Data Protection News Roundup – 5th May 2020

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The House of Lords has referred itself to the ICO after a blunder which saw peers’ telephone numbers accidentally broadcast to hundreds of thousands of members of the public. Read more here.


Coronavirus Response

A test version of the NHS’s coronavirus contact-tracing app has been published to Apple and Google’s app stores. Council staff and healthcare workers on the Isle of Wight will be invited to install it on Tuesday, ahead of a wider roll-out on the island on Thursday. Read more here.

A legal report from data rights agency AWO says that the government’s plan to exit lockdown through a tracking app will need detailed justification to satisfy human rights and data protection laws. Read more here.


Data Breaches

Records of 8.6m journeys on Sheffield’s roads were reportedly left exposed online where it was possible to search the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system without entering a password. Sheffield Council and South Yorkshire Police said they were taking “joint responsibility for working to address this data breach”. Read more here.

Zaha Hadid Architects has warned architecture practices to be vigilant after hackers held its server to ransom while the company works remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. The hacker used ransomware to encrypt all the data on a company server and demanded money from the practice to release it. Read more here.

A LabCorp shareholder has filed a lawsuit against the laboratory giant, accusing its board of concealing details of two data breaches that affected millions of patients. Read more here.


Other News

Facebook is being held up in its attempts to launch a messaging app for children in the UK and Europe as it grapples with laws designed to protect the privacy of under-13s. Children aged 12 and under are blocked from using Facebook due to laws that prevent the processing of personal data in many countries. Messenger Kids, meanwhile, is designed for users as young as six, allowing them to talk to contacts that are approved by their parents. Read more here.

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