Data Protection News Roundup – 5th February 2019

Next 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.


Who’s getting it wrong?

Leave.EU and an insurance company owned by its founder Arron Banks have been fined £120,000 over data law breaches. It represents a reduction in the £135,000 total previously announced by the ICO. The fines follow an investigation into the misuse of personal data by political campaigns. More than a million emails sent to Leave.EU subscribers contained marketing for the Eldon Insurance firm’s GoSkippy services. Read morehere.

Home improvement website Houzz has urged users to reset their passwords after an “unauthorised third party” stole a file containing customer data. Read more here.

Following the French regulator, CNIL’s, Google fine last month, the ICO is now investigating whether Google has violated the GDPR. Read more here.


Other News

Japan has joined the list of EU-approved countries for data transfers. To achieve this Japan has implemented a series of additional safeguards designed to ensure that data transferred from the EU to Japan will be protected in line with European standards. Read more here.

UK campaign group Big Brother Watch has reported HMRC to the ICO suggesting it has broken data protection law with its Voice ID system. HMRC used the system to capture millions of callers’ voice data but initially gave people no easy way to opt out. It is understood that HMRC is cooperating with the ICO. Read more here.

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