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Why mobile phones are targets for hackers

mark skilton | bbc world news | 24 November 2015 

PA Consulting Group’s Mark Skilton, a digital strategy expert, is interviewed on BBC World News about why mobile phones are targets for hackers and how the public can be better protected. Mark is asked the following questions:

Should we be concerned about using mobile data as much as we do and storing so much data on various clouds? Is it as safe as it was?

MS: "We use our mobile phones almost like our remote controls to the world today. We do banking transactions, we look at buying and selling products on amazon, we use twitter and we use Facebook. We do all of this on our mobile devices. This means a lot of our personal data is held on mobile phones today."

Are companies obliged or even knowledgeable enough at the top to keep that data safe?

MS: "It depends who you look at. Recent high profile breeches from JP Morgan to TalkTalk show that there are millions of pieces of data out there that people are entrusting to companies to look after. But questions remain as to whether they have due diligence and if there are regulations in place to enforce or encourage companies to look after the data."

So, are there any regulations in place?

MS: "The European Commission recently rejected the Safehabor Act to allow US companies to store EU data in America. Laws are now being passed in the US to try and bring that back."

So the data is crossing borders?

MS: "The issue is that we don’t have data transparency. If we are going to continue to live in a digital economy and in a personal data economy that is really emerging, we need laws, obligations put in place by those companies to look after our data." 

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