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Medical Centre Fined for Abandoning Sensitive Information

Bayswater Medical Centre (BMC) in London has been fined £35,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it left highly sensitive medical information in an empty building. The personal data, which included medical records, prescriptions and patient-identifiable medicine, was left unsecured in the building for more than 18 months. In July 2015, BMC moved out of a […]

Former Recruitment Consultant Prosecuted For Stealing Personal Data

A former recruitment consultant has been fined for unlawfully taking personal data from his employer when he left his job to set up his own rival business. Daniel Short left the recruitment company he was working for, VetPro Recruitment, in October 2017 and a short time later set up his own similar company called VetSelect. […]

The University of Greenwich Fined £120,000

The University of Greenwich has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner following a “serious” security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people – among them students and staff. It is the first university to have been fined by the Commissioner under the existing data protection legislation (Data Protection Act 1998). The investigation centred on […]

CPS Fined £325,000 After Losing Victim Interview Videos

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been fined £325,000 by the ICO after they lost unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews. The DVDs contained recordings of interviews with 15 victims of child sex abuse, to be used at the trial. This is the second penalty imposed on the CPS following the loss of sensitive video recordings. […]

PGP: ‘Serious’ Flaw Found in Secure Email Tech

A widely used method of encrypting emails has been found to suffer from a serious vulnerability, researchers say. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is a data encryption method sometimes added to programs that send and receive email. Details about the vulnerability were released by the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper prior to a scheduled embargo. Previously, the Electronic Frontier Foundation […]

Record $120m Fine for Nuisance Robocalls

A man has been fined a record-breaking $120m (£88m) for making more than 90 million automated marketing telephone calls in the US. Miami salesman Adrian Abramovich was accused of trying to sell holidays and timeshare properties with the unsolicited robocalls. The fine is the largest the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ever issued. Mr Abramovich […]

IBM Workers Banned From Using USB Sticks

Staff at IBM have been banned from using removable memory devices such as USB sticks, SD cards and flash drives. The possibility of “financial and reputational” damage if staff lost or misused the devices prompted the decision, reported The Register. Instead, IBM staff who need to move data around will be encouraged to do so via […]

Durham Sixth Form Centre Paid Ransom After Cyber-attack

A school paid out £1,500 in ransom money after it fell victim to a cyber-attack, the BBC has learned. Durham Sixth Form Centre was hit in the run-up to exams in April 2017 when a computer virus encrypted college files which contained students’ work. The County Durham school confirmed it had made the payment and […]

Australian Bank Lost Data of 20m Accounts

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank has admitted losing the bank records of almost 20 million people. Names, addresses, account numbers and statements were stored on two magnetic tapes which were meant to be destroyed by a subcontractor in 2016. But despite not receiving evidence the tapes had actually been destroyed, the bank did not tell customers there […]

Twitter Tells Users to Change Their Passwords

Twitter has warned its 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal network. The social network said an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. However, it still urged all users to consider changing their passwords “out of an […]