Weekly Privacy update 21st Oct

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The top story of the week: ICO has fined British Airways! The EDBP has adopted new guidelines under the GDPR, IAB Europe’s ad tracking consent framework found to fail GDPR standard, international restaurant chain: Wagamama is caught in a privacy dispute, After Brexit UK can become a “tax haven” and more news from the privacy world below.

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Here is a recap of the top privacy headlines:

ICO fines British Airways £20m over 2018 data breach

British Airways has been in the news this entire year for the verdict of its GDPR fine for the data breach that took place in 2018. This case was said to be the biggest fine of its kind and the amount suspected was six times the current one. It is still a huge fine and now it has finally been enforced.

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IAB Europe’s ad tracking consent framework found to fail GDPR standard

It is a benchmark framework designed by IAB Europe for obtaining user’s consent online before targeting them with behavioural ads, but it fails to meet the required legal standards of data protection as per the EU data supervisor.

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Wagamama in trouble for violating customer’s privacy

Can you use all the data that you find? Of course not! But do all businesses understand this? Not really. Was Wagamama intentionally breaking the law or did it happen accidentally? Well there is a lot to learn.

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EDPB adopts guidelines under Article 60 of the GDPR.

The EDBP has an update for all of us. The Article 60 guidelines under the GDPR have been adopted and those found in violation will be penalised under the law. The enforcement of this will result in more stringent penalties and the demand for greater information or legal evidence in lawsuits for violators.

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Hertfordshire police warn businesses they are target for cyber-crime

Previously the university has been under a privacy attack, more cyber-crimes are suspected in the region now. Can poor privacy practices and prevention cause businesses to lose money in lawsuits? Well, the answer is complicated but, in a nutshell, yes.

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After Brexit, the UK could become a ‘data haven’

If at the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK were to host personal data acquired in unlawful ways then the financial and reputational damage would be huge.

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A recent report highlights that nearly half of organizations have still not implemented a privacy program

A FairWarning research, based on survey results from more than 550 global privacy and data protection, IT, and compliance professionals outlines the characteristics and behaviours of advanced privacy and data protection teams. It clearly highlights that half of these organization do not have a sufficient privacy program in place to help them to protect themselves and leave them vulnerable to potential fines and penalties.

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GDPR Staff eTraining can help you mitigate privacy risks for your business

The law is complicated. But compliance does not need to be. So many patterns seen in the legal disputes such as the Marriott International data breach, Wagamama privacy dispute and the BA fines, could have been prevented. Only if the employees were better equipped to do so.

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