Data Protection News Roundup – 23rd October 2018

Written Questions

Steve McCabe, Labour MP for Birmingham, tabled a question on taking tougher action against directors whose companies are responsible for breaches of legislation in relation to nuisance calls and electronic messages. Digital minister Margot James responded that the Government’s consultation on the matter closed in August and the response will be published shortly. Read more here.


Other News

Morrisons says it will appeal a decision that leaves it facing a “vast”’ compensation bill for a data leak in 2014 when a senior auditor at the company’s HQ leaked the payroll data of around 100,000 employees. The employee was jailed for eight years but 5,518 of the employees whose data was leaked joined a class action to seek compensation for the distress caused and said Morrisons was responsible. The High Court agreed but Morrisons will now appeal to the Supreme Court. Read more here.

The Canadian data analytics firm which received the UK’s first violation notice of the GDPR is appealing the claims against it. AggregateIQ is linked to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal but denies any wrongdoing. Read more here.

According to the European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, European data protection regulators will soon start issuing the first fines and temporary bans against companies found to have breached the GDPR with the first sanctions expected by the end of the year. Read more here.

Since the GDPR came into effect, the United States has seen momentum towards stricter state data privacy laws such as California’s Consumer Privacy Act and possible federal legislation. Read more here.

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