Data breach incidents saw hackers steel up to half a billion personal records last year

The 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report has found that hackers got hold of around 447 million data subject records last year – an increase of 126% on 2017’s figure of approximately 198 items of personal data being stolen. The report, conducted by the Identity Theft Resource Center, described data breaches as a “normal, everyday occurrence.” […]

ICO to audit data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance after fining both companies for unlawful marketing messages

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £120,000 to an EU referendum campaign and an insurance company for serious breaches of electronic marketing laws and is set to review how both are complying with data protection laws. The ICO announced an audit and issued a preliminary enforcement notice as well as three notices […]

Google under complaint pressure for gathering “highly intimate” data for advertising labelling

A GDPR complaint has been made regarding Google’s labelling practices in health data, reports reveal. A real-time bidding complaint issued by a rival search engine under the EU’s General Data Protection Reguation (GDPR), has sought to blow the lid on the “highly intimate” nature of information obtained by Google’s adtech infrastructure. Systems operate by attaching […]