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Researcher exposes serious flaws within businesses to adequately deal with GDPR.
August 12, 2019

University of Oxford-based researcher James Pavur contacted UK and US-based firms to test how they would handle a "right of access" request made in someone else's name. For the purposes of his investigation, he asked each of them for all the data that they held on his fiancée, citing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He found that an astonishing one in four companies revealed personal information about his partner – even...

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Hackers target food delivery app Deliveroo
July 25, 2019

Cyber criminals have hacked popular food delivery app Deliveroo. The hackers have been breaking into customers’ accounts and ordering fast food without their permission. Accounts holders affected have been desperately trying to cancel the orders before the food is handed over to the hackers.  Customers details were obtained by phishing emails and other hacks. The food items illegally ordered range from just a few bottles of cider...

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Facebook’s new transparency tools – too little too late?
July 23, 2019

There’s a new feature on Facebook called ‘Page Transparency’. The tech giant says it has introduced this new feature to increase accountability and transparency of pages. To access this feature, you must visit the page’s Timeline and then scroll down to the Page Transparency tab below the About section and tap See All. The information shows when the page was created, primary location of the page, the number of people who manage the...

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Password reset for thousands of Slack users after a data breach.
July 19, 2019

Popular messaging service Slack is to reset the user passwords for thousands of customers after a historic data breach. Around one percent of all Slack users are thought to be affected by the attack - equivalent to over 65,000 customers. Slack, which stands for the Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge, has more than 10 million daily users. The company was recently valued at over $20bn and claims to have 10 million active daily...

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British Airways fined £183 million for data breach
July 8, 2019

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued British Airways with a huge penalty after the personal details of more than 500,000 customers were stolen from its website and app. The data watchdog has told the International Airlines Group (IAG) that the fine will be equivalent to 1.5% of its worldwide turnover for 2017. Last September, police were called after hackers launched a cyber-attack against the airline, which is owned by IAG....

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Tory Party data breach row
July 5, 2019

The Tory Party leadership race has been blighted by claims of data breaches after Jeremy Hunt supporters were “spammed” with unsolicited emails asking for their support. Amid allegations of dirty tricks by Boris Johnson’s campaign, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been brought in to investigate the apparent breach of tough new GDPR legislation. ICO According to ICO guidelines, any candidate wishing to send emails,...

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Video sharing app TikTok probed over data use
July 3, 2019

Popular video-sharing app TikTok is being investigated for possible data breaches over the handling of personal data. In particular, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is looking at how the personal data of the app’s young users is being managed and whether the safety of children on the social network is their main focus. Transparency Earlier this week, Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner told a...

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Do you know how to handle personal data?
July 1, 2019

A piece of data may be classed as personal data in the hands of one organisation but may not be classed as personal data in the hands of another. It all depends on what purpose the organisation is processing the data for. Therefore, it is important that the purpose for which the controller is using the data is considered thoroughly in order to decide whether it relates to an individual. Personal data is essentially any information that...

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Police fail to handle public data requests
July 1, 2019

The Metropolitan Police Service have failed to respond to Subject Access Requests (SAR’s) for personal data quick enough, the ICO has revealed. The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued two enforcement notices to the Met Police after the regulator learned that backlog of over 1,700 requests for copies of data from UK citizens had been left unanswered. Anyone in the UK now has the legal right to find out what information is held...

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Encrypted messages put children’s online safety at risk
July 1, 2019

Children will be put at risk if Facebook’s plans to encrypt its services go ahead, according to the NSPCC. Chief Executive Peter Wanless has warned that the social media giant is putting privacy and secrecy before accountability. Facebook has announced it will soon be using end-to-end encryption on its 1.3 billion-user Messenger service, meaning not even they will be able to see the content of messages. The messenger service is taking the...

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