GDPR – Organisations continue to adapt
GDPR and the Data Protection Act came into force in May 2018. There was some sense of foreboding as we built up to the introduction, there was no transition period just a new and extensive set of rules and regulations to replace and update the Data Protection Act 1998. The legislation is not a one […]Read more
Marriott announce data breach of information for as many as 500 million people
The Marriott Hotel chain announced on Friday 30 November 2018 that information contained in its Starwood brands guest reservation database was compromised. Unauthorised access occurred in connection with reservations at Starwood properties on or before 10 September 2018, potentially dating back to 2014. Marriott received an alert from a security tool on 8 September 2018 […]Read more
The reaction of Data Protection Commissioners throughout the EU to Facebook’s latest data breach
Last weekend news broke of a data breach at the Conservative Party conference via an app, prompting predictions of an embarrassing GDPR fine for the party currently in power. The limelight for this data breach was wholly stolen by Facebook who revealed news of the largest ever data breach in the history of its company […]Read more
Cambridge Analytica – Facebook issued record fine
The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has announced that Facebook is to be fined £500,000 for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ICO concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users’ information and be transparent about how such data was harvested by others. The Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “Facebook has failed to provide the kind […]Read more
The first over the line – Dixons Carphone
Dixons Carphone (DC) is investigating a hacking attempt which involved almost six million credit and debit cards and over a million customer data records. The incident could be the first significant data breach to be investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. […]Read more
Court condemns Facebook’s use of personal data
After a lengthy battle with the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (FGCO) regarding Facebook’s data protection policies, the Berlin Regional Court (BRC) has found that Facebook’s use of its users’ data was illegal. Facebook had failed to obtain consent to use personal data for their advertising purposes, according to the BRC. The social media giant’s failure to […]Read more
Cambridge Analytica and the ICO
I first heard about a company called Cambridge Analytica in January 2017. Having an interest in data protection matters due to the nature of my work, I was actually fascinated by a company that claimed it could assist political campaigns to produce highly precise targeted Facebook ads and that their services were employed by both […]Read more
Will SMEs be shackled by GDPR?
Data is increasingly becoming the most valuable commodity for businesses and as such, one of the most protected. Considering the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an update to the Data Protection Act which first came into force in 1998, when one gigabyte of data cost one thousand times what it does today, the new […]Read more
The GDPR – A guide for park owners
It may not be the first thing a park owner thinks about, but data protection laws here in the UK apply as much to holiday and home parks as they do to any other business sector. In May next year the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect and is set to introduce […]Read more
GDPR – 12 months and counting
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved and adopted by the EU Parliament in April 2016. The regulation will take effect after a two-year transition period and come into force on 25 May 2018. The impact of these changes and identifying potential compliance issues under the GDPR will be a challenge for many organisations. […]Read more
What does Brexit mean for data protection in the UK?
UK businesses have for some time now been thinking carefully about what they will have to do to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Brexit has not made their deliberations any easier. Data protection law in the UK, as with many of our laws, is based on legislation which originates in the […]Read more
Big Brother is watching you….
. . .and, it seems, he may have every right to do so. . . If only it was that simple. In fact, monitoring in the workplace (for example, CCTV and emails) raises a host of legal issues under: the Data Protection Act 1998 the Code of Practice issued by the Information Commission’s Office (ICO) […]Read more