Data Protection News Roundup – 29th January 2019

On Monday 11th February our Managing Director Matthew Lamb will be speaking at a free and informal event hosted by Peninsular at the Hallam Conference Centre. Matthew will demystify the GDPR, give practical advice and tips for maintaining compliance, talk about the implications of Brexit on Data Protection and touch on the role of Data Security in maintaining compliance. To attend, book your place here.



Monday was Data Privacy Day 2019, first launched by the Council of Europe in 2006. To mark the day the Committee of the Council of Europe’s data protection treaty “Convention 108” has published Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection.

On Data Privacy Day Business Secretary Greg Clark announced measures for the UK to become a world leader in the race against some of the most damaging cyber security threats. The UK wants to lead the world in ‘designing out’ many forms of cyber threats to online services and digitally enabled products by investing in the development of hardware solutions to compliment software solutions. Read more here.

The Government has released guidance to help businesses and charities continue to comply with data protection laws after Brexit. Read more here. Digital minister Margot James has also urged businesses to ensure that they have robust contingency plans in place to ensure data flows in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Read more here.


Who’s getting it wrong?

Data about more than 14,000 people diagnosed with HIV, including foreign visitors, has been stolen in Singapore and leaked online. Until 2015 foreigners with HIV were not allowed to visit Singapore and now anyone who wants to stay beyond 90 is subject to mandatory medical screening to make sure they do not have HIV meaning there is a lot of personal data on individuals. Read more here.

B&Q suffered a data breach this week where the information of around 70,000 shoplifters was exposed. Read more here.


Other News

At the World Economic Forum in Davos last week data privacy was an inescapable theme. It came up along with the topic of artificial intelligence where politicians in attendance talked of the importance of responsible data stewardship.

Facebook has announced a plan to merge its messaging platforms – Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram – so that users on all three apps will be able to chat to each other. In doing so the company would combine the data it has collected from billions of users. The plan has caught the attention of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner who wants an ‘urgent briefing’ from Facebook. Read more here.


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