Data Protection News Roundup – 22nd 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.



A new cybersecurity partnership between the government and end-to-end cybersecurity provider Arm has been announced with the intention to shore up protection against online threats for both businesses and the public. The £36m project will develop new secure chip technologies. Minister for Digital and Broadband Matt Warman said: “The government wants the UK to be the safest place to be online and the best place to start and grow a digital business. As these investments show, we are determined to create the right environment to foster our thriving digital economy while giving people renewed confidence and trust in online services.” Read more here.


Who’s getting it wrong?

Personal details of thousands of people are thought to have been stolen after a data breach at one of the country’s biggest housing associations, Home Group. The charity provides rented homes to more than 116,000 people in 55,000 properties in England and Scotland and it said the breach involved customer names, addresses and contact information, but no financial data. Read more here.


Other News

A GP practice has been told it does not have to post medical records to a solicitor, after a judge ruled in its favour. The judge ruled that the GP practice only needs to make medical records available to its patients at reception and should not be forced to post the records. This is a significant ruling as many GP practices have been concerned that subject access requests will be arduous and costly to fulfil. Read more here.

Following a two-year investigation by GCHQ the origins of the Russian-based hacking group which stole documents from an array of institutions in over 35 countries worldwide masquerading as an Iranian cybergang has been identified. The hacking group, called Turla, has been used by the Russians to spy on other countries. Read more here.


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