Data Protection News Roundup – 23rd February 2021

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Data Breaches

The Scottish Borders Council has apologised for a data breach which has affected about 600 customers. The council had been in the process of alerting about 1,300 residents that they were eligible for a payment due to their receipt of free school meals however, it sent three emails with all recipient email addresses visible to multiple individuals. Read more here.

A webcam system that lets parents drop in and watch their children while at nursery school has suffered a data breach. NurseryCam said it did not believe the incident had involved any youngsters or staff being watched without their permission but had shut down its server as a precautionary measure. Read more here.


Other News

The European Union is set to allow data to flow freely from its territories to the UK after finding that it has comparable data protection laws in place. The EC has issued a draft decision saying that the UK’s data protection standards are “essentially equivalent” to the EU’s and should be found to be “adequate”. Read more here.

Invisible pixels used to track email activity are now an “endemic” issue that breaches our privacy, analysts suggest. Read more here.

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has filed a complaint against TikTok, alleging the video-sharing platform’s practices could be in breach of the GDPR. According to the complaint TikTok misleads its users by failing to clearly inform them about what kind of personal data it collects, what the collected data will be used for, and the legal reasoning behind its collection. Read more here.

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