Data Protection News Roundup – 11th 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.


Coronavirus Response

Recent reports suggest that a repackaged version of the UK’s coronavirus contact-tracing app will be launched later this month. While details are unknown, it’s expected that the scaled-back software will only provide users with information about infection levels in their local area and will not be able to carry out automatic contact tracing. Read more here.


Data Breaches

ProctorU, a proctoring platform for online exams, has disclosed that it was the victim of a major data breach. ProctorU allows teachers to ensure that students don’t cheat when they take part in online exams. Read more here.

Cyber attacks have hit almost all organisations across the UK in the last year, with 96% of companies reporting that a breach has negatively impacted their business. This statistic comes from a new report published by cyber exposure company Tenable. Read more here.


Other News

The Information Commissioner has ruled that pupils have a right to know their place in the rank order drawn up by teachers and submitted to exam boards earlier this year. Read more here.

A court of appeal has ruled that the use of facial recognition technology by South Wales police broke race and sex equalities law and breached privacy rights because the force did not apply proper safeguards. The critical judgment came in a case brought by Ed Bridges, a civil liberties campaigner, who was scanned by the police software in Cardiff in 2017 and 2018. He argued that capturing of thousands of faces was indiscriminate. Read more here.

Social media app, Tiktok, is attempting to restructure its European operations so that it’s US parent company will no longer manage data for users based in the UK and EU. Instead, Tiktok Ireland will control the data of all users in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, while Tiktok UK will do the same for Britons. Tiktok has asked Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner to become its main European regulator, a decision that now faces a review from an EU taskforce, which was set up in June after European officials raised concerns about Tiktok’s handling of user information. Read more here.

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