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No deal, not adequate
Nearly a year after the UK ratified the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and brought into law the EU General Data Protection Regulation, we face a new era of uncertainty.
Privacy Shield – Kicking the can down the road
The European Commission (EC) published its’ report on the second annual review of the US-EU Privacy Shield agreement and succeeded in “kicking the can down the road”.
3 Smart tips for data protection
It has been six months since the big shakeup and implementation of the GDPR. Have we all done enough to be compliant? If the GDPR hasn’t been a time consuming and an eye-opening exercise for an organisation then maybe they’ve missed something. When it comes to data protection, by now most organisations should be at the... Little Miss Nelly Know it all stage. They should know... How their data is captured and stored How their data is processed What to do when something goes wrong
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.