Data Protection News Roundup – 19th 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

At least 214 million accounts for Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn have been affected by a large-scale data breach. Data that was targeted included e-mail addresses, phone numbers as well as users’ full names and – in some cases – specific location data. Read more here.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) experienced an 18% rise in personal data loss incidents in the financial year 2019/20, according to official figures analysed by the Parliament Street Think Tank. Read more here.

Foreign Office countryside estate that hosts high-level discussions about global security, Wilton Park, was hit by a cyber attack last month. There is no evidence that hackers stole any data but the outpost’s security operation is being stepped up. Read more here.

The exclusive Wentworth Gold Club in Surrey, home to the European Tour, has suffered a data breach with membership data stolen. The clubs’ members have been informed and asked to remain vigilant. Read more here.

Following the cyber attack on the European Medicines Agency last year, cybercriminals have now leaked Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data on the internet. Read more here.

A ransomware attack launched against gaming company Capcom last November is much worse than originally reported. In a statement, the company behind games such as Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and DarkStalkers said the attack potentially compromised up to 390,000 users’ data – 40,000 more than the company initially thought. Read more here.


Other News

A German notebook retailer has been given a €10.4 million fine after it was found to have conducted intrusive video surveillance against its employees. The firm monitored its employees for at least two years without a legal basis, violating the principles of GDPR, with illegal cameras set up in workplaces, salesrooms, warehouses and other common areas. Read more here.

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