Data Protection News Roundup – 26th March 2019

The Data Guardians Managing Director and lead consultant Matthew Lamb is a Certified Cyber Risk Management Practitioner. Get in touch with us to ask about how we can help you with your GDPR and Data Protection Act compliance.


Who’s getting it wrong?

The ICO has fined Vote Leave Limited £40,000 for sending out almost 200,000 unsolicited text messages in the run up to the 2016 EU referendum. Vote Leave claimed the information it had used to contact people was obtained from enquiries which had come through their website; from individuals who had responded via text to promotional leaflets; and from entrants to a football competition. However, the organisation said that following the conclusion of the referendum campaign it had deleted evidence of the consent relied upon to send the messages. Also deleted were details of the phone numbers the messages were sent from, the volume of messages sent, and the volume of messages received. Read more here.


Other News

A new report by UK Finance says that data breaches are a “major contributor” to fraud experienced in the UK. £1.2bn was stolen through fraud and scams in 2018 and personal data stolen from businesses was used to perpetrate much of that fraud. Read more here.

America’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has leaked personal addresses and banking information of 2.3 million disaster survivors in a data breach. Read more here.

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