Data Protection News Roundup – 2nd February 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

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has disclosed a ransomware attack that has disrupted services and may have led to data theft. The cyberattack has impacted two of the group’s services: a portal used by the Brussels-based UK Research Office (UKRO) and the BBSRC extranet, which is utilised by UKRI councils. Read more here.

The British branch of Mensa, the society for people with high IQs, announced last week that it has been hit by a cyber attack. The society stated that it was investigating the incident that “involved considerable resources” and its website is currently offline. Read more here.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has urged the public to look out for suspicious emails and to change their passwords as part of new guidance on how to respond to data being exposed in a cyberattack. The advice has been drawn up after 46% of UK businesses reported a breach or data attack in the last year. Read more here.


Other News

The ICO says that millions of people have stopped using WhatsApp in favour of alternative messaging services such as Telegram and Signal. WhatsApp delayed the introduction of a new privacy policy in January after confusion and user backlash forced it to better explain what data it collects and how it shares information with its parent company, Facebook Inc. Read more here.

The ICO has issued fines totalling £480,000 to four separate companies for making unlawful calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). It is against the law to make marketing calls to numbers that have been registered with the TPS for more than 28 days, unless people have provided consent. Read more here.

According to new research by Which? cybercriminals are selling stolen data pertaining to UK consumers on the dark web. Among the personal data up for sale on the dark web are thousands of stolen Tesco Clubcard accounts which contain usernames, passwords and loyalty card balances, and which were sometimes available for just 42p each when purchased in bulk. Read more here.

The ICO has appointed a new Director of Technology and Innovation. Stephen Almond joins the ICO from the World Economic Forum, where he worked with governments and technology firms to promote the adoption of a more agile, innovation-enabling approach to regulation. Read more here.

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