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DID H.G. WELLS FORESEE OUR 21ST CENTURY WORLD?

To paraphrase the opening lines of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of H. G. Well’s masterpiece, ‘The War of the Worlds’. . . “No one would have believed, in the early years of the 21st century, that human affairs were being watched, from the timeless worlds of the the internet”. “No one could have dreamed we...

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NEW UK DATA PROTECTION BILL

From 25th May 2018, the new EU General Data Protection Regulations come into force, which introduce new data protection rights for consumers, and this Bill will put into UK law comparable rules that all companies must follow. The government made the commitment to introduce the new Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June, and issued...

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FIRM HIT BY CYBER-ATTACK FINED £60,000

A UK SME has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office following a 2014 cyber-attack in which more than 26,000 customer details were accessed. Boomerang Video Ltd failed to take basic steps to stop its website being attacked by the hacker, who used a common technique known as SQL injection to access the data....

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£50,000 FINE FOR PURSUING PEOPLE WHO HAD OPTED OUT

The UK regulator has issued a £50,000 fine to MyHome Installations Ltd for pursuing people who had specifically opted out of telephone marketing. The ICO received 169 complaints concerning the calls to phone numbers listed on the Telephone Preference Service. One complainant commented: “They wanted to carry out an electrical survey of my home and...

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WHY YOU DON’T EMAIL OPTED OUT CUSTOMERS

Price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com has been fined £80,000 by the UK regulator for sending millions of emails to customers who had already opted out of marketing. The company sent 7.1 million emails over 10 days updating customers with its Terms and Conditions. Moneysupermarket’s email included a section entitled ‘Preference Centre Update’ which read: “We hold...

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