Data Protection News Roundup – 16th 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

The Competition and Markets Authority has revealed that it was targeted by more than 150 data breach incidents in the past two years. It has confirmed that across 2019 and 2020 there were 81 cases of unauthorised disclosure of information, while 40 devices were lost or stolen. Read more here.

Business communication app Slack is urging some of its users to reset their passwords after a bug in its Android app saw user credentials logged in plaintext. Slack says that only a small subset of users was affected, and notes that there is no evidence to suggest that this data was accessed by third-parties. Read more here.


Other News

The ICO has issued fines totalling £270,000 to two separate companies for making unlawful marketing calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). Call Centre Ops of Nottingham and House Guard of Bournemouth, were found to have made almost 860,000 illegal calls between them, resulting in complaints to both the ICO and the TPS. Read more here.

The government is to launch the first-of-its-kind UK Cyber Security Council, a governing body which will offer support and guidance to workers looking to boost their careers in cyber security, and help organisations to recruit effectively. To be formally launched on 31 March, the UK Cyber Security Council will be the nations’ first such governing body to be entrusted with the duty to establish standards and define career and learning paths for the cyber security sector. Read more here.

Facebook is facing a second London High Court class action over allegations it failed to protect the personal details of about one million people in England and Wales, in the latest lawsuit to spring from a scandal over data harvesting. Read more here.

Sweden’s data protection authority has fined the local police authority €250,000 for unlawful use of the controversial facial recognition software Clearview AI, in breach of the country’s Criminal Data Act. As part of the enforcement the police must conduct further training and education of staff in order to avoid any future processing of personal data in breach of data protection rules and regulations. Read more here.

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