IP & IT Law (26 November – 10 December)

IP & IT News

Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg's exposed emails

BBC News – 6 December

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is facing another accusation of data misuse. A number of confidential internal emails supposedly confirm the social media company shared data to third-parties after the cut-off point. Facebook has published a response to this and other allegations, claiming that the emails had been ‘cherry picked’ to paint a ‘false’ picture.

Liberty claims government data-sharing deals lead to rights violations

ITPro – 5 December

According to Liberty, data sharing deals between the Home Office, other government departments and public services are violating people’s most basic needs. Deals between schools, the police and the immigration department facilitate the sharing of data without consent, including employment records and access to bank details.

Data flows at risk after a no-deal Brexit

Mills & Reeve – 30 November

Mills & Reeve discuss the data risks of a no-deal Brexit and fill in the gaps in the government and EU guidance. One of the major issues is how data flow from an EU-based processor to a UK controller will continue. If Britain leaves the EU with no deal, the EU Commission has stated that: ‘the adoption of an adequacy decision is not part of the contingency planning.’

Marriott hotels: data of 500m guests may have been exposed

The Guardian – 30 November

Personal data of up to 500 million people from around the world has been stolen as following the hacking of Marriott International data bases. The Marriott chain includes W, Westin, Le Méridien and Sheraton. Names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and passport numbers were among the data stolen.

Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

The Guardian – 27 November

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Uber a total of £385,000 for failing to inform its 35 million users of a data breach in November 2016. The breach affected nearly 3 million British users and 82,000 drivers, as names, email addresses and locations were stolen.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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