Month: June 2017

Brighter Homes Solutions issued with a £50,000 fine from the ICO for nuisance calling

nuisance calling

Cold calling gets on everyone’s nerves – no one wants to be hounded by companies trying to sell you something you don’t want.

Double glazing firm Brighter Homes Solutions has been fined £50,000 for nuisance calls to people who were registered on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), which is a free service where you can register your details to opt out of marketing and nuisance calls.

Obviously, they shouldn’t have been cold calling them…
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Hidden costs arising from data breaches

data breach hidden costs

Financial costs of data breaches do not come cheap; but how can you quantify such damage when it’s completely avoidable?

IT experts are calling for organisations to assign ‘real costs’ that are associated with breaches. There are many ways it can cost a business, from losing customers, to actual money through fraud.

There are hidden costs too, of course.
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Former health administrator fined for illegally accessing data 51 times

Data protection has been pivotal in the U.K. since the introduction of the Data Protection Act (DPA) in 1998. Those who choose to go against this can be punished by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and fined accordingly.

This was exactly what happened to a former employee of a GP surgery who was found to be illegally accessed medical records.
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The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District are being sued for allegedly breaching data protection rules.

health apps concerns

In 2014, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) launched a mobile app for users to discreetly and conveniently report suspicious or illegal activity to the BART police. The ingenious app meant the police force’s watchful eye in monitoring illegal activity could be extended through helpful civilians.

The app was made by software developer ELERTS Corp. However, it seems the co-operative app may be used in reverse, as it has been alleged that the BART police can track and monitor users of the app…
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