platforms, YesWeHack.com presents some specific and legal features that are designed to strengthen its relevance, security and legitimacy.

Above all, Bountyfactory.io focuses on security and legal framework :

Our Servers are based in Europe. Therefore, No data exposure to the US services via FISA, Patriot Act, Freedom Act.

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The Internet of Elevators, of Cars, of Weapons !

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Have you ever watched The Lift ? A Dutch horror movie by director Dick Maas about an intelligent ( or smart ?) and murderous elevator starting a killing spree. (Source : wikipedia)

Scary, isn't it ?

Beyond fiction, the film "The Lift" aimed at questioning technology, systems you can not regain control over.

Nowadays, we are told about the benefits of design thinking, internet of things and their tremendous power in terms of digital and economic development... Oh wait.

Unfortunately, the Internet of Things is driven by marketing ravenous hyenas and very few IoT companies are inspired by - what we could call - the Security Design Thinking.

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Today, within the Internet of Things, Auto Industry has to struggle to prevent itself from being hacked both by criminals and by their inner blind appetite for market at the expense of their duty in the field of security.

Imagine the antithesis of the legendary film "Rebel without a cause" where the hero no longer rides a car as a symbol of freedom but he's the prisoner of a runaway wagon.

The revelations concerning the recent fraud on the behalf of  Volkswagen - by the way VW is not an isolated case - highlighted what is at stake in terms of security in the fabulous world of the Internet of Cars.

Before reaching the point of no return, Cars companies and end users should deeply consider the following thoughts :

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