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CBI Cyber Security Conference 2018 – Round-up

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The Conferderation of British Industry (better known as the CBI) ran its annual Cyber Security Conference in London this week. The event, designed ‘to give you real solutions to cyber issues’ had headline conference speeches by the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (a GCHQ division) and the ICO.Related image Read More

Only 34% of UK citizens trust companies managing their personal information

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The glum figure comes courtesy of the ICO’s annual Original Benchmark Research programme. The annual audit of public perception on cyber security found that trust and confidence in businesses storing and using personal data had increased from 21% in 2017 to 34% in 2018.

However, trust in digital and social media platforms fell to one in seven respondents – 15%. This was, in all probability, a response by consumers due to the Cambridge Analytica Russian interference news continuing to rumble on.Related image

The ICO argued that the new research highlights the importance of transparency and accountability when dealing with private data: “Across the world, people have woken up to the importance of personal data and how it’s used. Personal data has become the currency by which society does business, but advances in technology should not mean organisations racing ahead of people’s rights. Individuals should be the ones in control and organisations must demonstrate their accountability to the public.

It’s certainly positive news that more people now trust organisations with their data and the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act 2018 will have played a part in this. Many businesses, charities, and public bodies have actively taken the time to explain the new rules and have actively taken on board new obligations to protect personal data.”

The ICO also published a full report, with the full findings. The release coincided with the launch of the ICO’s “Your Data Matters” campaign which will help increase the public’s awareness of data rights and commercial obligations.

Marketing Agency fined £60,000 after 1.4 million emails sent without the “proper consent”

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The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a £60,000 fine to Stevenage-based Everything DM Ltd, a marketing company selling email marketing services.

The company, between May 2016 and May 2017, sent non-consented emails to 1.42 million clients without due regard for recipient opt-in consent.Related image

The ICO released a statement: “Firms providing marketing services to other organisations need to double-check whether they have valid consent from people to send marketing emails to them. Generic third party consent is not enough and companies will be fined if they break the law.”

The ICO investigation revealed that by relying on third-party consent, i.e. buying email addresses with a presumed consent guarantee, and more importantly failing to verify the consent parameters by contacting the email base before commercial usage, the company fell foul of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) data compliance laws.

The ICO argues that companies need to verify consumer email data and to make sure they adhere with PECR and GDPR before allowing commercial usage.

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