An investigation led by the ICO found that an attacker installed malware on 5,390 tills at Currys, PC World and Dixons Travel stores between July 2017 and April 2018, collecting personal data during the nine-month period before the attack was detected. This hacking campaign was active between July 2017 and April 2018 and resulted in malware being installed on 5,390 Point-of-Sale (POS) systems at Currys PC World and Dixons Travel Stores, owned by DSG Retail…continue reading
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being in force for over a year now, having brought confusion and fuss to businesses which the threat of fines running into the millions. Businesses rushed to make sure they were compliant with GDPR and have the correct policies and notices in place in order to avoid these hefty fines. The question that has constantly come up is whether it is important to be compliant GDPR and have…continue reading
It has been a little over a year since the General Data Protection Regulations came into force, imposing extensive privacy and data protection requirements and raising penalties for non-compliance to a maximum of 4% of annual worldwide turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater. It has been quiet for a while since the introduction of new law, until in the beginning of July 2019 the ICO announced the plans to impose 2 record-breaking fines in…continue reading
Was GDPR really such a big deal? People started talking about the notorious GDPR in earnest in 2016. It was the veritable Eye of Sauron. It was definitely coming. And it was probably going to get you. Maybe your children too. There was a lot of talk about consent. If you overheard someone’s name or another piece of information that might identify them, it was best to get their explicit consent in writing. Ideally, in…continue reading
The perils of posting on social media Who doesn’t love social media? We all tweet, post, share, and upload like there is no tomorrow. It allows us to directly reach large audiences and interact with others in real-time. Social media is also fast becoming an important tool for businesses who use it to educate, inform and communicate with the public. But there are things to think about before going on a posting frenzy: 1. Copyright…continue reading
In short – sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t. The key issues at play are: i) does a photograph amount to “personal data”?; and ii) did the individual being photographed reasonably expect privacy at the time of the photograph being taken? Let’s look at each in turn: i) Most of the time, photographs will be “personal data” provided that an individual can be identified from that image. In fact, any information which can be used…continue reading
We see the question asked time and time again: “what information is considered to be personal data?”. And rightfully so. Having a clear understanding of information which is (and is not) “personal data” could be the difference between you being able to exploit that information to bring value to your business, and it not being exploited at all. We’re sure you’ve heard by now: all “personal data” must be processed in accordance with the General…continue reading
The GDPR Fine-O-Meter has rocketed with news that the French authorities have fined Google 50 Million Euros for data breaches under the GDPR. Introduced in May 2018, the regulations which apply EU wide give individuals more control over their data than previously, with businesses needing to seek consent for specific uses. As well as imposing stricter rules for handling data the regulations allow the regulatory authority in any member state to impose seriously painful fines…continue reading
Well here we are, we made it to 2019 and looking forward to perhaps one of the most challenging years we have had for a while as we set sail through the choppy waters of an unfolding Brexit. We are ready and waiting and will be bringing you the news and views from the world of intellectual property and business as they happen. The government has wasted no time in providing us with things to talk…continue reading
It’s almost 5 months to the day that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in the UK. The months leading up to 25 March 2018 led to a whirlwind of activity in our office as businesses raced to put the necessary in place to be compliant by the deadline. The potential fines of up to £20 million or 4% of turnover (whichever is greater) for failing to comply were clearly sufficiently punitive…continue reading
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