Data Protection News Roundup – 30th 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.  

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Data Breaches

According to a Linklaters analysis, there has been a major increase of data breach notifications to European data protection authorities, with an average increase in notifications of 66% compared to Year 1 of the GDPR. The UK is the only country to have reported a drop of 17%. Read more here.

One person has been sacked and two others have left South Gloucestershire Council after three serious breaches of data security by staff. In one incident a letter containing a foster child’s address was disclosed to the birth mother and a second incident saw a council officer disclose to a father the identity of a neighbour who had reported concerns about his ability to look after his children. Read more here.

A data breach involving the identities of 251 historical institutional abuse survivors in Northern Ireland was a “procedural error”, an investigation has concluded. Nine recommendations have been suggested to prevent further incidents. Read more here.

EasyJet is facing a legal claim bought by 10,000 customers after their recent announcement that the personal details of 9 million passengers were breached by a cyber-attack. Read more here.

 

Other News

Lawyers for the civil rights organisation Liberty have argued in a court of appeal that automated facial recognition technology that searches for people in public places breaches privacy rights and will “radically” alter the way Britain is policed. They also argued that it is discriminatory and contrary to data protection laws. Read more here.

Google has announced that newly created Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default. The announcement comes after heavy criticism of Google for collecting and retaining data that users don’t realise it has. Read more here.

Experts have said that the GDPR is making it difficult to collect the information needed to work out if an automated system has made an unfair decision out of racial or gender bias. Read more here.

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