Data Protection News Roundup – 7th January 2020

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Who’s getting it wrong?

The government has apologised “to all those affected” after it accidentally published addresses of more than 1,000 New Year Honour recipients online. Among the addresses were those of Sir Elton John, former director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders and many celebrities and government employees. Read more here.

London-based pharmacy, Doorstep Dispensaree, which supplies medicines to individuals and care homes has been fined £275,000 for “careless storage of patient data”. The company left around 500,000 documents containing names, NHS numbers, medical information and prescriptions, in unlocked containers at the back of its premises in Edgware. Read more here.

The Times reported that hedge funds have been eavesdropping on the Bank of England’s press conferences before they are officially broadcast after its internal systems were hijacked. The Bank has discovered that one of its suppliers has been sending an audio feed of its press conferences to high-speed traders who hope to profit by acting on the governor’s comments before the rest of the world. Read more here.


Other News

Ciaran Martin, CEO of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), is to step down later in 2020 after nearly seven years in charge of the government’s cyber security efforts. Read more here.

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