Data Protection News Roundup – 27th 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.


Other News

TikTok is facing a legal challenge from former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield over how it collects and uses children’s data. TikTok has said the claims lack merit and they intend to vigorously defend the action. Read more here.

A new feature is being introduced to iPhones and iPads this week which is causing a huge rift between Apple and Facebook because it will allow device users to say no to having their data collected by apps. The new App Tracking Transparency feature will be on by default which will force app developers to explicitly ask for permission from users to use this IDFA. Facebook doesn’t want this because user data – and the advertising it can generate – is what makes the company so profitable. Read more here.

An internal Facebook email has revealed its strategy for dealing with the leaking of account details from 533 million users. It suggests the social network expected more such incidents and was planning to frame it as an industry problem that was a normal occurrence. Read more here.

Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s information commissioner has said that the threat of fines has done more to focus boardroom attention on data privacy and effective cyber-security than any other measure. Read more here.

The ICO will be “making enquiries” into claims about Sinn Féin’s internal voter database and how it uses information from Facebook. Sinn Féin’s searchable canvassing database is reported to record details about individual voters including their expected level of support for the party. Read more here.

The National Cyber Security Centre has released a free cyber security training package for teachers and school staff, setting out steps to take to help mitigate cyber attacks and drawing on real-life case studies to demonstrate the impact of such incidents. Find the guide here.

UK staff at one of the world’s biggest call centre companies have been told they will not be forced to have a webcam if working at home, following disquiet after some were told these could be used to remotely monitor their productivity. Read more here.

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