UK’s ICO Doubled Number of Data Breach Fines in 2016

UK firms were among the hardest hit in Europe when it came to breach-related regulatory fines last year, as the ICO stepped its enforcement work up considerably, according to new PwC research. Read about the new research by PwC which reveals that breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) in United Kingdom resulted in 35 […]

Recent Home Depot Settlement a Reminder of Data Breach Ramifications and Importance of Risk Mitigation Policies and Procedures

Read Aaron D. Charfoos and Michael F. Derksen explain how the Home Depot’s $25 million data breach settlement is a reminder of how much a data breach can cost to any business on Lexology : When a retailer is hit by a major data breach—such as the one that befell Home Depot in 2014 and […]

Adobe fined $1 million over personal data leaked in 2013 data breach

A data breach that occurred in 2013 has resulted in Adobe Systems being fined $1 million by 15 US states for failing to put the necessary security measures in place to prevent the attack. Almost half a million of the company’s customers were affected in the breach when servers containing their personal data were accessed after […]

Adobe fined $1 million for 2013 data breach

The financial repercussions of a data breach have been highlighted by the $1 million fine handed out to Adobe Systems for a 2013 security incident. Roy Cooper, attorney general of North Carolina, said that businesses and government “must do more” to protect sensitive data from getting into the hands of cybercriminals. Read the news about the […]

UK ICO recommends company directors have personal liability for data breaches

The UK’s Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, recently recommended at a Parliamentary meeting to discuss the draft Digital Economy Bill, that the government should hold company directors with personal liability and accountability for data breaches. Read about the UK’s Information Commissioners Office recommendation that company directors should have personal liability for data breaches on SC Magazine.

Compared to data breach costs, an ICO fine is simply a drop in the ocean

For companies today, the potential for a data breach has never been higher. With the increasing sophistication of cyber threats, the growing use of the cloud and the ignorance of some when handling sensitive data, the frequency of data breaches is only going to escalate. Indeed, during Home Secretary Theresa May’s speech to announce the […]

Manchester festival marketers fined £70,000 over spam ‘mum’ texts

Organisers of a Manchester music festival have been fined £70,000 after sending unsolicited marketing text messages. The digital junk was sent to 70,000 people who had bought tickets for the 2014 edition of Manchester’s annual festival, the Parklife Weekender, and appeared on the recipients cellphones to have been sent by “Mum”. Many of the 76 […]

Beth Israel to pay $100,000 fine over data breach

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and improve the security of patient information after a 2012 data breach left thousands of patients’ details vulnerable. The breach happened when an “unauthorized person” stole an unencrypted laptop from a doctor’s office. The computer contained health or personal information, such as names […]

Orange Romania Fined for Not Complying with Data Security Obligations

Mobile phone carrier Orange has been fined in Romania by the country’s privacy watchdog for failing to protect confidential information from customers. The issue has been discovered by a client who brought his phone in for repairs and was provided with a temporary device while service was performed. The customer noticed that the temporary phone […]

Telstra Fined $18000 for violating the Privacy Act

Telstra to pay a whopping $18,000 fine for listing the contact information of a Sydney Judge without his consent. The Australian Telco contravened the Privacy Act and risked the safety of the Judge who has since applied for an interstate transfer due to security concerns. Australia’s telecommunication giant, Telstra was asked to pay a whopping […]