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Data audit of UK political parties finds laundry list of failings

Data audit of UK political parties finds laundry list of failings In a finding that should surprise no one, an audit of how UK political parties are handling voter information has surfaced a damning lack of compliance with data protection rules across the political spectrum — with parties failing to come clean […]

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UK’s ICO faces legal action after closing adtech complaint with nothing to show for it

UK’s ICO faces legal action after closing adtech complaint with nothing to show for it The UK’s data watchdog is facing a legal challenge after it took the decision to quietly close a complaint against the adtech industry’s high velocity background trading of personal data. The legal challenge was reported earlier by […]

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UK watchdog reduces Marriott data breach fine to $23.8M, down from $123M

UK watchdog reduces Marriott data breach fine to .8M, down from 3M The UK’s ICO has reduced the size of a data breach penalty for hotel business Marriott — dropping it to £14.4 million (~$23.8M) in a final penalty notice down from the £99M ($123M) figure that the watchdog initially said it […]

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Cambridge Analytica sought to use Facebook data to predict partisanship for voter targeting, UK investigation confirms

Cambridge Analytica sought to use Facebook data to predict partisanship for voter targeting, UK investigation confirms The UK’s data watchdog has sent a letter to parliament In lieu of a final report on a wide-ranging investigation into online political advertising which saw it raid the offices of Cambridge Analytica in 2018 after […]

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Adtech scores a pandemic pause from UK privacy oversight

Adtech scores a pandemic pause from UK privacy oversight The coronavirus is proving to have an unexpected upside for the adtech industry. The UK’s data protection agency has paused an investigation into the industry’s processing of Internet users’ personal data, saying targeted suspension of privacy oversight is merited because of disruption to […]

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UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe

UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe The UK’s data protection watchdog has today published a set of design standards for Internet services which are intended to help protect the privacy of children online. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been working on […]

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Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability

Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability Facebook has reached a settlement with the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, agreeing to pay in full a £500,000 (~$643k) fine following the latter’s investigating into the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. As part of the […]

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Marriott to face $123 million fine by UK authorities over data breach

Marriott to face 3 million fine by UK authorities over data breach The U.K. data protection authority said it will serve hotel giant Marriott with a £99 million ($123M) fine for a data breach that exposed up to 383 million guests. Marriott revealed last year that its acquired Starwood properties had its […]

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UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation

UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a new joint report and stat-fest on Internet attitudes and usage with the national data protection watchdog, the ICO — a quantitative study to be published annually which they’re calling the Online Nation report. The […]

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Krablr nets new leadership

Krablr nets new leadership News just in: We’re getting reports the board of Krablr has voted overwhelmingly to jettison the sole remaining founder, Wilson Poney, and install an interim CFO to take the company in a new old direction. “We’re going to make Krablr great again,” said chairman of the board, Goldie […]

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