Data Protection News Roundup – 2nd June 2020

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.  

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Coronavirus Response

Privacy campaigners are preparing a legal challenge to the NHS’s coronavirus test-and-trace programme as concerns grow about the amount of contact data that will be collected and retained by government. The Open Rights Group (ORG) has instructed the data rights lawyer Ravi Naik to draft a letter outlining its concerns after Public Heath England said it would retain “personally identifiable” data of those who test positive for 20 years. Read more here.

 

Data Breaches

A hacking gang recently demanded an £800,000 Bitcoin ransom in a cyber attack on a firm owned by Kent County Council, and leaked its data on the dark web. Kent Commercial Services (KCS) delivers services and supplies to public authorities, including protective equipment during the Covid-19 crisis. No ransom was paid and no personal data relating to taxpayers was stolen. Read more here.

 

Other News

The latest report from the ICO reveals a steady drop in data security incidents between January and March 2020. When comparing the first quarter of 2020 to the same period of 2019, the security incidents received by ICO fell 19%, from 3,263 to 2,629. Read more here.

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