Data Protection News Roundup – 19th November 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?

Health websites accessed from within Britain are without permission sharing users’ sensitive information with online giants, including Google, Amazon and Facebook, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday following an investigation. It said 79 out of 100 sites allowed typed-in information, such as “considering abortion” or “drug overdose” to reach online advertisers thanks to the use of cookies, or computer code tracking visited online sites. Read more here.


Other News

The ICO has criticised the Department for Education (DfE) for secretly sharing children’s personal data with the Home Office, triggering fears it could be used for immigration enforcement as part of the government’s hostile environment policy. Read more here.

In Germany, the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection has issued a €14.5 million fine on a German real estate company Deutsche Wohnen for failing to establish a GDPR-compliant data retention and deletion procedure for tenants’ personal data. Read more here.

The Labour party has suffered two cyber attacks in two days. The party said it successfully rebuffed a first attack on Monday and on Tuesday is was the subject of a second DDoS attack where networks of compromised computers are used to flood a server with requests that overwhelm it. The party said it is confident there has been no security breach. Read more here.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said its ad exchange would stop telling advertisers what categories of websites users are visiting, a concession to European data-protection authorities that have said the company’s real-time ad auctions violate European Union privacy laws. Read more here.

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