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Big Brother Watch accuses HMRC of creating “biometric ID cards by the back door”

According to Big Brother Watch, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has collected 5.1 million taxpayers’ voiceprints without their consent. Millions of callers to HMRC have been required to repeat the phrase: “My voice is my password” on an automated line before being...
Posted On 25 Jun 2018
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“Fines for UK data privacy issues increased by nearly £1 million in 2017” reports PwC

Of the 91 enforcement actions for breaches of current data protection laws taken by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year, 54 monetary penalties were issued to UK organisations totalling £4,207,500. That’s an increase of nearly one million pounds over...
Posted On 24 May 2018
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New research reveals low levels of GDPR compliance among educational facilities

Despite high levels of awareness regarding the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on Friday, only 22% of schools, colleges and universities of the 500 surveyed by NW Security Group felt that their data protection policies were compliant....
Posted On 22 May 2018
Richard Menear
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Artificial Intelligence: How Will It Define Cyber Security over the Coming Years?

There has been much excitement about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it’s application in cyber security, writes Richard Menear. Here at Burning Tree, we’re monitoring the technology very closely to see where it can help our clients protect their business and data, and in...
Posted On 29 Mar 2018
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“Local authorities facing 19 million cyber attacks per year” reveals Big Brother Watch

UK councils have been subjected to over 98 million cyber attacks in the past five years, an investigation by privacy campaigner Big Brother Watch has revealed. The report exposes the extraordinary extent of cyber security threats faced by local authorities – amounting to 37 cyber...
Posted On 20 Feb 2018
Julia McCarron
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Advent IM introduces MyDataProtectionOfficer advisory service ahead of GDPR

In direct response to the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirement for some businesses and organisations to have a dedicated Data Protection Officer (DPO) in place, Advent IM has launched a new data protection advisory service....
Posted On 20 Feb 2018
Peter Barker
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Are You Ready for Data Privacy Day?

Sunday 28 January is international Data Privacy Day (also known in Europe as Data Protection Day). First initiated by the Council of Europe back in 2007 and passed in the US House of Representatives two years later, it has become an established point in the calendar at which to...
Posted On 16 Jan 2018
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EC statement on EU data protection law elicits “no adequacy decision, no panic” response from PwC

On Tuesday 9 January, the European Commission published a Notice To Stakeholders about the potential implications of Brexit for EU data protection law. This is the first time that the EU has made a statement on the adequacy decision and what the alternatives might be for the UK....
Posted On 12 Jan 2018
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ICO’s latest survey shows most UK citizens don’t trust organisations with their data

Steve Wood, deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is reminding organisations to be transparent with people’s personal data after a survey revealed a significant deficit of trust that organisations must address if they want to innovate with...
Posted On 13 Nov 2017
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2017 Cyber Security Summit & Expo a “must-attend” event for cyber risk and GDPR-focused professionals

On Thursday 16 November, key figures from Government agencies and leading businesses as well as cyber specialists converge at London’s Business Design Centre to establish a cross-sector response to cyber risk and data protection at the one-day 2017 Cyber Security Summit...
Posted On 31 Oct 2017