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Data protection news update – October 2018
Welcome to our October data protection update article where this month we are talking about Facebook, Morrisons and Google. Non-compliance can result in big fines and news headlines. Here is our data protection news update for October: The Privacy Shield Non-compliance can result in big fines and news headlines. Here is our data protection news update for October: The Privacy Shield
The ICO crack down on the NHS and employee curiosity
Being too curious can sometimes get you into big and costly trouble. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have made it clear that NHS employees who are tempted to look at patient records without a valid legal reason need to understand the repercussions of such actions. Mike Shaw, Criminal Enforcement Group Manager at the ICO said, “Employees who in many cases are very experienced and capable, are getting into serious trouble and often lose their jobs, usually over little more than personal curiosity.’ Unfortunately, Clare Lawson made that mistake. Her curiosity cost her a £400 fine, £364.08 in costs, a victim surcharge of £40 and her job.
The cyber attack on Premium Credit
On Sunday 16th September 2018 at 9.30am, Premium Credit - a number one insurance premium finance company in the UK and Ireland came under cyber attack. For over 25 years, Premium Credit has helped businesses and individuals pay for their insurance. They provide the finance to pay annual fees such as professional fees, membership subscriptions, commercial service charges, and school fees.
British Airways could face a £500m fine for a major data breach
It was only a matter of time… When the GDPR came into force on the 25th May 2018, we sat waiting for a tsunami of data breaches. There have been a series of notable cases - none as big the recent British Airways revelation. Massive fine! British Airways could face the maximum fine for their massive data breach. That is 4% of their global turnover, based on their revenue in 2017, they could be looking at a £500m fine! How many people have been affected? The data breach has affected hundreds of thousands of customers - approximately 380,000.
HMRC accused of breaching EU data protection laws
The HM Revenue has been asked to delete voice samples taken from more than 5 million taxpayers. It is claimed that the HM Revenue breached the EU data protection law by obtaining them. We are going to look at the facts and share our findings.
Data privacy – Facebook v Max Schrems
We recently covered the topic of Facebook and the transport of data to the US in our article ‘Should the Privacy Shield be suspended following the Facebook data scandal?’ Facebook is back in the news again and temperatures are rising in the Facebook v Max Schrems case. Who is Max Schrems?
Big data exposure – Level One Robotics
Case study A large robotics vendor, an assembly line droid builder, has been the latest company to expose confidential data for major manufacturing companies. We are going to look at the facts and share our findings. The recent revelation It has been claimed that the Canadian robotics vendor Level One Robotics is the company involved in a big data leak for over 100 manufacturing companies. Who exposed the data leak? ‘Upguard Inc’
Big data – that’s a lot of information
‘Big data’, you hear the phrase but do you actually understand what it means? Big data is basically a large collection of information, more specifically - ‘data sets’. The capabilities of our devices that we use, the development of technology, the ability to diagnose or cure an illness is all down to data sets. Big data is the essential gathering of information to function, grow and survive but capturing that data can be intrusive at times - that is why the GDPR is essential.
Should the Privacy Shield be suspended following the Facebook data scandal?
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have said that the Privacy Shield should be suspended in wake of the recent Facebook data scandal and the GDPR. In 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is a framework agreed by the European Union in the United States after the European Court invalidated the ‘Safe Harbor’ framework.
The new Data Protection Act 2018
After nearly a year of debate and consultation, the new Data Protection Act received Royal Assent on the 23rd of May 2018, two days before the GDPR went into force. It has been 20 years since the last Data Protection Act was passed and it comes at a time when the UK is facing many challenges and changes. Not only the recent implementation of the GDPR which a lot of businesses weren’t ready for but also Brexit.
The GDPR – the aftermath and news headlines
It’s been over a week since the GDPR came into force and the world hasn’t come to an end! In this article we are going to look at the news headlines and expand on the stories with an interesting series of opinions. Were you ready for the new data regulations? Are you still struggling to comply? Get some peace of mind by listening to Elizabeth Denham – the Information Commissioner for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Listen to what she had to say when the GDPR came into force on the 25th May 2018. Her message is simple and reassuring for those businesses that weren’t ready for the deadline. The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The ICO will enforce the GDPR.
Keep calm and use our GDPR checklist
Ready or not, here it comes… This article is to help avoid doubt in your mind about the GDPR and your business. We have incorporated a checklist and hopefully, you can answer ‘yes’ to everything. If you can’t and you are concerned, contact us today and we can advise you. We have the knowledge and expertise to guide you as we all take this new data protection journey. You have until Friday 25th May 2018 to be compliant with the GDPR. If you handle personal data, you need to demonstrate that you have taken the appropriate steps to protect the information you collect and retain about people.