Data Protection News Roundup – 6th October 2020

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According to newly released figures, HMRC has been bombarded with 521,582 malicious email attacks over the last three months. Read more here.


Data Breaches

When Blackbaud first shared the news of its huge data breach in July it stated that financial data was not included in the leak and that it had paid a ransom to hackers on the understanding that the stolen data would be deleted. Now it has been confirmed that some of Blackbaud’s affected customers have had financial data accessed. Read more here.

The names and details of victims of crime in Greater Manchester – including those of sexual abuse – have allegedly been accidentally put online by Greater Manchester Police. The data breach, which is reportedly very serious in both size and content, is being investigated by GMP and the ICO. Read more here.


Other News

In one of the largest GDPR fines imposed, a regional data protection authority in Germany fined H&M Germany €35.2 million for excessive “illegal” monitoring of several hundred employees by one of the retailer’s subsidiaries. Read more here.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a public consultation on its draft Statutory guidance. Read more and respond to the consultation here.

The EU’s top court has, today, ruled that unrestrained mass surveillance of phone and internet data is unlawful, in the latest blow to the UK’s chances of securing a post-Brexit data-sharing agreement with the EU. The Luxembourg-based court said large amounts of data can only be held by governments for the “limited” amount of time that is “strictly necessary”. The decision is the result of legal proceedings brought by courts in Belgium, France and the UK, which called for the free transfer and retention of data by authorities to protect citizens. Read more here.

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