Archived Legal Articles from 2020

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December

Post Pandemic and Data Protection

09/12/20

As we all look forward to the possibility of less restrictions, a vaccine, some return to normality and return to the office, many of us will continue to work from home. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) continue to focus on recordkeeping and data protection impact assessments,…

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November

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October

Retention of an 11-year olds extremist views unjustified

12/10/20

The High court was recently asked to adjudicate in a case NK v COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OF THE METROPOLIS (2020) where the authorities had retained data about an 11 year old boy who had expressed extremist ideas about terrorism including, America being evil, an obsession with killing the Prime Minister…

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September

ICO - Data Security Incident Trends

16/09/20

The ICO have recently published details of data security incidents on their website. The figures show that the vast majority of data breaches related to cyber security incidents, hacks and cyber-attacks, followed closely by sending information to an incorrect recipient by email or post. The lower…

Mishandling of Subject Access Requests - Civil Claims on The Rise

02/09/20

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in force for over 2 years now, but it would appear that many organisations are still coming to terms with the new Regulation and the impact it can have on their day to day practice, not least the colossal increase in volume of subject access…

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August

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May

easyJet Hit With Highly Sophisticated Cyber Attack

19/05/20

British Budget Airline Giant easyJet, has been the recent victim of a shocking data breach. A company investigation recently discovered the email addresses and travel details of around nine million customers have been accessed in the cyber- attack, acquiring the credit card details of more than 2,000…

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April

Morrisons Rogue Employee Data Breach Ruling Overturned

03/04/20

In 2017 the High Court found that Morrisons were liable under the old Data Protection Regulations when an employee copied the personal data, including payroll data, of a large number of employees onto a USB stick. Took it home and uploaded it to a publicly-accessible file-sharing website. He was…

Morrisons are not Liable for Actions of a Rogue Employee

01/04/20

The Supreme Court has today ruled in favour of Morrisons Supermarkets in relation to a large data breach claim, brought by a group of employees whose personal information had been posted online by a disgruntled employee. Data Breach Claim The employee, Andrew Skelton, was a member of Morrisons…

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March

Loqbox: Have you Received an Email?

02/03/20

Loqbox Savings Limited, who help people build up their credit score and save money on credit cards, loans and mortgages, has suffered a cyber-attack on their computer system on 20th February 2020. Although Loqbox reports that immediate steps were taken to protect their system, it still resulted in…

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January

New Years Honours Data Leak

07/01/20

The Government are likely to face a number of claims for compensation following the leak of personal data into the public domain after 1,097 work and home addresses were published online, including those of celebrities, politicians, diplomats and senior police officers*. The General Data Protection…

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