ICO fines Mermaids for data breach

The Information Commissioners Office has fined transgender charity Mermaids £25,000 for failing to keep the personal data of its users secure. The ICO found that Mermaids (a charity which offers support to children/young adults and their families in relation to gender non-conformity) breached users’ data by failing to implement appropriate security and technical measures to [...]

By |2021-10-13T17:49:16+01:00October 13th, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on ICO fines Mermaids for data breach

Oxford Council data breach

Oxford City Council have apologized to local residents following a data breach that occurred at the end of July 2021. Up to 80 residents received letters from the Council containing rent statements intended for others. One resident said: “I received a letter that was addressed to my address but not with my name. I mistakenly [...]

By |2021-10-01T16:45:04+01:00October 1st, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Oxford Council data breach

Data breaches by schools and universities

Data breaches by schools and universities have been on the rise in the previous 12 months, demonstrating a continuing failure by the educational sector to come to terms with the data protection obligations imposed by the May 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (now the UK GDPR). Universities are prime targets. In May of 2020, cyber [...]

By |2021-04-26T19:55:23+01:00April 26th, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Data breaches by schools and universities

ICO report shows that health care sector is top of the league for data breaches– again!

The ICO has recently published figures for the health care sector data breaches in the period 1/7/20 to 30/9/20 which show that, once again, the health sector is top of the league when it comes to data breach. During that period 442 heath sector data breaches came to the attention of the ICO. This suggests [...]

By |2021-03-05T15:25:42+00:00March 5th, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on ICO report shows that health care sector is top of the league for data breaches– again!

Crime records deleted in error by the police

Crime records including arrest history, DNA and fingerprints have been deleted in error from the Police National Computer (PNC). Deputy Chief Constable Naveed Malik states that: “Approximately 213,000 offence records, 175,000 arrest records and 15,000 person records have potentially been deleted [from the PNC] in error. In terms of understanding the potential linkage between records, [...]

By |2021-01-28T11:05:53+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Crime records deleted in error by the police

Council data breaches

Council data breaches East Devon District Council East Devon District Council has suffered a significant data breach. As a result of the data breach 37 of the councillors have had their passwords published online. The Council’s IT provider, Strata, in error, added the email passwords to the online profiles of the individual councillors. Jess Bailey, [...]

By |2021-01-28T11:06:18+00:00December 18th, 2020|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Council data breaches