Awareness on European GDPR rises

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A laptop screen displays a message after it was infected with ransomware during a worldwide cyberattack, in Geldrop, Netherlands, 27 June 2017 (issued 28 June 2017). Kaspersky Lab reported that the malware, despite resembling 'Petya' malware that affected computers last year, is believed to be a new type of ransomware, which the cybersecurity company called 'ExPetr'. The ransomware has reportedly affected mostly Ukraine and Russia and several cases were also found in Poland, Italy, Britain, Germany, France, the US and several other countries, with around 2,000 cases reported so far. The ransomware has reportedly affected US pharmaceutical giant Merck, Russia's oil producer Rosneft, Ukrainian central bank, Spanish food company Mondelez, who owns Cadbury chocolate factory and French shipping company TNT, among other global companies.

Awareness on European GDPR rises


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13 June marks the first year of application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. On this occasion, the Commission organized an event and published the results of a special Eurobarometer survey on data protection, that show that Europeans are relatively well aware of the new data protection rules. In particular, 73% of respondents have heard of at least one of the six tested rights guaranteed by the GDPR.
The highest levels of awareness among citizens are recorded for the right to access their own data (65%), the right to correct the data if they are wrong (61%), the right to object to receiving direct marketing (59%) and the right to have their own data deleted (57%).

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