Data Protection News Roundup – 4th September 2018


Both Houses return from summer recess today.

The Open Rights Group and EU citizens’ group, the3million, have launched a judicial review into the exemption in the Data Protection Act that could prevent citizens gaining access to immigration data held on them. Currently the exemption means that many people cannot access data that the Home Office holds on them which is often crucial when applying for a new immigration status. Read more here.


Who’s getting it wrong?

Air Canada’s app has suffered a data breach resulting in the suspected loss of thousands of its customers’ personal details including passport details. The consequences of having your passport information accessed can be severe. Read more here.

Chinese hotel group Huazhu has suffered a major data breach exposing 500 million customer records. Of the 500 million around 150 million records are now for sale on the dark web for $56,000. Huazhu Group is the 12th largest hotel group globally with 3,000 hotels in China. Read more here.

The number of reports of data breaches among charities has doubled over the last two years most likely in preparation for the GDPR. Read more here.


Other News

A survey by NTT Security has found that only one third of UK organisations have insurance that covers them for security breaches and the financial impact of data loss. It also found that only 29% of companies have dedicated cyber insurance in place despite 81% of senior executives saying it is “vital” their organisation is insured against data breaches. Read more here.

The CEO of TSB Paul Pester is stepping down after seven years in the wake of major IT failures at the bank. In April customers were left without access to online banking for several weeks when the movement of data to a new computer system went wrong. Customers faced disruption again this weekend leading to Mr Pester’s resignation. Read more here.

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