Data Protection News Roundup – 4th December 2018

Who’s getting it wrong?

The details of 500 million guests at Marriott International may have been exposed following a hack on its Starwood room reservation network that had been ongoing since 2014. For about 327 million of those affected the data stolen included passport numbers, emails, date of birth, gender and mailing addresses. Marriott has said is hasn’t been able to rule out that credit card information had been exposed. Read more here.

About 100 million users of Quora were affected by unauthorised access to one of its systems by a “malicious third party”. Account information including names, email addresses, encrypted passwords and data imported from linked networks when authorised by users may have been compromised. Read more here.


Other News

In October the ICO issued a total of £310,000 in monetary penalties and had 103 cases under investigation. Read their full nuisance calls and messages report here.

Lawyers behind the class-action suit against Google for privacy violations have filed an appeal against a recent High Court ruling blocking the proceeding. The case relates to the so called ‘Safari workaround’ Google used between 2011 and 2012 to override iPhone privacy settings and track users without consent. Read more here.

Cisco will train 120,000 UK police offices in cyber security to help officers expand their knowledge of what cyber security is and help them deal with the challenges it brings. Read more here.

Corporate Christmas cards are under threat because under the GDPR companies need permission to send cards via email or be able to justify that they have a legitimate reason to do so”. Read more here.

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