Monmouthshire council decides not to tell ICO about a data breach involving a child

Monmouthshire county council (MCC) in east Wales has been accused by a businesswoman of falling short in its duty to protect personal and private data. The criticisms come after the council received an email containing sensitive information belonging to a child. The alleged data breach occurred when Lisa-Marie Harris, applied for performance licences for children […]

MPs call for halt to police’s use of live facial recognition

Authorities in the UK have called for a suspension of the use of AI-powered facial recognition camera use, MPs have said. According to reports, the House of Commons Science and Technology committee has said that police should not be using the technology until it has been properly tested and regulated, with inherent software bias cited […]

Independent Age data breach merits no regulator action

Confidential data of employees at older people’s charity, Independent Age, have been accidentally exposed to a former worker. The blunder occurred as the company responded to the ex-staff member’s submission of a DSAR (data subject access request). Independent Age says that the security breach compromised personal data, including bank information, sort codes, account numbers, pension contributions, […]

AMCA data breach has another victim

Last month, news broke about the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) filing for bankruptcy following a data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of patients. Now another organisation has said it too is involved; according to TechCrunch, Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) may have 2.2 million of its patients caught up in the incident. The […]

FaceApp privacy should be investigated by FBI, US Senator says

A politician in the US has asked FBI to look into the data privacy credentials of FaceApp, a popular new smartphone programme that alters users’ selfies to make them look younger or older. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has flagged up the trend, which has seen millions of madcap consumers share wizened versions of their […]

Ex motor industry worker to pay £25.5K from data theft proceeds

A motor industry employee who was sentenced to six months in prison in November 2018 for accessing personal data without permission, has been ordered to pay a £25,500 confiscation order in a case brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Following a hearing at Wood Green Crown Court, London on 15 July, the judge determined […]

Amazon prepared to give $10 to in exchange for users’ data

Amazon is offering $10 to US-based shoppers using Prime Day – the two-day marketing scheme which began at the start of the week. Participants in the deal agree to install Amazon Assistant, a price-comparison function that hooks onto to web browsers, enabling Amazon to track the websites that the customers visit, as well as elements […]

Amazon in Vestager antitrust probe

Online retail giant, Amazon is in the midst of an antitrust investigation spearheaded by the woman who took Apple and Google to court for billions. Reports reveal that EU competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager is about to initiate a major investigation into Amazon over the course of the next week. In 2018, Vestager described how her […]

IoT entrepreneur underlines critical nature of device security 

A tech chief has spoken out about the need for adequate data protection measures within IoT (Internet of Things) products, citing security as critical to winning consumer confidence.  Jamie Siminoff, the founder and principal inventor behind the smart doorbell manufacturer, Ring, feels that the company’s devices’ success hinges on privacy safeguards and the ability to […]