100 days of GDPR

What impact has the new data protection directive had on businesses so far? This past weekend marks 100 days since General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, affecting businesses globally. Everyone who expected immediate headline-grabbing penalties must be disappointed. Although the EU Commision received complaints on companies such as Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within  hours of … More 100 days of GDPR

Superdrug targeted by miscreants who claim to have stolen customer data

The retailer says that whatever data the crooks have obtained, they weren’t stolen through a breach of its systems. Superdrug is urging its online customers to change their passwords after being contacted by cybercriminals who claim to have secured a range of personal details belonging to 20,000 customers of this British health and beauty retailer, Huffington … More Superdrug targeted by miscreants who claim to have stolen customer data

Some 2.6 billion data records exposed in first half of 2018

The newly-released report provides an overview of the data breach landscape in the first half of this year. The first half of 2018 saw 2,308 publicly disclosed data breaches that resulted in the exposure of approximately 2.6 billion user records, a report from cyberthreat intelligence company Risk Based Security has shown. This represents a drop from … More Some 2.6 billion data records exposed in first half of 2018

Facebook fined over data privacy scandal

Social media giant fined in the UK for failing to protect users’ personal information and for a lack of transparency. Facebook is facing its first possible financial penalty for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal that saw the personal data of millions of users harvested without their knowledge. The social media giant was hit with a … More Facebook fined over data privacy scandal

GDPR: One rule to rule them all – legally

It’s here! But what are the legal ramifications of the incoming legislation for businesses? There is a certain similarity between J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming to force today, May 25 2018. As weird as it may sound, the regulation puts in place standards identical to those of … More GDPR: One rule to rule them all – legally

£120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

The University of Greenwich has received a fine of £120,000 because of the substantial damage and substantial distress caused by a security breach that exposed the personal information of 20,000 people. It’s called “Shadow IT”, and it’s a problem that has now cost a British university £120,000 (over US $160,000) following a serious security breach. … More £120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach