Data Protection News Roundup – 3rd November 2020

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Data Breaches

The ICO has reduced the size of a data breach penalty for Marriott International, dropping it to £18.4 million in a final penalty notice, down from the £99 million figure that the watchdog initially said it would levy in July 2019. The fine relates to a data breach suffered by the hotel that dates back to 2014 but which wasn’t discovered until November 2018. Read more here.

Big Brother Watch and the Open Rights Group (ORG) have told data rights agency AWO to send a pre-action letter to the government following multiple reports that data collected by hospitality venues for test and trace is being misused. Read more here.


Other News

The ICO has fined Reliance Advisory Limited £250,000 for breaking electronic marketing law. The ICO found that over a six month period from the start of 2019, the Bury-based company made 15.1 million calls in relation to claims management services such as mis-sold PPI. All of the calls, of which 1.1 million connected, were made to people who had not consented to receive them. Read more here.

Facebook is facing a lawsuit in the UK over its alleged lack of action in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. According to the BBC, a group called ‘Facebook You Owe Us’ is suing the social network on behalf of almost 1m users in England and Wales affected by the breach. Read more here.

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