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TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

Blighty's Information Commissioner’s Office has whacked TalkTalk with a £100,000 fine after the data of the records of 21,000 people were exposed to fraudsters in an Indian call centre. The breach came to light in September 2014 when TalkTalk started getting complaints from customers that they were receiving scam calls. …
Kat Hall, 10 Aug 2017
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Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill

The UK's new legislation on data protection is to get its first airing in Parliament next month, the government has said. The Data Protection Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech at the end of June, will replace existing data protection legislation on both corporate data and data processing by law enforcement agencies. The …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Aug 2017
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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

Bradford-based loans company Provident Personal Credit has been fined £80,000 for squeezing out almost a million nuisance texts. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office launched an investigation after a series of complaints were made via the GSMA’s spam reporting service. It found that PPC had contracted third-party …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2017

Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is a "grave threat" to the democratic process, members of the UK's House of Lords have claimed. In a letter to The Observer newspaper, six peers have said that Fox – which currently owns 39 per cent of Sky – could gain too much access to one of the " …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2017
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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the UK's Data Protection Act when it provided 1.6 million patient details to Google's DeepMind, the Information Commissioner's Office said today. The trust provided the personal data as part of a trial to test an alert, diagnosis and detection system for acute kidney …
Kat Hall, 3 Jul 2017

Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

A small UK company that suffered a cyber attack has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). An investigation by the ICO found Berkshire-based Boomerang Video failed to take basic steps to stop its website being attacked, a hacking incident that led to the exposure of the personal details of 26,000 …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017
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ICO fines 'Wolf of Wall Street' electrical survey biz for nuisance calls

Electrical survey provider MyHome Installations Ltd, which entered the hall of shame on the Beeb's Rogue Traders for pressure selling to pensioners, is facing a £50,000 fine for nuisance calls. The UK Information Commissioner's Office probed 169 complaints from members of the public whose phone numbers were listed on the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2017
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ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

Supermarket chain Morrisons has been fined £10,500 by the UK's data protection watchdog for sending marketing emails to people who had unsubscribed from marketing bumf. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said the company had broken the law when it deliberately sent more than 200,000 emails to people who had previously …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Jun 2017

ICO seizes phones and computers in nuisance call scam raids

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has seized computers and phones in its probe into nuisance callers suspected of stealing people's details from car repair centres throughout the UK. The items will now be subject to forensic examination and investigation. Investigators are looking at how the data was stolen, who …
Kat Hall, 9 Jun 2017

UK trigger-happy over fines for data breaches compared with Europe

The UK is among the most fined nations in Europe for data protection breaches, doubling the amount of penalties to £3.2m (€3.6m) during 2016. According to an analysis by mega consultancy firm PwC, breaches of UK data protection laws last year were followed by 35 fines. It found that the UK Information Commissioner's Office ( …
Kat Hall, 1 Jun 2017

Healthcare tops UK data breach chart – but it's not what you're thinking

The UK health sector accounts for nearly half (43 per cent) of all data breaches, according to new research. A study of figures from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) by data security firm Egress found that human error, rather than external threats, was the main cause of breaches across every sector of the UK economy …
John Leyden, 1 Jun 2017

UK council fined £150k for publishing traveller family's personal data

An Essex council has been fined £150,000 for publishing highly sensitive personal data, including medical information, of a traveller family via online planning documents. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) slapped Basildon Borough Council for publishing the information in planning application documents, which it made …
Kat Hall, 31 May 2017

Info commish: One year to go and businesses still not ready for GDPR

Companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force a year today, and some small businesses "might not even know" a new regime is looming, the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has warned. Speaking at an event by WSJ Pro Cybersecurity titled How Executives Can Manage the …
Kat Hall, 25 May 2017
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ICO probes use of data analytics by politicos following Brexit vote

The UK's Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has opened a formal investigation into the use of big data analysis during the Brexit referendum. Denham has also written to all political parties warning them to follow data protection and processing rules as they apply to campaigning in the run-up to the General Election …
John Oates, 18 May 2017

ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Fareham telco Onecom Limited £100,000 for sending spam texts. The unwanted messages for mobile phone upgrades were sent between late 2015 and June 2016. The ICO received 1,050 complaints about the spam campaign. Although 944 of the messages did not identify the company, the ICO …
John Oates, 17 May 2017
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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

A UK firm found responsible for orchestrating 99.5 million nuisance calls has been fined a record £400,000 (US$517,550) by the Information Commissioner’s Office. Keurboom Communications – which has been placed in liquidation in a move that means it’s unlikely that the fine will be paid – was issued with the ICO’s highest-ever …
John Leyden, 11 May 2017
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Greater Manchester cops fined after victim interview vids lost in post

Greater Manchester Police has been fined £150,000 after three DVDs containing footage of interviews with victims of violent or sexual crimes were lost in the post. Cops sent the unencrypted (our emphasis) DVDs to the Serious Crime Analysis Section of the National Crime Agency by recorded delivery but they never arrived. The …
John Leyden, 4 May 2017
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Last year's ICO fines would be 79 times higher under GDPR

Fines from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) against Brit companies last year would have been £69m rather than £880,500 if the pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had been applied, according to analysis by NCC Group. The 2015 penalties would also have risen drastically from £1m to £35m under the same …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2017

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