Month: February 2018

Government “get ready” warnings as new data protection regulations raise fears of fines

data breaches

The government has warned of the increased fines organisations face for breaching Data Protection rules from May 2018, which could see fines as high as £17m.

Utility firms, transport firms, the healthcare sector and infrastructure companies are being warned to develop more robust safeguards to defend themselves from data breaches and cyberattacks, or face the costly consequences.

With mandatory reporting and massive fines being implemented in the next few months, the warnings cannot fall on deaf ears.
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Amazon wants to let people into your home to drop-off parcels

Giant online retailer Amazon has introduced its brand new service to stop thieves stealing your parcels from your doorstep: Amazon Key. Instead of leaving your parcel outside, Amazon wants to open your front door to drop off your parcel.

Does this sound like a good idea to you? Technology today can do almost anything, so surely something like this is just another step towards a brighter, more innovative future?

I don’t know about you, but it sounds rather risky to me…
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Vanquis reportedly behind over 1.48 million illegal messages promoting banking services

email messages

Vanquis Bank Limited reportedly instigated a campaign to promote and advertise its banking services by instructing a third party to send 870,749 spam text messages, and another 620,000 spam emails.

As recipients reportedly didn’t consent to receiving these types of messages, Vanquis were found in breach of the law and have been ordered to stop and pay a £75,000 fine.

Some 131 complaints about the texts were made to the 7726 spam reporting service.
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Organisations must protect themselves from hacking

protect from hackers

There is growing importance for organisations to protect against hacking. In light of a number of infamous hacks that have occurred in recent years, it’s clear that we’re all at risk of third-party actors hacking into our servers and systems.

We have seen millions of documents and files being hacked from a number of organisations worldwide. Malicious actors can get in with simple vulnerabilities, like an organisation’s failure to update their Outlook webmail system. One simple error like this could lead to the whole organisation’s data servers being accessed!
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