Data Protection News Roundup – 3rd September 2019

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Who’s getting it wrong?

Travel company Teletext Holidays has suffered a data breach in which 212,000 customer call audio files were left unprotected on an online server for three years, exposing customer names, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. Read more here.


Other News

The Swedish Data Protection authority has fined the Skelleftea municipality 200,000 Swedish Krona (£16,800) for flouting a privacy law when trialling facial recognition on high-school students to keep track of attendance. This was the first GDPR fine issued in Sweden and the trial only lasted 3 weeks otherwise the fine would have been larger. Read more here.

Hundreds of Apple workers across Europe who were employed to check Siri recordings for errors have had their contracts ended as the company has suspended the programme. The decision follows the revelation that workers frequently heard confidential medical and other personal information. Read more here.

The ICO is very unsatisfied with the adtech industry’s attempts to safeguard personal information. In 2020 the ICO will start to investigate and fine individual companies that continue to illegally share personal data to target ads. Read more here.

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