British regulators join forces to ensure good online services

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), communications’ regulator Ofcom and the anti- trust watchdog, Competition and Markets Authority, have established a forum to make sure online services work well for consumers and businesses in the UK. “With the unique challenges posed by digital markets and services, and an evolving landscape as the EU transition arrangements end […]

Woolworths pays $1m for spamming

Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has paid a A$1,003,800 (US$700,000) penalty and agreed to court-enforceable undertakings with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The communications’ regulator found the Woolworths Group had committed more than 5m breaches of the Spam Act (2003) by sending marketing emails to consumers after they had unsubscribed. The emails were sent […]

Danish DPA refers municipality to police for GDPR violation

Denmark’s data protection authority Datatilsynet is reporting the municipality of Lejre to the police for failing to provide an appropriate level of computer security. After the council reported a breach of personal data, Datatilsynet says it became aware the municipality’s children and young people department included information of a particularly sensitive and protective nature of […]

EC launches public consultation on cybersecurity

The European Commission (EC) is seeking the views of interested parties on its 2016 directive which called for a high level of security for network and information systems across the trading bloc. The review will include assessing whether cybersecurity has improved across the EU, identifying existing and emerging issues, and quantifying regulatory costs and benefits. […]

Okta calls for transparency in today’s data world

Technology security company Okta says organisations must embrace transparency and help customers understand how their data is being used. “Consumers deserve to have control over their data, but at the same time, data is often essential to building new technologies and serving the common good.” The San Francisco-headquartered company, which enables organisations to protect the […]

NTT reveals more clients may be impacted by data breaches

Japanese information and communications technology company NTT says it is possible a further 271 customers have been affected by information leaks. Along with announcing a month ago hackers may have stolen data from 621 clients, the group began an internal investigation into unauthorised access to the construction information management server in Japan. The company uses […]

German health insurer fined for data breach

The commissioner for data protection and freedom of information in Baden-Wuerttemberg, southwestern Germany, has levied a €1.24m ($1.40m) fine on a local health insurer. The case arose from the way AOK Baden-Wuerttemberg handled data from participants in sweepstakes organised between 2015 and 2019. The information collected was used for advertising purposes, provided participants had given […]