Så kan GDPR användas för att komma åt andras privata information

EU:s dataskyddsförordning – GDPR – var tänkt att ge användare ökad kontroll över sina egna data. Nu visar det sig att rätten att få ut persondata lätt kan missbrukas av andra.

Vice berättar om en student som arbetar med cybersäkerhet kunde få ut oroväckande mycket informatioin om sin flickvän (som givit honom sitt medgivande för experimentet).

He started with just Knerr’s full name, a couple of email addresses, phone numbers, and any other low-hanging fruit that he could find online. In other words, “the weakest possible form of attack,” as he put it in his paper. Then, he sent requests to 75 companies, and then to another 75 using the new data—such as home addresses—he found through the first wave of requests using an email address designed to look like that of Knerr.

Thanks to these requests, Pavur was able to get his fiance’s Social Security Number, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, passwords, previous home addresses, travel and hotel logs, high school grades, partial credit card numbers, and whether she had ever been a user of online dating services.

Nu var det inte alla företag som lämnade ut information lika lättvindigt. Men tillräckligt många för att det skall vara ett problem.

According to Pavur and Knerr, 25 percent of companies he contacted never responded. Two thirds of companies, including online dating services, responded with enough information to reveal that Pavur’s fiance had an account with them. Of those who responded, 25 percent provided sensitive data without properly verifying the identity of the sender. Another 15 percent requested data that could have easily been forged, while 40 percent requested identifying information that would’ve been relatively hard to fake, according to the study.

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