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10 Things to Know About Data Privacy

Data breaches carried out by hackers are expected to go up 22 percent annually, exposing some 146 billion records

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A French soldier watches code lines on his computer during the International Cybersecurity forum in Lille, northern France, Jan. 23, 2018. VOA

From hackers exposing private information online to the handling of users’ data by internet giants, online privacy has become a matter of growing concern for countries, companies and people alike.

On Monday, countries around the world marked Data Privacy Day, also known as Data Protection Day — an initiative to raise awareness of internet safety issues.

Here are 10 facts about online privacy:

* Less than 60 percent of countries have laws to secure the protection of data and privacy.

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A data theft alert is displayed on a “threat spiral” at the ProtectWise booth during the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, July 26, 2017. VOA

* Europe’s data protection regulators have received more than 95,000 complaints about possible data breaches since the adoption of a landmark EU privacy law in May.

* More than one in two respondents to a 2018 global survey by pollster CIGI-Ipsos said they had grown more concerned about their online privacy compared to the previous year.

* Almost 40 percent of respondents to another survey by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said they did not know how to protect themselves from cybercrime.

* A survey of tech professionals by security key maker Yubico suggested experts might not live up to safety standards. It found almost 70 percent of respondents shared passwords with colleagues.

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A specialist works at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., Sept. 9, 2014. (VOA)

* More than half reused an average of five passwords across their work and personal accounts.

* About 4 percent of people targeted by an email phishing campaign would click on it.

* In 2017, almost 17 million U.S. consumers experienced identity fraud — the unauthorized use of personal information, such as credit card data, for financial gain.

Also Read: Tech Giant Google Discusses its Data Privacy Before Senate Hearing

* Data breaches carried out by hackers are expected to go up 22 percent annually, exposing some 146 billion records, including personal information such as name, address and credit card numbers by 2023.

* Data breaches cost companies worldwide almost $4 million on average for every incident. (VOA)

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WhatsApp Troubling its Users in Several Countries

Some users complained they were having trouble sending messages and photos and status updates were not loading properly

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

WhatsApp users in several countries took to Twitter on Thursday to report trouble in using the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform.

While WhatsApp didn’t immediately responded to a query, some users thanked Twitter as it helped them check if other users were having similar problems.

However, most reports were coming from outside India. With over 200 million users, India forms the largest user base for the instant messaging platform.

“OMG.. Thank god there is Twitter.. Now I know Whatsapp is really down. What would happen if Twitter was down.. Where on earth I would check that #Twitter #whatsappdown,” Twitter user Jani Karttunen said.

“Am I the only one who thinks that #whatsappdown,” reported another user.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“WhatsApp spends more time down than it does working, and even worse they’ll soon be displaying ads (on the service) and it’ll keep failing. Everybody move to Telegram, it never goes down!” wote a user from Spain.

According to a report in RT.com, most reports of outage were coming from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. It remains unclear if it’s just WhatsApp or other apps from the Facebook family that are going through the outage.

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Some users complained they were having trouble sending messages and photos and status updates were not loading properly.

“#whatsappdown — Not getting background notifications, some messages refusing to send, photos/statuses/stories not loading. @WhatsApp,” said a user. (IANS)