Data Protection News Roundup – 2nd March 2021

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Digital secretary Oliver Dowden has outlined the UK government’s approach to data post-Brexit, indicating that it intends to strike new international data partnerships and broaden the remit of the next information commissioner to ensure data is used to achieve social and economic goals. Read more here.


Data Breaches

Npower has permanently withdrawn its mobile app after hackers used it to access its customers’ personal details, including the sort codes and the last four digits of their bank accounts. Read more here.

Oxford University has confirmed that its Division of Structural Biology, a prominent lab working on understanding COVID-19, had been accessed by unauthorised parties. The intruders accessed “machines used to prepare biochemical samples,” and the threat actor appears to be a criminal group offering stolen biomedical data for sale to nation-state intelligence services. Read more here.


Other News

With just six months to go until the Children’s Code comes into force, the ICO is urging organisations and businesses to make the necessary changes to their online services and products. Read more here.

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