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Home Group suffers possible data breach
November 5, 2019

One of the UK’s biggest housing associations in the UK may have suffered a data leak. The Home Group, which is based in Newcastle, has notified around 4000 customers that their personal details may have been stolen. The BBC revealed that customer names, addresses and contact information had been compromised, but no financial data. The charity provides rented homes to more than 116,000 people in 55,000 properties in England and...

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ICO clamps down on non-payment of data protection fees
October 30, 2019

In the past three months, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued 340 fines to organisations that have not paid the data protection fee. The largest fee handed out was for £4,000 and four organisations were made to pay that sum. The ICO’s latest data protection fees trends report revealed that the fees were issued between July 1 and 30 September this year. Most organisations that process personal data must pay a fee and...

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Data breaches hitting more companies than ever
October 28, 2019

An astonishing six in every ten businesses have suffered a data breach in the last three years. Bitdefender   (https://www.techradar.com/news/data-breaches-hitting-more-companies-than-ever )carried out research of more than 6,000 cybersecurity professionals from across the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy and Spain to compile its global Hacked Off! study. They found that: 90% of data breaches...

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Major Samsung Galaxy s10 and Galaxy Note 10 security flaw exposed
October 23, 2019

Phone giant Samsung has been hit with another security breach after users found the Galaxy S10 model allows anyone to unlock the devices when covered in third-party screen protectors. Now banks have withdrawn fingerprint authentication support on the smartphones after the glitch was revealed last week. Natwest and Nationwide have withdrawn support after it was discovered that anyone was able to unlock devices - not just the device's owner with...

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Are you Brexit Ready? Use our online test.
October 21, 2019

Is your business Brexit Ready? With all the confusion and media attention on Brexit, it’s important you know if your company is prepared for our exit from the European Union. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was desperate to hold a vote on his deal, but the Remainer Speaker John Bercow today blocked his request. The PM has threatened to impose all-night sittings in the Commons this week as he tries to force his deal through...

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China in spying app row
October 17, 2019

Cybersecurity experts have warned that a mobile app promoting the ideology of the communist president could have been spying on 100 million citizens. Chinese President Xi Jinping's app 'Study (Xi) Strong Country' was made mandatory for all communist party members to download and read everyday. Many citizens have had wages 'tied' to the app making it a compulsory download. The app, which was released in January, has been likened...

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Twitter privacy breach
October 10, 2019

Twitter has apologised after misusing personal data for advertising purposes. Twitter said that it “unintentionally” used phone numbers and email addresses for advertising purposes even though the information was provided by users for two-factor authentication. No personal data was shared with the company’s third-party partners and said the “issue that allowed this to occur” has been addressed. Twitter added that phone numbers...

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The future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
October 7, 2019

The Privacy Shield has been criticised for failing to provide adequate protection for EU individuals' data. This is the regulatory framework that American companies are guided by to transfer data to and from the EU. It is a voluntary mechanism that US companies can use to legally send and receive data from the EU. Businesses are strongly advised to sign up to the Privacy Shield, particularly if they plan to expand into Europe in the...

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iPhone users may get compensation from Google over alleged data snooping
October 3, 2019

More than four million iPhone users may be due a £750 pay-out from Google, after it lost a landmark case at the Court of Appeal. The litigation is being brought by campaign group Google You Owe Us, led by former Which? director Mr Lloyd. The group hopes to win at least £1billion in compensation for an estimated 4.4million users of the device in the UK. Mr Lloyd alleges that Google cookies - small computer text files - collected data on...

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sues Mail on Sunday over breach of GDPR
October 2, 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is suing the Mail on Sunday newspaper after they published a handwritten letter she’d sent to her estranged father. A statement was issued on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official website and she started proceedings in the high court over the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Her husband Prince Harry spoke candidly about how...

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