New UK statutory code to protect children’s data comes into force

Organisations providing online services and products for children are now subject to a new statutory code, the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced today. The Age Appropriate Design Code, or Children’s Code, will particularly apply to organisations designing, developing or providing apps, social media platforms, online games, streaming services, connected toys […]

Time to review your GDPR legitimate interest assessment processes?

Businesses need to devote some time to keeping on top of overall compliance, particularly when it comes to lawful bases for processing. Guidance issued on lawful bases has sought to narrow the use of them in certain circumstances, for example the use of contractual obligation. This leaves many organisations limited realistic choices when deciding which […]

Remote working ‘highlights data vulnerability amid shortage of cybersecurity talent’

Companies need to invest in IT security for remote working or risk data breaches and “PR disasters” according to a report by recruitment company Robert Walters and Vacancysoft. The report, Cybersecurity: Building Business Resilience, warned that businesses have been “able to get away with weak security” during the pandemic but this needs to change. It […]

Privacy-By-Design: The Fundamentals of Data Protection

In May 2016, the protection of personal data became a fundamental right in the European Union. In safeguarding this right, the European Commission assesses and determines whether countries meet data protection standards. Privacy Shield was, in a sense, the aegis and seal of approval for companies in the United States to operate on European citizen […]

Hackers linked to North Korea used fake Linked In posts in ongoing global plan to access data and steal cryptocurrency

Hackers linked to North Korea used a malicious post disguised as a fake LinkedIn job advert as part of an ongoing global plan to access data and steal cryptocurrency, new research by a cyber-security company has revealed. F-Secure found that the Lazarus Group, which was behind the 2014 cyber attacks on Sony, carried out an attack against a […]

TikTok fights US ban in federal court challenge

Tiktok has gone to court to challenge Donald Trump’s executive order banning US transactions with its owner. The US administration announced the order earlier this month amid White House allegations that the company is a threat to national security. US security officials have reportedly expressed concern that the app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, could […]

Four in 10 consumers do not trust third-party organisations to keep their data safe, research finds

A survey has found 40% of consumers across the world do not trust third party organisations to protect their data. OpenText, an information management software provider, commissioned the research, surveying 12,000 people from seven different countries. The report found that 73% of consumers are either very aware or at least somewhat aware of the laws […]

Uber former security chief charged in connection with attempted data breach cover-up

The US Department of Justice has charged Joseph Sullivan, former chief security officer at Uber, with obstruction of justice following a data breach. Mr Sullivan allegedly tried to cover up a 2016 hack that compromised data of millions of users and drivers, federal court papers filed last week in San Francisco said. Hackers exposed details […]