Data Security News Headlines 28th September, 2016

  1. Facebook releases Osquery security tool for windows

OSquery, an open-source framework created by Facebook that allows organizations to look for potential malware or malicious activity on their networks. OSquery is a smart piece of cross-platform software that scans every single computer on an infrastructure and catalogs every aspect of it. SQL-based queries allow developers and security teams to monitor low-level functions in real-time and quickly search for malicious behavior and vulnerable applications on their infrastructure.

  1. Germany bans Facebook from collecting WhatsApp data

The most popular messaging app WhatsApp updated its privacy policy and T&Cs to start sharing its user data with its parent company. Both Facebook, as well as WhatsApp, have been told to immediately stop collecting and storing data on roughly 35 Million WhatsApp users in Germany. In response to the privacy watchdog’s decision, Facebook released a statement that it complied with EU data protection law, saying: “We are open to working with the Hamburg DPA in an effort to address their questions and resolve any concerns.”

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