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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 »

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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 »

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Memory sticks chopped at IBM

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IBM’s security chief has placed a ban on staff using USB sticks and other memory devices, as she considers them to be a security risk. The fear is that they are vulnerable to hacking, malware, loss or misuse. While some external observers consider this to be a prudent safety measure,… Read more »

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PayPal admits to sharing customer data

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PayPal has revealed that it shares customer data with as many as 600 third party organisations. Possibly prompted by the imminent introduction of The General Data Protection Regulation in Europe, the US online payments business has taken the unusual step of releasing this information voluntarily. PayPal claims that it does… Read more »

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Charities a target for cyberattack

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The Third Sector has come under fire in a number of ways recently, and it now transpires that 20% of charities have suffered a cyberattack within the last twelve months. Larger charities with an income over half a million pounds are the prime targets – losing on average nearly £1500… Read more »

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Facebook to tighten up on data protection

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Embattled Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to adopt many of the privacy protection measures in the EU’s imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerburg is under pressure to make Facebook’s user data more secure. The introduction of GDPR on May… Read more »

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Tech companies fall foul of the Irish regulator

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A number of US tech companies have established European HQs in Ireland, due to the Emerald Isle’s favourable tax regime. However, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon is not allowing them carte blanche. WhatsApp has incurred the DPC’s wrath for failing to deliver on its pledge to discontinue user data… Read more »

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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 »

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The GDPR: how will it change UK businesses’ approach to cyber?

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By Graeme Newman, Chief Innovation Officer Only a few weeks ago, it emerged that popular high-street retailer Sports Direct had suffered a cyberattack, resulting in the names, emails, postal addresses and phone numbers of some 30,000 staff members being stolen. Yet, whilst internal systems detected the intrusion in September, the… Read more »

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Data protection reforms delayed until 2015

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New EU data protection rules and a new cyber security framework are to be verified by the beginning of 2015 despite many believing the reforms would be finalised by May next year, in time for the European Parliamentary elections. However, data protection experts have commented on the decision to delay the… Read more »

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