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Firms must “prepare for all scenarios” to maintain data flows when UK leaves EU

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has urged businesses to “prepare for all scenarios” as it publishes dedicated guidance notes to help organisations prepare for the possibility that the UK leaves the European Union with ‘no deal’. The guidance provides the same...
Posted On 11 Sep 2019
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Liberty fights for “intrusive” facial recognition systems ban following court ruling

Campaigning organisation Liberty is battling for an outright ban on “intrusive and discriminatory” facial recognition technology after the High Court found its use by South Wales Police is currently lawful. Cardiff resident Ed Bridges, represented by Liberty, challenged South...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019
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ICO details change to response timescales for data subject access requests

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued updated guidance on the timescales for responding to a data subject access request (DSAR) following a recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The general rule is that DSARs must be complied with without...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019
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Liberty and Privacy International bid to uncover phone spying technology

Human rights organisations Liberty and Privacy International have been in court fighting to force the police service to reveal whether or not it’s using IMSI catchers. IMSI catchers are surveillance tools which mimic mobile phone towers, tricking phones into connecting with...
Posted On 03 Sep 2019
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High-profile GDPR fines “having greatest impact” on UK cyber security spend

Research conducted by data security company Clearswift has highlighted that the recent large General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-centric fines levied against enterprise giants British Airways (BA) and Marriott International have had something of a ripple effect on...
Posted On 28 Aug 2019
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Egress Survey: “Human error remains primary cause of personal data breaches”

Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request and subsequently released by Egress, the provider of people-centric data security solutions, highlight rather concerning statistics on human error remaining the main cause of personal data breaches. The figures show that, of...
Posted On 26 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
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“Cyber insurance pay-out rates at 99%, but uptake still far too low” warns ABI

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has, for the first time, revealed that 99% of claims made (207) on ABI member cyber insurance policies in 2018 were paid*. This is one of the highest claims acceptance rates across all insurance products. Despite this, the take-up rate of...
Posted On 08 Aug 2019
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Information Commissioner’s Office selects first ten participants for data protection Sandbox

The use of biometrics to speed up airport passenger journeys, innovations in crime prevention and technological advances in the health sector are among the first projects selected to take part in the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Sandbox. Other products...
Posted On 30 Jul 2019
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Cyber attack on Lancaster University results in National Crime Agency investigation

Lancaster University has been subject to a sophisticated and malicious phishing attack which has resulted in breaches of student and applicant data. The matter has been reported to law enforcement agencies and staff at the renowned seat of learning are now working closely with...
Posted On 24 Jul 2019