It has been reported that since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, £100m of data protection fines have been imposed on companies and organisations across Europe. The Picture In The UK The research, conducted by law firm DLA Piper, shows that the total fines imposed in the UK…

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The results of a survey by Talend show that 58% of businesses worldwide fail to address requests from individuals for a copy of their personal data within the one-month time limit as required by GDPR. Bad, But Better Than Last Year The survey, which involved 103 GDPR-relevant companies across the globe (84% of which were…

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Facebook has announced that it is releasing a data portability tool that will enable Facebook users to transfer their Facebook photos and videos directly to other services, starting with Google Photos. Why? Facebook acknowledged in its white paper (published back in September) that under GDPR currently, and under the California Consumer Privacy Act rules next…

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We’re all familiar with the value of making a backup of business data, but how does this fit with ‘Disaster Recovery’ and ‘Business Continuity’ strategies?  This article takes a brief look at how these elements fit together to ensure that businesses can survive, function and get back up to speed when disastrous events (external or…

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Ring Doorbell Tech Leaves Door Open To WiFi Password Hack Security analysts at Bitdefender have announced a major vulnerability with the Amazon-owned Ring doorbell technology platform. The flaw exposes the Ring doorbell by making the Wi-Fi password publicly available during setup. According to Tech Crunch: “Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in…

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The latest news from the sector sees Marriot Hotels fall victim for the second largest cyber attack in history, GDPR hits the news again as SMEs continue to fail to understand the scale of their data privacy responsibilities, 25% of NHS trusts fail to invest in cyber security, and more… SME organisations ‘clueless’ about GDPR…

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The latest news from the sector sees Cathay Pacific hack affect 10 million customers, Facebook gets slammed with a £500,000 fine from the ICO, IT Governance provides a useful check-list for SMEs looking to protect themselves against data breach regulatory headaches and more… Cathay Pacific Hack Affects 10 Million Passengers Worldwide The personal identifiable information…

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In a move that Facebook says was due to happen before the recent personal data harvesting scandal, the social media giant has updated its privacy tools to make users more informed and in control. 50 Million Profiles Harvested The high-profile outcry that followed revelations over data from 50 million profiles that were harvested for use…

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The latest McAfee Labs threat report shows that in the last quarter of 2017, organisations faced 8 new cyber threats a second as there was an 18% increase in the number of reported security incidents across Europe. 478 New Cyber Threats Every Minute The report makes worrying reading as businesses and organisations try to secure…

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In a new trial involving a small number of users in the UK, Facebook has said that it will be testing the targeting of adverts based on users’ specific political and religious beliefs. Why? According to Facebook, the trial will help the social media platform to process and manage its customer data, so that it…

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