GDPR:Report Weekly Roundup

Every week, GDPR:Report presents the top 5 headlines from the week’s news and upcoming events in the data protection industry. This week, Huawei security concerns leaked, and Washington reduces the data breach notification period.


A recent study has found that 70% of hotel websites leak personal data of their customers. Researchers at Symantec found that booking codes and emails were clearly visible to third parties suggesting that hackers would only need access to these in order to find a breadth of personal data. To read more about the report, click here.

UK government has decided that Chinese tech giant Huawei can supply equipment for the development of Britain’s 5G networks, despite warnings of security concerns. Huawei has rejected the suggestions of security issues however the UK Government is concerned about how the information had been leaked within just 24 hours, raising further concerns of national security. To read both stories, click here and here.

Looking at the latest news about data breaches, announced that hackers gained access to their IT infrastructure, but they are yet to find out if the hackers gained access to their customers’ data but have warned customers as a precaution whilst the investigation takes place – an action for which they have been praised. To read to the full story, click here.

Washington State has also voted in favour of new data breach legislation this week. The new legislation expands on what information is considered at risk in the event of a breach and cuts the notice period in half – now allowing just 30 days to declare a breach which involves data relating to names, dates of birth, health insurance ID numbers, student ID, passport details, biometric information and electronic signatures along with the previous information such as social security number, state identification or financial data. To read more about the legislation, click here.

Facebook has appeared in the news again this week as they anticipate a costly data privacy investigation. The social media giant has set aside $3 billion to cover the cost of the inquiry but it is expected to rise to at least $5 billion – just a small percentage of their total sales for the first quarter of 2019 alone.  To read more about the Facebook data privacy probe, click here.


Quote of the week:

“We shouldn’t ask our customers to make a trade-off between privacy and security. We need to offer them the best of both. Ultimately, protecting someone else’s data protects all of us.”

– Tim Cook, CEO, Apple.


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