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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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Raids by the FCA: Why We Need to Look Beyond the Numbers

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently reported that it carried out more raids last year than in any year since 2010. Syedur Rahman outlines why he firmly believes the reasons for those raids – and the results they eventually realise – are more important...
Posted On 17 May 2019
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“Counterfeit fashion items head list of EU Border seizures” discovers Kroll analysis

Over 207,000 counterfeit watches worth a combined €172 million were seized at the borders of EU countries in 2017, making them by far the highest value type of fake product intercepted. That’s according to new analysis by Kroll (a division of Duff & Phelps), a global...
Posted On 20 Nov 2018
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Security Industry Authority launches consultation on Approved Contractor Scheme eligibility criteria requirements

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching a consultation on the revised eligibility and ‘fit and proper’ criteria requirements for private security businesses seeking approval to the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). The criteria have been updated as part of the...
Posted On 04 Oct 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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University of Greenwich fined £120,000 by ICO in wake of “serious” security breach

The University of Greenwich has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people (among them students and staff). It’s the first university to have been fined...
Posted On 22 May 2018
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William Hill ordered to pay £6.2 million penalty package for “systemic social responsibility and money laundering failures”

Systemic senior management failure to protect consumers and prevent money laundering will result in the William Hill Group (WHG) paying a penalty package of “at least £6.2 million”. A Gambling Commission investigation has revealed that, between November 2014 and...
Posted On 21 Feb 2018
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“Fines for data breaches and spam soar by 69% as ICO signals crackdown” reports The SMS Works

Since August 2015, the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) has fined 104 organisations a total of £8.7 million for breaches in data security and of anti-spam regulations. The organisation has the power to fine companies up to £500,000 for breaking the rules and is now...
Posted On 31 Jan 2018
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“Employees pose greatest EU GDPR compliance risk” pinpoints latest Bluesource study

Six-in-ten organisations view their employees as the biggest threat to successful EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adherence, while four-in-ten believe that their current IT systems could also pose compliance risks. That’s according to a GDPR awareness survey...
Posted On 14 Aug 2017
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ICO warns NHS employees that unlawfully accessing patient records is an offence

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded NHS staff about the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a valid reason. The warning comes after a former health care assistant was ordered to pay a total of £1,715 in fines and...
Posted On 14 Aug 2017