Data Protection News Roundup – 6th April 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 has been fined €475,000 after failing to report a serious data breach within the time period mandated by the GDPR. After being notified of a data breach on 13th January 2019, it didn’t report it until 7th February – 22 days later. The GDPR mandates strict rules to report within 72 hours. Read more here.

The phone numbers and personal data of over 553 million Facebook users have been published online by a user in a low-level hacking forum. At least 100 countries are included in this leak, including data from 11 million users in the UK. Read more here.

After a malicious ransomware cyberattack on The Harris Federation which operates one of the UK’s biggest academy chains, at least nine Croydon schools, including four large secondaries, have been affected, forcing them to shut down IT systems, email servers and even switch off their landline phone networks. Read more here.

A new survey by Sacker & Partners, a UK-based specialist law firm for pensions and pensions litigation, has revealed that data breaches are occurring frequently in the industry. In the survey, just over a third of those that responded said they had suffered a breach in the last twelve months. Read more here.


Other News

TalkTalk has denied having liability to hundreds of customers suing them over major data breaches in 2014 and 2015, saying the incidents were caused by rogue workers and that it could not have prevented them. Read more here.

A newly qualified solicitor “blinded by panic” lied about sending an email containing personal data to the wrong person and has avoided being struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal who said it would have been disproportionate to do so. Read more here.

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