Data Protection News Roundup – 22nd January 2019

Next Wednesday our Managing Director Matthew Lamb will be at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross to demystify the GDPR, give practical advice and tips for maintaining compliance and look at the impact of Brexit on Data Protection. To attend this free and informal event in central London, book your place here.

 

Politics

Lord Fox tabled a question asking what steps the Government will take to promote UK-EU cooperation on cyber security after the UK leaves the EU. Lord Ashton of Hyde responded that the Government remains committed to working with European and International partners to help shape cyber security measures and this is laid out in the ‘Political Declaration’. Read more here.

 

Who’s getting it wrong?

Google has been fined a record £44m by CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, for failing to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies. Google was fined using the terms laid out in the GDPR although has not been fined the theoretical maximum fine of 4% annual turnover which for Google would be €4bn. CNIL said Google made it too difficult for users to find essential information such as data-processing purposes, the data storage periods or the categories of personal data used for the ads personalisation by splitting them across multiple documents, help pages and settings screens. Read more here.

The largest collection of breached data in history has been discovered, made up of more than 770m email addresses and 21m passwords posted to a popular hacking forum. Experts think the collection is made up of thousands of different data breaches and sources rather than a single hack of a very large service. Anyone buying such data would take advantage of people who reuse passwords on multiple platforms so the general advice is to use random, unique passwords for every service. This is where password managers come into use. Read more here.

If you missed last week’s data protection news roundup, find it here.

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