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Data Subject Rights Under the GDPR

The Law Gazette From time to time I get asked to review books for The Law Gazette, the publication of record to solicitors in England and Wales. A book I have recently read and reviewed is ‘Data Subject Rights Under

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ICO collects £39.7 million in fines for data breach violations

Limited cases In 2020 the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) collected approximately £39.7 million in fines. These fines were due to companies breaching the General Data Protection Regulations and not complying with their data protection obligations but these fines were

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DVLA Data Breaches

Numerous breaches Over the past year, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (the DVLA), the public body that holds the records for all the drivers and vehicles in the UK, committed nearly 200 data breaches that were deemed so severe

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Cyber Security and the GDPR

On the rise In the last 12 months, 46% of businesses reported a cyber-attack, and 32% of those attacked happened more than once every week. Unfortunately, cyber criminals continue to attempt to obtain access to IT systems for financial gain.

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CPS Data Breach

Surprising stats The Crown Prosecution Service deals with and handles some of the most sensitive and important data that any organisation, whether public or private, would be expected to hold. With this in mind, it is deeply troubling to find

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Working from Home – Is your personal information still secure?

Home working: An overview The recent Covid-19 pandemic lead to a rapid almost overnight change in working habits, the majority of office workers and most other industries switched from working in an office to working from home. Working from home

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Data Breaches by Schools and Academies

Prime targets Schools and Academies are unfortunately regularly responsible for the breach of personal information. By their very nature Schools and Academies hold a lot of personal information relating to their students, parents of their students, teachers and other staff

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Cyber Security is an increasing concern

Alarming stats A recent report from security firm Carbon Black has shown around 88% of UK businesses have fallen victim to a cyber-security incident in the past year.  In their recent report the insurer Hiscox has stated that a small

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Home Office data breaches

Increased cases The Home Office’s annual report shows that in 2019/2020 they recorded more than twice as many data breaches than in the previous year. Over the 12 month period, there were 4,229 data breaches recorded, compared to 1,930 the

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GDPR: Two years on

Workload and resourcing Since the introduction of GDPR in May 2018, it seems people have become more aware of their data protection rights, as is evident from the fact that 70% of data protection officers, who work across central government

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