ImmuniWeb checks 100 most popular sites per EU country for GDPR compliance

ImmuniWeb, the dedicated provider of web, mobile and API security testing and risk ratings for end users, has recently implemented its new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance check to test how the largest European websites adhere to the GDPR’s requirements related to web applications.

The ImmuniWeb research team selected the 100 most visited websites of each of the 28 European Member States and ran a series of non-intrusive checks with the following results:

*Missing or hard-to-obtain privacy policy (51.50% failure)

*Insecure usage of cookies handling potentially sensitive data (78.25% failure)

*Outdated and vulnerable Content Management System (CMS) or CMS components (6.75% failure)

*No HTTPS encryption or usage of SSLv3 (5.96% failure)

For the UK, the results reveal that 86% of the sites checked would fail GDPR compliance requirements:

*Missing or hard-to-obtain privacy policy (17% failure)

*Insecure usage of cookies handling potentially sensitive data (100% failure)

*Outdated and vulnerable CMS or CMS components (0% failure)

*No HTTPS encryption or usage of SSLv3 (0% failure)

Results in France and Germany

For France, the results show that 83% of the sites checked would fail GDPR compliance requirements:

*Missing or hard-to-obtain privacy policy (50% failure)

*Insecure usage of cookies handling potentially sensitive data (80% failure)

*Outdated and vulnerable CMS or CMS components (0% failure)

*No HTTPS encryption or usage of SSLv3 (10% failure)

The results position France tenth in the tests, with Slovakia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Malta languishing at the bottom of the table with 100% failure rates.

For Germany, the results reveal that 50% of the sites checked would fail GDPR compliance checks:

*Missing or hard-to-obtain privacy policy (40% failure)

*Insecure usage of cookies handling potentially sensitive data (100% failure)

*Outdated and vulnerable CMS or CMS components (0% failure)

*No HTTPS encryption or usage of SSLv3 (0% failure)

The results were positively among the best in the tests.

Laudable efforts being made

Ilia Kolochenko, CEO and founder of ImmuniWeb, commented: “We can see laudable efforts being made by European companies to improve web application security and adhere to the GDPR’s requirements. However, there’s a long road ahead before the majority of organisations value actual security above paper-based compliance, thereby providing their users with the privacy and security they truly deserve.”

ImmuniWeb’s GDPR test was initially designed for SMEs and organisations with nascent application security testing programs. However, large organisations with mature DevSecOps programs can also benefit from the service to run hundreds of daily GDPR scans, thus ensuring essential security and compliance of their external web applications.

To date, 144,376 complaints have been filed for various violations of the GDPR, while companies have reported 89,271 violations, which they’re obligated to report within 72 hours of discovery. A Brussels report finds that 56 million Euros’ worth of fines have been handed out since the GDPR was enacted.

What can the test achieve?

The free ImmuniWeb security test can:

*Verify PCI DSS requirements 6.2, 6.5 and 6.6

*Verify GDPR requirements mentioned in Articles 5, 6, 7, 25, 32 and 35 applicable to websites and web applications

*Fingerprint versions of over 100 most popular CMS, web frameworks and over 167,000 of their plugins

*Run a comprehensive, but non-intrusive vulnerability scan for all known vulnerabilities in the fingerprinted software

*Check over 20 HTTP headers related to security, encryption or privacy for strong configurations in line with industry Best Practice

*Assess Content Security Policy to prevent some XSS and CSRF exploitation vectors, as well as variations of ransomware and Cryptojacking attacks

The GDPR test is also integrated with ImmuniWeb’s Discovery to quickly build a comprehensive inventory of an organisation’s web, mobile and cloud assets, thereby providing ultimate asset visibility.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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