Data Protection News Roundup – 25th August 2020

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A cross-party group of more than 20 MPs has accused the ICO of failing to hold the government to account for its failures in the NHS coronavirus test-and-trace programme. The MPs have urged Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, to demand that the government change the programme after it admitted failing to conduct a legally required impact assessment of its privacy implications. Read more here.


Data Breaches

Security researchers have discovered an exposed database online which contains scraped data from the social media profiles of nearly 235 million Instagram, TikTok and YouTube users. The exposed database belonged to a company called Deep Social which has shut down its operations. Read more here.

The popular stock photo company Freepik has announced that its Freepik and Flaticon websites have fallen victim to a security breach which allowed hackers to obtain millions of user credentials. Read more here.


Other News

A class action-style suit has been filed in the High Court of England and Wales against hotel group Marriott International over the 2018 data breach that exposed personally identifiable details of more than 300 million people around the world. Read more here.

Uber’s former security boss, Joe Sullivan, has been charged by the US Department of Justice for covering up their 2016 data breach, that was exposed a year later in 2017. Read more here.

The ICO has opened an investigation into Barclays bank over improper tracking of its employees during work hours. The probe is investigating claims of employee surveillance that include using tracking software to determine when and for how long employees were away from their desks, and how much time they were spending on a particular task. Read more here.

The ICO is re-opening its ‘regulatory sandbox’ service, this time with a focus on supporting organisations using children’s personal data to develop products and services. Read more here.

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