Data Protection News Roundup – 10th November 2020

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Data Breaches

Prestige Software, a hotel reservation platform used by Hotels.com, Booking.com, and Expedia, left data belonging to “millions” of guests exposed on a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket. Read more here.

A Guernsey-based law firm has been fined £10,000 after sharing “highly confidential and sensitive” information. Trinity Chambers LLP sent private details about an individual and their family via emails and post, the Data Protection Authority (ODPA) found. Read more here.

 

Other News

The data processing policies and practices of two of the world’s largest software companies, Salesforce and Oracle, will come under scrutiny in the High Court of England and Wales in the biggest digital privacy class action lawsuit ever filed. The suit, filed by privacy campaigner and data protection specialist Rebecca Rumbul, is seeking damages that have been estimated in excess of £10bn. “Enough is enough,” said Rumbul. “I am tired of tech giants behaving as if they are above the law. It is time to take a stand and demonstrate that these companies cannot unlawfully and indiscriminately hoover up personal data with impunity.” Read more here.

Lawsuits filed against British Airways and Marriott could be the vanguard of a wave of European class-action cases dealing with privacy concerns, lawyers say. Class-action lawsuits for privacy incidents are uncommon in Europe, but law firms and consumer organisations are increasingly bringing cases to seek damages for individuals whose data is exposed by a breach. Read more here.

The ICO has published a guide to dealing with criminal offence data and the rules for processing it. It is aimed at DPOs and those with specific data protection responsibilities in larger organisations. Read more here.

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