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Fears are growing over a fresh wave of ransomware attacks following reports that dozens of major businesses - including marketing giant WPP, FMCG group Mondelez International and Danish shipping company Maersk - have been struck down by a mass attack. Reports first started emerging this afternoon (June 27), when Russian oil producer Rosneft, the Ukrainian state power distributor and Kiev's main airport said their systems had come under attack.
The Information Commissioner's Office has tightened up the code of practice on subject access requests (SAR), meaning that staff who use their own devices for work purposes might have to let their bosses search those devices to comply with the law.
Virgin Media has been forced to advise more than 800,000 customers who have installed its Super Hub 2 router to change their passwords immediately amid fears that they could be wide open to a hack attack.
In a Queen’s Speech dominated by Brexit legislation, a new Data Protection Bill was also announced on Wednesday. The goal is to “ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data”.
The Internet of Things is now the leading technology for companies' digital transformation strategies and is the top priority for 92% of organisations, but privacy concerns and a lack of skills, together with connectivity issues must be addressed to ensure its successful deployment.
The insurance industry is being urged to share annoymised data on cyber breaches with the Information Commissioner's Office to allow the sector to get a clearer picture of how the issue is affecting UK businesses.
A marketing firm which worked for the Republican National Committee has accidentally exposed the personal data of almost 200 million US citizens - nearly half of the population - including birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views, in one of the most serious data breaches on record.
Britain's cyber security skills gap is finally showing signs of improvement following a surge in interest from candidates, ironically driven in part by the increased exposure of data breaches.
Gloucester City Council has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined after a hacker exploited the ‘Heartbleed’ software flaw to access council employees’ sensitive personal information.
The new leadership team at Fedma - the European direct marketing industry body - have called on marketers to act with responsibility to society, not just their own businesses, in an era where artificial intelligence and machine learning are raising consumer privacy fears.
Fresh evidence has emerged that the rise of "smart technology", designed to power the Internet of Things, could be fuelling consumer concerns over device security, especially when it comes to "smart homes".
Brands still struggling to come to terms with the looming changes to data protection laws are being offered a free GDPR Self-Assessment Tool, launched by DQM GRC, designed to give organisations insight into their compliance levels compared to the incoming regulation, and practical advice on how to overcome their biggest challenges.
Price comparison site GoCompare is doing its bit to attract the next generation of data professionals by launching a graduate challenge to find the data leaders of tomorrow.
Following one of the most data-centric General Election campaigns to date, with most of the main parties embracing online profiling and micro-targeting techniques to target voters, nearly a third (30%) of the electorate say they would welcome the right to get their personal data erased from records held by political parties.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a major initiative designed to reverse growing consumer mistrust over organisations' data practices by offering grants of up to £100,000  to support independent research and solutions focused on privacy and data protection issues.
The European Commission has launched a consultation in preparation for the first annual review of the Privacy Shield transatlantic data sharing agreement, which will take place in September.
There have been many reasons given for the current malaise over GDPR implementation, from conflicting advice from the Information Commissioner's Office and confusion, to Brexit and sheer ignorance, but a worrying new factor has emerged - many marketers simply do not have the experience to deal with the changes.
Britain boasts the toughest data protection regime in Europe when it comes to regulatory enforcement action, beating even Germany which has long been regarded as the most stringent.
Customer relationship management (CRM) systems might have been seen as a flash in the pan when they were first launched nearly two decades ago, but with the advent of big data and analytics driving adoption, the market is predicted to be worth $81.9bn (£63.5bn) by 2025, according to a new report.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) might be feeling the pressure over its GDPR guidance strategy but its enforcement work continues to gather pace after the regulator issued a £150,000 fine against a local council for publishing sensitive personal information about a family.
There is plenty of evidence that many UK businesses are unprepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But a new worrying trend is emerging that, even though awareness is increasing about the new Regulation, over half of firms do not actually think it will apply to them.
The eagerly anticipated boom in the Internet of Things appears to be stalling, according to a new study which claims that three-fifths of IoT programmes fail due to a lack of collaboration.
As the 12 month countdown to GDPR compliance begins, it seems that the guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office and EU bodies is forcing UK companies to rewrite their plans, amid claims that those companies which have been most proactive may be penalised.

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