Data Protection News Roundup – 8th October 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 raided a business premises in Chichester as part of its investigation into the making of nuisance calls related to pensions. A change in the law earlier this year made cold calls about pensions illegal in certain circumstances. Read more here.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are suing the Associated Papers, parent company of the Daily Mail, for breach of the UK’s Data Protection Act of 2018 after the Mail published a private letter Markle sent to her father. Read more here.

Personal data identifying hundreds of children’s names, addresses and schools has been “misplaced”, prompting an inquiry at a hospital trust. A missing document contains the details of all Year 7 pupils in two Greater Manchester secondary schools. Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has launched an internal investigation after the school nursing team lost the list with details of 425 children. Read more here.


Other News

A collective lawsuit against Google for allegedly tracking the personal data of 4m iPhone users will proceed in the UK courts.  It’s claimed that Google secretly tracked the online behaviour of iPhone users in the UK between August 2011 and February 2012, bypassing the privacy settings on the handsets and collecting data from the Safari browser on users’ internet surfing habits as well as their ethnicity, health, sexuality, political views and finances. Read more here.

Campaigners have lost a high court challenge over new laws that prevent EU citizens living in Britain from finding out what data the Home Office holds on them. The 3million group had challenged an exemption clause in the Data Protection Act that came into force last year, which denies them the right to access their personal records in immigration cases. Read more here.

A landmark data access agreement between the UK and the US will allow law enforcement to demand access to criminals’ data from tech firms, though Facebook warns it will not compromise the privacy of billions of users by building “back doors” into WhatsApp and other apps. Read more here.

As many as half-a-million customers are set to take advantage of the class-action lawsuit provisions of GDPR to sue airline British Airways over its 2018 data breach. Read more here.


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