Data Protection News Roundup – 23rd June 2020

The Data Guardians Managing Director and lead consultant Matthew Lamb is a Certified Cyber Risk Management Practitioner and Data Protection Officer. Get in touch with us to ask about how we can help you with your GDPR and Data Protection Act compliance.


Coronavirus Response

In a major U-turn, the UK is ditching the way its current coronavirus-tracing app works and shifting to a model based on technology provided by Apple and Google. The government now intends to launch an app in the autumn, however it says the product may not involve contact tracing at that point. Read more here.


Data Breaches

Twitter has reported a serious “security incident” on the billing information of businesses that use its ad and analytics services. It is unclear how many businesses have been affected. Read more here.

Security researchers have discovered malware that compromised users through downloads of extensions to Google’s Chrome web browser. The ‘spyware’– software that steals information from a computer and sends it to a third party – attacked users through 32 million downloads of Chrome extensions. Read more here.

A cyber attack earlier this month has impacted the beauty company Avon. The full names, dates of birth and usernames of more than 250,000 consumers were exposed. Read more here.

Over 1.2 million user records from the popular Stalker Online MMO game were made available for purchase on hacker forums, a new report has revealed. Read more here.


Other News

Nearly half (46%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regularly share confidential files via email, including financial and employee data in spreadsheets, according to a new study from the Lanop Accountancy Group. Read more here.

The ICO has warned that Police are extracting “excessive amounts of personal data” from the mobile phones of victims and witnesses during investigations and are in danger of discouraging the public from reporting crime. Read more here.

According to an IT asset disposal company that specialises in the permanent deletion and destruction of electronic data, 14% of people have accessed confidential data at work that they were not authorised to see, 7% have wrongly seen the salaries of their managers and colleagues and 5% have had unauthorised access to other people’s private photos via their employer’s technology. Read more here.

Zoom announced on Wednesday it has reversed course and decided to provide end-to-end encryption to all customers, not just those who pay for a subscription. Read more here.

France’s top court for administrative law has dismissed Google’s appeal against a $57M fine issued by the data watchdog last year for not making it clear enough to Android users how it processes their personal information. Read more here.

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