Data Protection News Roundup – 4th August 2020

The Data Guardians’ Managing Director and lead consultant Matthew Lamb is a Certified Data Protection Officer and 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 as well as addressing your Cyber Security issues.


Data Breaches

The Labour Party has confirmed that it too has been affected by the Blackbaud hack. Hackers are believed to have accessed information about thousands of party donors over a period of several years. Read more here.

Members of the British Dental Association have been targeted by hackers and while the BDA is unsure what information has been accessed it is feared that the hackers stole case notes and dentist’ bank details. Read more here.

Online alcohol delivery company Drizly has been hit by a data breach affecting as many as 2.5 million customer accounts. A hacker took customer email addresses, dates of birth and passwords. The company said that no financial data was taken in the breach but a listing on the dark web marketplace claims otherwise. Read more here.

Interior design platform, Havenly, has disclosed a data breach after a data breach broker leaked 1.3 million user records for free on a popular hacking platform. Read more here.

Three people have been charged for a large Twitter hack in July where hackers took over dozens of verified accounts including those of Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Kim Kardashian, to trick people into handing over money. Read more here.


Other News

According to Freedom of Information request 54% of UK universities reported a data breach to the regulator in the past 12 months with an average of two reports each. Nearly half of those that responded to the request claimed that staff had received no security training in the past year. Read more here.

According to its July results statement, BA expects to pay only £20 million of its £183 million fine issued by the ICO in 2018. Read more here.

The ICO has updated its resources to help organisations prepare for the end of the transition period on 31st December. You can access the resources here.

According to the latest research from Cifas, the UK fraud prevention membership body, cases of identify fraud reported to their national database rose by nearly 20% in 2019 – the sharpest rise in the last five years. Read more here.

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