Just one month later, the Currys PC World/Dixons Travel hack would have cost them a heck of a lot more

DSG Retail, the parent company of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel, has been fined £500,000 for a hack which lasted from July 2017 to April 2018.

But if the breach had lasted for just one month longer, they could have expected a much MUCH larger penalty.

HMRC to finally erase five million voice records it collected without permission

The biometric voice data had been collected without explicit consent from people calling the HMRC’s telephone hotline for advice.

Thousands of taxpayers tell HMRC to delete voiceprint data it stored without consent

The UK tax authority continues to store a huge database of millions of voice IDs which were collected without permission.

£200,000 fine for exposing possible child abuse victims in classic Cc/Bcc email blunder

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 for revealing identities of abuse victims in a mass email.

Shoe retailer Office lost details of over one million customers in hack, but escapes fine

ICO fails to sock it to shoe retailer Office, following massive data breach.

What sort of message does that send to other companies?

Sony fined £250,000 after hackers gained access to millions of gamers’ details

“There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better,” says ICO director.

How many headlines do there have to be before companies take data security more seriously?

11% of second hand hard drives contain personal information, study reveals

Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has discovered that more than one in every ten second hand hard drives contains recoverable personal information of the original owner.

Lost laptop leads to first Data Protection Act fine for UK firm

Companies warned that they must wake up to the importance of encrypting their laptops.

ICO issues first fines to British organisations being sloppy with sensitive information, and breaching the Data Protection Act.

UK firms face £500,000 fine for losing data

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

ICO warns of tougher penalties for future data leaks

Read more in my article at Naked Security.