Data Protection News Roundup – 12th January 2021

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.


Data Breaches

A cyber criminal group has posted what it claims are documents stolen from Hackney Council in a ransomware attack last year. Read more here.

British Airways intends to begin settlement discussions later this year, relating to its huge data breach that occurred in 2018. The legal firm responsible for managing the settlements believes that every claimant could receive £6,000 on average which would add up to approximately £3 billion if every affected customer filed a legal case. Read more here.


Other News

The ICO has published a new data sharing code of practice which addresses the requirements for data sharing under the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. Once approved by Parliament, the Code will become a statutory code of practice. Thereafter, the Code will be used by the ICO when assessing whether organisations have complied with their data protection obligations when sharing personal data. Find the code here.

SolarWinds is hiring former Homeland Security official Chris Krebs and ex-Facebook security chief Alex Stamos to help shore up its security following its huge hack, which government agencies said was probably “Russian in nature.” Read more here.

An RAC employee has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, in a prosecution brought by the ICO. The employee compiled lists of road traffic accident data including partial names, mobile phone numbers and registration numbers and transferred the personal data to an accident claims management firm without authorisation. The data was then used to make nuisance calls. Read more here.

The Competition and Markets Authority has opened a formal investigation into Google over supposedly pro-privacy changes the company is making to its Chrome browser. Working alongside the ICO the CMA will review whether the proposed tweaks violate antitrust law and whether there are any other privacy concerns. Read more here.

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