The latest fine issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) against TalkTalk should be seen as a warning to businesses of all sizes to keep their IT systems up to date, an expert has said.
Businesses that are responsible for “minor infringements” of new EU data protection laws shortly after they come into effect will not be made an example of, the UK’s information commissioner has said.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC £100,000 after it failed to look after its customers’ data and risked it falling into the hands of scammers and fraudsters.
French regulator CNIL has issued its first fine for violations of data protection laws, since it was given the power in the Digital Republic law passed last November. Previously it could only issue verbal warnings. Car rental firm Hertz was fined EUR 40,000 for exposing personal data of members of its discount programme on its website.
The ICO issued, in the past 12 months, more fines for PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations) breaches than ever before. The ICO’s 2016-17 Annual Report, issued today, reveals that the ICO issued 23 penalties totalling £1,923,000. One of the largest fines was £270,000, served on Road Traffic Consult trading as Media Tactics for making 22 million unsolicited automated marketing calls to members of the public.
On July 1, 2017, a new law took effect in Russia allowing for administrative enforcement actions and higher fines for violations of Russia’s data protection law.
UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust did not comply with the Data Protection Act when it turned over the sensitive medical data of around 1.6 million patients to Google DeepMind, as part of a clinical safety initiative.
The Federal Trade Commission said it halted the operations of Blue Global Media after the company earned millions of dollars by falsely promising to match them with low-rate loans.
Facebook Inc.’s small print may be the next big thing in European antitrust as watchdogs home in on how the world’s biggest social network collects information from users that helps generate vast advertising revenues.
On July 1, 2017, a new law took effect in Russia allowing for administrative enforcement actions and higher fines for violations of Russia’s data protection law. The law, which was enacted in February 2017, imposes higher fines on businesses and corporate executives accused of data protection violations, such as unlawful processing of personal data, processing personal data without consent, and failure of data controllers to meet data protection requirements.