Google has taken down a CSV file linked to a Google Earth map that showed the exact locations of gun owners’ homes.
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) experienced a severe data breach that could put the lives of Afghan interpreters and their families at risk. Following this shocking data privacy failure, the MoD has experienced another data breach; this time potentially compromising the safety of Afghans who may be eligible to relocate to the UK.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has experienced a severe data breach that could put the lives of Afghan interpreters and their families at risk.
According to an article in the Financial Times, the NHS has shared a wealth of data with several companies. Any organisation can apply for access to NHS patient data, but while some use it for planning and research purposes (e.g. local governments, public bodies, and universities), the Financial Times has discovered that it was also shared with 43 commercial businesses.
Cyber-attacks and data breaches are likely to become more frequent, as businesses have underestimated the impact the pandemic has had on their vulnerability. That’s according to a recent report.
According to a new report, almost half of UK organisations have had a data breach reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect three years ago. The ICO is the UK’s data protection regulator.
An IT blunder at Hackney Council has publicly exposed the names and addresses of vulnerable women living in hostels for their own safety. The breach was only spotted when investigators at local newspaper Hackney Citizen informed the council.
T-Mobile has admitted that, once again, hackers have accessed its systems. The confirmation comes after some T-Mobile customer data was found listed for sale on a cybercriminal forum. The seller is asking for 6 bitcoin (around £203,000) for a 30 million subset of the data. The seller claims to be selling the rest of the data privately.
Property service company Liberty has suffered a cyberattack. The business provides property services for housing associations, local authorities, and private companies. Liberty is part of social housing group ForViva, which manages homes on behalf of thousands of tenants across the North West.
Data breaches and cyberattacks are only going to become more common if firms do not adequately identify the risks of personal IT equipment being used by at home-workers and ensure that robust security measures such as virus protection, system access tools and encryption are used as standard.
Amazon is facing a fine of £636 million for breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The huge fine is being issued by Luxembourg’s data protection regulator. It is the biggest GDPR penalty issued to date and is more than double every other GDPR fine combined.
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- HIV Scotland October 22, 2021Scottish charity fined for contraventions of Articles 5(1)(f), 32(1) and 32(2) of the UK GDPR.
- Your Home Improvements Ltd September 22, 2021Your Home Improvements Ltd have been fined for making 1,718 unsolicited calls for direct marketing purposes to people who were registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). This resulted in 4 complaints being made to the TPS and the Commissioner.
- Your Home Improvements Ltd September 22, 2021Your Home Improvements Ltd made 1,718 unsolicited calls for direct marketing purposes to people who were registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). This resulted in 4 complaints being made to the TPS and the Commissioner.
- We Buy Any Car Limited September 15, 2021The ICO has fined We Buy Any Car Limited £200,000. It sent 191.4 million marketing emails and 3.6 million marketing SMS messages to individuals without fully satisfying the requirements of the soft opt in, resulting in 42 complaints to the Commissioner, over a period of twelve months.
- Saga Services Limited September 15, 2021The ICO has fined Saga Services Ltd £150,000 for sending messages containing direct marketing material, for which subscribers had not provided valid consent.
- Saga Personal Finance Limited September 15, 2021Saga Personal Finance Ltd sent 28,523,745 unsolicited direct marketing messages were received by subscribers.
- Saga Personal Finance Limited September 15, 2021The ICO has fined Saga Personal Finance Ltd £75,000 for sending 28,523,745 unsolicited direct marketing messages. These messages contained direct marketing material for which subscribers had not provided valid consent.
- Saga Services Limited September 15, 2021During the period 29 November 2018 and 2 May 2019, a confirmed total of 128,895,718 unsolicited direct marketing messages were received by subscribers, having been sent at the instigation of Saga Services Ltd. These messages contained direct marketing material for which subscribers had not provided valid consent.
- SportsDirect.com Retail Ltd September 15, 2021The ICO has fined SportsDirect.com £70,000 for sending a total of 2,565,513 direct marketing messages without consent.