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Equifax faces £500,000 penalty from ICO

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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has hit credit monitoring firm Equifax with its maximum penalty for its actions related to the company’s massive 2017 data breach. The £500,000 fine was issued for their failure to protect data belonging to 15 million UK residents. Nearly 700,000 of those had email… Read more »


Dixons Carphone hit by major hack

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Embattled telecom and electrical retailer Dixons Carphone has been hit by a massive data breach – one of Britain’s biggest to date. The breach first began in July 2017, but the company has only now admitted to it publicly. The hack exposed over one million personal data records and nearly… Read more »


University fined over student data breach

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The Information Commissioner’s Office has slapped a £120,000 fine on Greenwich University in South London for failing to protect the personal information of nearly 20,000 students. As well as names, addresses, birth dates, signatures and phone numbers, distressingly the data also included physical and mental health issues. As part of… Read more »


Council breaches privacy rights

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Basildon Borough Council has taken a £150k rap from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing personal details about a family of travellers on the planning pages of its website. The information, which covered the family’s disability requirements (including mental health issues), names, ages and the location of their home,… Read more »


Target pays price for poor security

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The US retail behemoth Target has agreed to pay $18.5m as compensation for the 2013 data breach that affected over 60m of its customers and 41m payment card accounts across 48 states. Hackers used stolen credentials to exploit weaknesses in the company’s system, allowing them to infiltrate a customer service… Read more »