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Experian vows to drag UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices

Experian has been rapped over the knuckles by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it discovered the credit reference agency was trading “millions” of people’s data for marketing purposes.

Instead of issuing a monetary fine, however, the data regulator wrapped up a two-year probe yesterday by merely insisting Experian tweaks its online privacy policies and informs consumers it acquired data about them.

In an aggressive response, Experian chief exec Brian Cassin claimed the ICO enforcement notice against his employer “risks damaging the services that help consumers, thousands of small businesses and charities, particularly as they try to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.”

Source: Experian vows to drag UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices • The Register

Experian faces GDPR action after ICO finds ‘widespread data protection failings’

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered credit rating giant Experian to stop profiting from the secretive enriching and processing of people’s personal data or face a massive GDPR fine.

The investigation found the three firms were trading, enriching and enhancing people’s personal data without their knowledge or consent. This resulted in products which were used by third-party commercial organisations to find new customers, identify those who were most likely to be able to afford products, and build individual profiles around people.

UK watchdog gives Experian nine-month ultimatum to change ‘illegal’ business practices or face punishment.

Source: Experian faces GDPR action after ICO finds ‘widespread data protection failings’ | IT PRO

Data breach at Experian, 24 million South Africans’ personal information exposed

Consumer, business and credit information services agency Experian has experienced a breach of data which has exposed personal information of as many as 24 million South Africans and 793 749 business entities to a suspected fraudster.

Experian said banks had been working with Experian and South African Banking Risk Centre (SABRIC) to identify which of their customers might have been exposed to the breach and to protect their personal information, even as the investigation unfolds.

Source: Data breach at Experian, 24 million South Africans’ personal information exposed

Data dealers accused of GDPR failings

Data law regulators in Europe have been called upon to look into a potential data breach case, with brokers, credit ratings agencies and adtech firms falling under suspicion of not playing by new rules. Complaints were filed to regulators last week by a campaign group named Privacy International, regarding possible transgressions committed by the data broker Acxiom, credit rating agencies, Experian and Equifax, and software multinational, Oracle, the Financial Times online reports.

Full article: Data dealers accused of GDPR failings

Facebook to stop allowing data brokers such as Experian to target users

Facebook is shutting down a feature that allowed “data brokers” such as Experian and Oracle to use their own reams of consumer information to target social network users, the company has announced.

The feature, known as “Partner Categories”, will be “winding down over the next six months”, Facebook announced in a terse blogpost. The company says the move “will help improve people’s privacy on Facebook.”

Source: Facebook to stop allowing data brokers such as Experian to target users | Technology | The Guardian

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