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Big Brother Watch investigation unearths “facial recognition epidemic” in UK

An investigation by Big Brother Watch has uncovered a facial recognition “epidemic” across privately owned sites in the UK. The civil liberties campaign group has found major property developers, Shopping Centres, museums, conference centres and casinos using the...
Posted On 16 Aug 2019
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ICO joins international signatories in raising Libra data protection concerns

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has joined data protection authorities from around the world in calling for more openness about the proposed Libra digital currency and infrastructure. A statement issued to Facebook and 28 other companies behind the project asks them...
Posted On 12 Aug 2019
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham
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Information Commissioner points towards “unprecedented year” for ICO in 2018-2019 Annual Report

The public has woken up to the potential of their personal data, the Information Commissioner has said on publication of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Annual Report for 2018-2019. Elizabeth Denham also stated that the document covers an “unprecedented...
Posted On 11 Jul 2019
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Liberty investigation reveals MI5 “unlawfully” handled bulk surveillance data

According to an investigation by Human Rights campaign group Liberty, MI5 has been “unlawfully” retaining innocent people’s data for years. Apparently, and again according to Liberty, the British Security Service has also failed to give senior Judges accurate information about...
Posted On 11 Jun 2019
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Social media and mobile apps “least trusted” digital platforms for keeping personal data secure

According to the results of EY’s latest Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) research, which is based on a survey of 2,500 respondents, UK consumers are most sceptical of social media and apps when it comes to their personal data security. When asked which types of...
Posted On 10 Jun 2019
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‘Dark’ data creating “major security blind spot” for most companies across UK plc

UK businesses continue to house ‘dark’ data within their organisations, creating a honeypot for cyber criminals. That’s a key finding of the latest research from Veritas Technologies, the specialist in enterprise data protection and software-defined storage. The...
Posted On 05 Jun 2019
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“GDPR compliance only ‘skin deep’ on first anniversary” highlights Shred-it survey

A recent survey commissioned by Shred-it has revealed “a positive understanding and engagement” with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) among SMEs on its first anniversary. The findings show that 72% of UK SMEs report being ‘very aware’ of...
Posted On 02 Jun 2019
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“Data privacy fines increased by £2 million in 2018” finds PwC’s Enforcement Tracker

Figures from PwC’s 2018 Privacy and Security Enforcement Tracker show the sum of monetary penalties issued to UK organisations for breaching data protection laws in 2018 totalled more than £6.5 million. That’s over £2 million more than in the previous year. In the fifth...
Posted On 30 May 2019
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London Borough of Newham fined by ICO for disclosing sensitive personal data on alleged gang members

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the London Borough of Newham £145,000 for disclosing the personal information of more than 200 people who featured on a police intelligence database. The database is known as the ‘Gangs Matrix’ and its purpose is to record...
Posted On 04 Apr 2019
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Security By Design

When it comes to protection regimes for today’s organisations, there’s simply no ‘one size fits all’ solution. It’s a fact that every client and contract represents a unique proposition for the security companies with whom they engage. That being so, Anthony Owen outlines...
Posted On 20 Mar 2019