Security Management

Innovation vs Privacy Management & Growth In Regulator And DPO's To Cope

Author: Phillip Davies

Clubhouse, the invitation only, fast growing voice based social networks app has come under scrutiny this week with reported security vulnerabilities. Launched last year by Alpha Exploration it's now valued at $100bn, with 10m users, a sizeable increase from its $100m value, just nine months ago.

This week questions have been raised about the security and privacy of the app's architecture as researchers reportedly discovered the app transmitting personal data in the clear and unencrypted. Additional reports suggest some of Clubhouse's app's data is routed through China potentially exposing users to Chinese government agencies surveillance.

Also highlighted this week in a report by a leading German security researcher, were the, no less than seven separate web trackers, used by a password manager, Last Pass.

Dealing with privacy complaints continues to be a growth area. Since the inception of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, Europe has seen a rise of over 35,000 new Data Protection Officers.

Regulators too have had to grow to cope, as businesses and consumers expect more with their privacy through the use of apps and services. Report out this week from Irelands Data Protection Commission. In 2020 the Commission dealt with more than 10,000 separate cases, having received nearly 5,000 General Data Protection Regulation related complaints. Ireland’s data protection watchdog handled over 10,000 cases last year, a nine per cent increase on the previous year. The Commission has had to grow to deal with the rise and now has 145 staff and a budget of €16.9m that is set to rise to €19.1 million in 2021.

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Phillip Davies


Phillip led Cyber Crime for a UK Law Enforcement agency until 2005. Since then he has led privacy, risk & security for a variety of businesses, as Chief Security Officer & Advisor to boards. He holds an MSc in International Criminal Justice, is a Certified Information Security Manager, Fellow of The Security Institute, Fellow of the British Computer Society & Chartered Institute of IT, member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. In 2017 was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.​

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