Monthly Archives November 2015

Watch out – there’s a Stealing Santa about!

Stealing SantaAt this time of year parents all over the world are busy working out what the latest electronic gadget they need to buy for their children before the Christmas rush makes these highly-prized toys out of stock. One of the biggest manufacturers is Chinese consumer giant VTECH that owns the Learning Lodge app store.

But this story doesn’t have a happy ending.

The customers’ secrets stored on the company’s data base have been hacked and according to security experts this amounts to 4.8m unique customer email addresses as well as names and download history.

According to reports, the company database was compromised on 14 November but it took a good 10 days before HKT (the owners of VTech) notified its customers.

Dear Valued Customer,

On November 24 HKT we discovered that an unauthorized p...

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‘Just do it’ says Dutch DPA in warning to Nike for data protection failure

Nike appNike has been collecting too much personal information from customers without correctly obtaining their permission first.

The world’s largest sportswear company has now been issued with a warning to stop this by the Dutch DPA (CBP).

The Nike+ Running app combines GPS information about distance covered with body characteristics such as height and weight to calculate calories and ‘Fuel Points’ for the Nike rankings. Storage of these details for a longer period constitutes handling of sensitive personal health information, CBP found.

Under the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a key principle is purpose limitation, designed to establish the boundaries within which personal data collected for a given purpose may be processed and put to further use.

The Data Controll...

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Message of Peace: Our heart goes out to the people of France

We are all ParisiansMuslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian and European Religious Leaders of all traditions stand united in grief and anger about the terrible attacks in Paris.

Upon witnessing the unfolding violence in Paris the Moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) Revd. Dr. Thomas Wipf stated: “We, people of all religious traditions
in Europe are united in our grief and anger about the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected. We strongly condemn all acts of violence and terrorism which can never be just justified on religious grounds. We want to commit ourselves even more intensively for peace and security wherever we live.”

He added: “As members of different faiths and from different countri...

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This week’s competition is ‘spot the difference’ between DPA 1998 and GDPR

spot the differenceIt’s not as easy as it looks, is it? And that goes for the differences between the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on course to gain consent from the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council of Ministers in early January2016.

That means it will be fully implemented at the end of 2017 after the 2-year transition period expires.

Once GDPR has achieved agreement, the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC is repealed and the basis for the DPA 1998 has effectively been removed.

The legal position as to what happens during the transition period is still to be worked out but by far the safest course of action is for organisations to comply fully with the data protection principles enshrined under the GDPR, given t...

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