Leading News Stories of the Week in Data Protection and Cybersecurity
The Data Protection Made Easy podcast was created to simplify complex areas of data protection and cyber security for our growing community however we also like to focus on recent updates and news stories from our industry to keep our audience ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest changes in our landscape, providing in-depth insights into recent developments that impact data privacy and security. If you are part of our community you will know that we host weekly webinars which have taken place every Friday for the last 2 years. These sessions alternate between ‘Data Protection Made Easy’ where we aim to simplify complex and often common challenges faced by our audience and ‘GDPR Radio’ where we focus on discussing the latest news from our industry.
Highlighted below are some of the biggest news stories from our industry this month. Join our live and interactive podcast on the 4th of August 2023 between 12:30 and 13:30 on Microsoft Teams as our hosts Phil Brining, Joe Kirk and Tristan Mills join together to discuss the news items below, providing their own unique insights and opinions.
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Leading News Stories:
NHS Ambulance Trusts’ Data Protection Woes After Cyberattack:
In a recent cyberattack on Swedish health tech company Ortivus, two NHS ambulance services in the south of England faced significant data protection challenges. South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust and South Central Ambulance Service Trust were left unable to access electronic patient records, resorting to paper-based systems. This alarming incident underscores the critical importance of robust cybersecurity measures in healthcare facilities, safeguarding patient data and ensuring uninterrupted care.
Meta’s Subsidiaries Fined $20 Million Over Misleading Ads:
In a legal repercussion, Facebook owner Meta’s subsidiaries, Facebook Israel and Onavo Inc, were fined $20 million by the Australian government for misleading advertisements related to the Onavo Protect security app. This case highlights the delicate balance between data protection and marketing practices. It serves as a timely reminder for organisations to be transparent in their data usage policies to maintain trust with users.
Apple’s Warning Over UK Surveillance Law Changes:
Apple has expressed concerns over proposed changes to British surveillance laws, citing potential impacts on user privacy. These changes could even lead to the withdrawal of services like FaceTime and iMessage in the UK. The proposed amendments could grant the UK government oversight of security updates and encryption, raising pertinent questions about data protection and privacy rights.
Nigel Farage and the Growing Trend in Subject Access Requests:
The use of Subject Access Requests (SARs) has surged, particularly in work disputes and by public figures. Recent events, such as Nigel Farage’s claim regarding his closed bank account due to political values, emphasise the significance of SARs in obtaining crucial information. However, this practice also raises concerns for organisations, necessitating a delicate balance between data transparency and privacy rights.
Join Our Discussion
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the live audience on our Data Protection Made Easy podcast on the 4th of August 2023. Led by industry experts Tristan Mills, Joe Kirk, and Phil Brining, the podcast will delve into these leading news stories and engage in discussions on various data protection and cybersecurity topics. It’s completely free to join, and everyone is welcome to participate. With over 100 episodes available on major audio streaming platforms, our podcast is the UK’s #1 data protection podcast and has one of the fastest-growing communities for data protection and cybersecurity. Join our vibrant community as we strive to make data protection easy to understand and easy to implement. Together, let’s create a safer digital world.