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Big Brother Watch hails ICO decision as HMRC forced to delete five million voice IDs

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been forced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to delete the voice IDs for no less than five million taxpayers from its database, with civil liberties campaigner Big Brother Watch hailing the news a “massive...
Posted On 02 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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Association of British Insurers steps up call for access to ICO’s cyber breach data

While addressing a room full of Government officials, peers and industry leaders alongside Baroness Neville-Jones (former chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee), James Dalton, the director of general insurance policy at the Association of British Insurers (ABI), has stepped...
Posted On 30 May 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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UK businesses “struggling” with requests for personal information in GDPR era

One year on from the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect, a new study suggests that many UK businesses are struggling to process requests from customers who are exercising their right to access the personal information stored about...
Posted On 29 May 2019
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BBC’s Kate Adie announced as opening Keynote Speaker at Infosecurity Europe 2019

As part of what is an already inspiring conference line-up, Infosecurity Europe’s organisers have now announced that renowned BBC broadcaster and author Kate Adie will be delivering the opening Keynote at this year’s event on Tuesday 4 June (from 10.15 am-11.05 am). Also...
Posted On 07 May 2019
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Specific data breach roles outlined by heads of NCSC and ICO at key cyber conference

The victims of cyber incidents stand to benefit from an improved approach towards breaches between the UK’s technical authority for cyber threats (the National Cyber Security Centre) and its independent authority for data protection (the Information Commissioner’s Office)....
Posted On 25 Apr 2019
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“Organisations should be doing more to achieve privacy accountability” asserts GPEN

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network’s (GPEN) annual intelligence gathering operation has looked at how well organisations have implemented the core concepts of accountability into their own internal privacy policies and programmes. The joint study, known as the...
Posted On 07 Mar 2019
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Housing developer Magnacrest Ltd fined for ignoring data request issued by ICO

Organisations have been reminded that they could face a criminal prosecution if they fail to respect the public’s legal right to access their personal information. The warning has come from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after housing developer Magnacrest Ltd was...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019
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2018’s Major Security Breaches: How They Could Have Been Avoided

2018 was a year of both highs and lows for information security, asserts Guy Bunker. The enforcement of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took full effect in May which brought the importance of protecting sensitive customer data to the forefront of people’s minds...
Posted On 11 Feb 2019