Data Protection News Roundup – 5th March 2019

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Who’s getting it wrong?

A former director, Richard Jones, has been barred from being a company director for eight years after his two companies, Your Money Rights Ltd and Miss-Sold Products UK Ltd were responsible for 220 million automated nuisance calls and failed to pay fines issued by the ICO. Most of the calls made were about payment protection insurance (PPI) claims and resulted in total fines of £700,000 in 2017. Mr Jones had applied to Companies House to have the businesses wound up to avoid paying the fines. This was blocked by the ICO which then referred the case on to the Insolvency Service. Read more here.

A former senior local government officer who had been trained in data protection law has been prosecuted for passing the personal information of rival job applicants to his partner. His partner applied for an administrative job at the council and he was not involved in the selection process because of his personal relationship but he accessed the authority’s recruitment system and emailed the personal information of the rival candidates to himself and his partner. Once the data breach had been discovered, he resigned and although his partner had initially been successful, her employment was also terminated. He was fined £660 and ordered to pay £713.75 costs and a victim surcharge of £66. Read more here.


Other News

Investigations by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into nuisance marketing have resulted in 16 company directors being banned from running a company for more than 100 years in total. Read more here.

A study by the payment security firm PCI Pal has found that 41% of British people would stop using a company or brand after it suffered a data breach. Read more here.

A new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed that Facebook embarked on a wide-ranging lobbying campaign in all 28 EU-states and the US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil and Malaysia to pressure legislators and regulators into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation. Read more here.


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