Businesses face bigger penalties on data leaks

Businesses are on final countdown to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, bringing with it a tighter rule and greater penalties for data processing, and the outcome of a landmark High Court case has made the preparation even more pressing. The case involved an online leak of payroll data by Andrew Skelton, a disgruntled ex-employee of supermarket chain Morrisons. Skelton received an eight year conviction for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). However, over 5,000 current and…

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): Are you ready?

After four years of wrangling, the EU's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is set to come into effect from May 28th 2018. That gives everyone affected less than a year to make sure they are ready for the changes, and that they comply to the letter of the law. Currently, the UK has the Data Protection Act 1998 in force. This however, will be suspended by the new regulations, with bigger fines for non-compliance, and giving people greater say over what information is retained by companies, and what they do…

Businesses must keep foot on pedal for data protection

A major milestone in EU data protection law was marked when the General Data Protection Regulation came into force just before the EU Referendum. A huge piece of legislation that was set to replace the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 from May 2018, it marks a tough new era in EU-wide data protection, with new powers for data regulators and much stricter operating boundaries for businesses that process personally identifiable information about individuals. But for UK companies imagining that Brexit will have changed the need for them to comply, there’s a…

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