North London council fined after parking ticket system flaw leaves personal information at risk

Islington Council failed to keep up to 89,000 people’s information secure on its parking ticket system website. That was the conclusion of an Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigation which has resulted in a £70,000 fine for the London borough. Islington Council’s Ticket Viewer system allows people to see a CCTV image or video of their alleged […]

ICO warns NHS employees that unlawfully accessing patient records is an offence

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded NHS staff about the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a valid reason.                    The warning came after a former health care assistant was ordered to pay a total of £1,715 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to offences of unlawfully obtaining and […]

Personal data belonging to up to 21,000 TalkTalk customers could have been used for scams and fraud

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC £100,000 after it failed to look after its customers’ data and risked it falling into the hands of scammers and fraudsters. TalkTalk breached the Data Protection Act because its lack of adequate security measures left the data open to exploitation by rogue employees. The breach […]

Government warns business to protect themselves from cyber-attacks or they will may be fined £17m

A crackdown on firm cyber-attacks is aimed at ensuring the safeguarding of essential services such as water, energy, transport and health firms. When the GDPR comes into force in May 2018, businesses will be required to show they have a strategy in place to prevent to power failures and environmental disasters. Matt Hancock, Minister of […]

GDPR Summit London: what threat does cyber crime pose to data security?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest shake-up in data protection laws in a generation and will affect organisations worldwide. Some industries are more used to following regulatory compliance than others – but GDPR will affect everyone. Cyber-crime is continuing to increase at an exponential rate, meaning more businesses are likely to […]