Data Protection News Roundup – 30th July 2019


New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson isn’t known for being particularly tech savvy but he has already made a few promises for the tech industry. In his acceptance speech he promised “Fantastic full fiber broadband sprouting in every home” which he aims for by 2025, significantly earlier than the deadline DCMS gave last year of 2033. He also recently indicated that he might introduce a digital tax on tech giants operating in and out of the UK saying it’s unfair that high street businesses are paying large tax bills whereas companies like Facebook and Amazon are paying almost nothing.

Matt Warman has been appointed as the UK’s new digital minister. He was a former technology journalist for the Daily Telegraph, responsible for leading coverage of Facebook, Google and Apple. Read more here.

Nicky Morgan has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Before becoming a politician she was a corporate lawyer. Read more here.

The government has been taken to court over its decision to deny European citizens the right to access data the Home Office holds on individuals in immigration cases. Read more here.

The human rights group Liberty has lost its High Court challenge against the government’s Investigatory Powers Act. The legislation allows for mass surveillance of electronic devices, allowing intelligence agencies to extract and store information. Liberty claimed the powers of “bulk hacking” were unlawfully wide. Read more here.


Who’s getting it wrong?

A 25-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of committing Computer Misuse Act and fraud offences following a cyber-attack on Lancaster University. Records and identification documents belonging to a number of students were compromised and some people were sent fake invoices. Read more here.

According to documents released today by MPs, Cambridge Analytica worked directly for Nigel Farage’s pro-Brexit campaign group in the lead up to the EU referendum. Read more here.

A woman has been arrested in connection with a data breach at Capital One which affected approximately 106 million people. Read more here.


Other News

The European Court of Justice has ruled that companies that feature Facebook’s ‘Like’ button on their websites must warn users that their personal data is being sent to Facebook. Read more here.

Researchers have discovered that the £30 limit on Visa contactless cards can be bypassed due to flaws that could be exploited by criminals. Read more here.

The government along with major businesses including Google and Microsoft have committed £190m to tackling major cyber security threats facing the UK.  The money will be used to develop new technologies such as hardware prototypes and software for tackling online vulnerabilities. Read more here.

The Metropolitan Police’s website was hacked and a series of bizarre messages were posted to its verified twitter account. It looks like the hack came through its account with MyNewsDesk and the Met is confident this is the only security issue. Read more here.

According to a new report it is impossible to completely anonymise a dataset. An anonymised dataset is supposed to have had all personally identifiable information removed from it, while retaining a core of useful information for researchers to operate on without fear of invading privacy. But in practice the report says there are a number of ways data can be deanonymised. Read more here.

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