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Ransomware Infects Ukraine Government Site

Hackers have used ransomware to take the website of Ukraine's energy ministry offline and encrypt its files. The website currently contains a message written in English, demanding a ransom of 0.1 bitcoin - worth $927.86 (£664.98) by today's…
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Former Hospital Worker Prosecuted for Inappropriately Accessing Patient Records

A former employee of a Milton Keynes hospital trust has been prosecuted for accessing patient records without authorisation. Michelle Harrison, of Milton Keynes, inappropriately accessed the records of 12 patients outside of her role as…
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West Yorkshire Firms Fined for Calls to TPS Subscribers

Two firms in West Yorkshire have been fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for calling people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). Bradford-based Energy Saving Centre Ltd, which offers services such as…
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Police Force Fined £130,000 For Losing Rape Victim Interview

Humberside Police has been fined £130,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after disks containing a video interview of an alleged rape victim went missing. The three unencrypted disks and accompanying paperwork were left…
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Former Housing Worker Convicted by Jury of Data Protection Offences

A former housing worker who shared a confidential report identifying a potential vulnerable victim has been convicted of data protection offences by a jury. A trial at St Albans Crown Court was told that in August 2015, London Borough of…
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Scottish Company Raided Over 200 Million Nuisance Calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has searched a business premises near Glasgow, as part of an investigation into a company suspected of making over 200 million illegal nuisance calls. Some of the calls potentially put people’s…
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ICO Raids Investigating 11 Million Nuisance Text Messages

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has searched two addresses in Greater Manchester as part of an investigation into companies suspected of sending millions of unsolicited text messages. ICO enforcement officers executed search…
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Equifax Finds More Victims of 2017 Breach

The massive data breach suffered by credit-rating company Equifax hit more people than previously thought, the company has reported. In September last year Equifax said it had discovered that 145 million US customers may have had their information…
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Former Council Worker Fined for Sharing Personal Information via Snapchat

A former local authority education worker who illegally shared personal information about schoolchildren and their parents has been prosecuted. Samira Bouzkraoui, 24, took a screenshot of a council spreadsheet concerning children and their…
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New Model Announced for Funding the Data Protection Work of the ICO

The Government has announced a new charging structure for data controllers to ensure the continued funding of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The new structure was laid before Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 20 February) as a…