Data Protection News Roundup – 12th February 2019

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Written Questions

David Simpson, DUP MP for Upper Bann, has asked what plans DCMS has to prevent social media platforms accessing individual’s personal data and Internet history for the purposes of generating advertising revenue. Digital minister Margot James responded that the use of personal data for the purpose of targeted online advertising is subject to safeguards found in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations 2003.


Who’s getting it wrong?

Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest network for parents, has suffered a severe data breach where users accidently logged into the accounts of strangers. A software bug meant that for three days if two users tried to log in at the same time there was a possibility that their accounts would be switched. Each user was able to post as the other, see their account details, and read private messages. The company doesn’t know how many accounts were affected. Upon discovering the breach Mumsnet reported itself to the ICO. Read more here.

Housing developer, Magnacrest Ltd, has been fined £1,500 by the ICO over its failure to abide by data protection laws. The developer failed to comply with a Subject Access Request, which led to it being brought before Westminster Magistrates and fined. The subject access request was submitted before the GDPR came into force otherwise the fine would likely be higher. Read more here.

An EE customer has said she was stalked by an ex-partner who worked at the company, after he accessed her personal data without permission. EE have apologised and the employee was fired. Read more here.

A couple who adopted three children say they are living in fear after Suffolk County Council wrongly gave their personal information to the birth mother. They fear the biological parents will use the information to take the children away. Suffolk Country Council mistakenly gave the children’s entire case file to the biological parents when they were only entitled to a restricted amount of information. Read more here.


Other News

New research has estimated that in the past 12 months almost nine in ten organisations have suffered a data breach including all government and local authority organisations. Read more here.

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