Data Protection News Roundup – 17th November 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

Following the data breach by Public Health Wales earlier this year, where the details of 18,000 coronavirus cases were accidently published online, an investigation has found that human error and work pressures were among the factors to blame. Read more here.


Data Breaches

The ICO has fined Ticketmaster UK Limited £1.25 million for failing to keep its customers’ personal data secure. The ICO found that the company had failed to put appropriate security measures in place to prevent a cyber attack on a chat-bot installed on its online payment page. Read more here.

Capcom, the Japanese game maker behind the “Resident Evil” and “Street Fighter” franchises, has confirmed that hackers stole customer data and files from its internal network following a ransomware attack earlier in the month. Read more here.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) accidently published more than 6,000 people’s personal data online after they applied for benefits. The spreadsheet containing National Insurance numbers was online for more than two years and was only removed last Monday. Read more here.


Other News

The personal data of Britons could be handed to US firms via the new trade deal with Japan, campaigners are warning – ripping up existing protections. Read more here.

The ICO has released a report analysing the data protection practices of UK political parties following audits into their data processing and collection activities. The report established some common issues across the political spectrum, mainly centred around the lack of transparency and accountability. The ICO made recommendations for improvement to all political parties that they audited, with 70% of the advisories classified as urgent or high priority. Read more here.

Instagram is struggling with the GDPR as it tries to introduce new tech into its app. The Facebook-owned app wants to bring in new tools in the UK and Europe that can better identify suicide and self-harm content. Read more here.

Twitter has appointed one of the world’s best-regarded hackers Peiter Zatzo or ‘Mudge’ as its head of security, giving him a broad mandate to recommend changes in structure and practices. Read more here.

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