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Former motor industry worker ordered to pay £25,500 from proceeds of data theft

A motor industry employee who was sentenced to six months in prison in November 2018 for accessing personal data without permission, has been ordered to pay a £25,500 confiscation order in a case brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Source: Former motor industry worker ordered to pay £25,500 from proceeds of data theft | ICO

Automated facial recognition trials backed by UK home secretary

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to the police in their trials of facial recognition cameras.

The surveillance software, which is designed to help spot suspects in public spaces, has been trialled by several forces, including the Met.

Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the technology, which is the subject of a legal challenge.

Source: Automated facial recognition trials backed by home secretary – BBC News

ICO opens consultation on the draft data sharing code of practice

The updated draft code of practice will explain and advise on changes to data protection legislation where these changes are relevant to data sharing. It will address many aspects of the new legislation including transparency, lawful bases for processing, the new accountability principle and the requirement to record processing activities.

The updated draft code is now out for public consultation and will remain open until Monday 9 September 2019.

You can respond to the consultation via our online survey, or you can download the document below and email datasharingcode@ico.org.uk.

Source: ICO consultation on the draft data sharing code of practice | ICO

Whistleblower data breach reports almost triple after GDPR crackdown

Whistleblower reports over data breaches have almost tripled over the past year since the introduction of GDPR.

Reports from whistleblowers over data protection surged by 175% to 379 in the year to May 2019, from 138 a year earlier, according to research from City law firm RPC.

The firm said that the introduction GDPR in May 2018 has made people more vigilant over the handling of personal data, increasing the number of reports to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Source: Whistleblower data breach reports almost triple after GDPR crackdown

Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

Facebook has been accused (again) of tracking user photos through hidden embedded codes.

As the social media giant finalizes the terms of its record $5 billion fine, continual privacy headlines will not help it move past the allegations of data misuse.

Source: Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show

It’s been four months now since Facebook announced its intention to invest more heavily in private groups and messaging, and recently that effort has gotten a major marketing push.

However, private Facebook groups is also place where bad actors come together. While there have always been online forums where awful people congregate, Facebook’s size and recommendation algorithms change that calculation. Its size enables connections between many people who may not otherwise have met.

Full article: The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show – The Verge

ICO publishes annual report

UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office – has released its annual report.

Highlights from 12 months to 31 March 2019 include:

  • Data protection complaints received by the ICO increased from 21,019 in 2017/18 to 41,661 in 2018/19
  • Helping organisations, small or large, embed the GDPR and DPA 2018
  • Preparation of statutory codes focusing on age appropriate design, data sharing, direct marketing, and data protection and journalism.
  • Using new powers of inspection – issuing 11 assessment notices in conjunction with our investigations into data analytics for political purposes, political parties, data brokers, credit reference agencies and others
  • 2018/19 was a record-breaking year of monetary penalties under the DPA 1998.

Source: ICO publishes annual report covering an ‘unprecedented’ year | ICO

Blockchain startup JEDTrade launches privacy-protected data exchange platform

Singapore-based blockchain startup JEDTrade has launched Jupiter Chain – a consent-able data exchange platform that enables the use of data analytics without compromising on privacy.

Jupiter Chain allows blockchain technology to be put in the healthcare services ecosystem, where data privacy and security is crucial. It does so by encrypting users’ data and requiring consent before other parties can access the necessary information to conduct big data analytics projects.

Source: Blockchain startup JEDTrade launches privacy-protected data exchange platform

EDPB issues annual report

The European Data Protection Board released its 2018 annual report. The report covers the rules of procedure adopted in the first EDPB plenary session and the creation of the EDPB Secretariat. 

Focus of the report is cooperation among supervisory authorities and transparency. It also touches EDPB’s guidance on certification, territorial scope and accreditation, its opinions regarding ePrivacy regulation and European Commission’s adequacy decisions.

Read full report.

EDPB Publishes Opinion on the Competence of a Supervisory Authority Relating to the Main or Single Establishment

On July 9, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted Opinion 8/2019 on the Competence of a Supervisory Authority in Case of a Change in Circumstances Relating to the Main or Single Establishment at the request of the French and the Swedish data protection authorities.

A change of circumstances relating to the main or single establishment may occur when the single or main establishment is (i) relocated from an EEA country to another EEA country; (ii) moved from or ceases to exist in an EEA country; (iii) relocated from a non-EEA country to an EEA country or is set up in an EEA country.

Full article: EDPB Publishes Opinion on the Competence of a Supervisory Authority in Change in Circumstances Relating to the Main or Single Establishment

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