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BT Fined £77,000 by the ICO for 5 Million Spam Emails

British Telecommunications plc (BT) has been fined £77,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office after it sent nearly five million nuisance emails to customers. The investigation found that the company did not have customers’ consent…
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Gloucestershire Police Fined £80,000

Gloucestershire Police has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after sending a bulk email that identified victims of non-recent child abuse. The force was at the time investigating allegations of abuse relating…
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Bible Society Fined £100,000 After Security Failings

The British and Foreign Bible Society, based in Swindon, has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office, after their computer network was compromised as the result of a cyber-attack in 2016. Between November and December…
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Yahoo! Fined £250,000 After Systemic Failures

Yahoo! UK Services Limited has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a cyber-attack in November 2014. The incident was publicly disclosed in September 2016, almost two years after it had taken place. Because…
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Spanish Football League Defends Phone 'Spying'

Spanish football league La Liga has defended the privacy policy of its app after admitting it was accessing the microphone and GPS of Android users. It said it had been trying to track down venues illegally broadcasting matches, by matching…
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Dixons Carphone Admits Huge Data Breach

Dixons Carphone has admitted a huge data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records. It is investigating the hacking attempt, which began in July last year. Dixons Carphone said it had no evidence that…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…