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What does the General Election mean for GDPR?
November 19, 2019

The Information Commissioner has sent out letters to the main political parties, reminding them that they must comply with data protection laws ahead of the forthcoming election on December 12.There’s no doubt that the ICO is very strict about the use of data in political campaigning.LetterThe letter read: “A dedicated election hub for parties and campaigns has also been created on the ICO website, along with an updated ‘Be Data...

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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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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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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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Landmark ruling restricts online privacy law
September 25, 2019

The European Court of Justice has limited the reach of the privacy law known as “the right to be forgotten”.The court has ruled that the online right does not extend beyond the borders of the European Union.The landmark ruling will restrict people’s ability to control what information is available about them on the internet.This will also have severe implications for the regulation of the internet.European UnionThe court...

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British Airways data hack victims in-line for pay-outs
September 16, 2019

More than half a million British Airways data hack victims could be in line for pay-outs as the airline launches its own class action lawsuit.However, according to lawyers, the airline has been accused of "swerving responsibility" by trying to limit compensation pay-outs for victims.They have imposed a strict 17-week time limit for claimants to join which critics claim is a bid to reduce the £3 billion pay-out.Up to 600,000 customers...

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Data breach of possible 14 million users at Hostinger
August 28, 2019

Usernames, emails, first names and IP addresses have been breached at web hosting provider and internet domain company Hostinger International, affecting a possible 14 million customers.The company said it has reset user passwords as a “precautionary measure” after it detected unauthorised access to a database containing sensitive information.Hackers breached its internal system API and gained access to data of the Lithuanian...

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Campaigners warn of facial recognition “epidemic”
August 21, 2019

Privacy group Big Brother Watch (BBW) has warned that the use of facial recognition technology across public spaces is becoming more widespread.It was revealed recently that hundreds of thousands of visitors to the King’s Cross area of London were being covertly scanned.Public spaces including museums and shopping centres are rife with the technology and that increasingly, private companies were installing cameras, according to BBW....

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One of the “Big 4” fined under GDPR
August 20, 2019

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the first of the “Big 4” to be fined under GDPR.The Greek Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently fined the audit group €150,000 for wrongly using “consent” as a basis for processing personal data on staff.The DPA have now given PwC three months to implement corrective measures and comply with GDPR.An investigation was made into the lawfulness of the processing of personal data of PwC...

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