Breaches

Fashion Nexus data breach – July 2018

On 9th July 2018, an estimated 1.3 million records kept by e-commerce provider Fashion Nexus were compromised by white hat hacker, Taylor Ralston. Ralston...

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TalkTalk data breach – May 2015

TalkTalk was the target of  a major data breach in 2015 which led to the theft of personal data belonging to nearly 157,000 of...

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Police Federation cyber attack – March 2019

Data of 119,000 Police Compromised In Cyber Attack On 9th March 2019, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) came under attack from...

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My Fitness Pal Data Breach – March 2018

My Fitness Pal is a nutrition app owned by the lifestyle brand Under Armour that allows users to count their calories and record their...

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Kent County Council data breach – February 2019

Personal details including names and email addresses of around 300 adoptive parents and support workers were disclosed in an email sent by Kent County...

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Gateshead Council data breach – March 2019

Gateshead Council has admitted 19 data breaches in the 10 months following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This series of...

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Dixons Carphone data breach – June 2018

Update: In January 2019, the ICO announced that Dixons Carphone had been fined £500,000 for the data breach, this follows quickly from the £400,000...

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British Airways data breach – August 2018

Just under four months after the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were introduced, British Airways found themselves at the centre of a 15-day data...

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Ticketmaster UK data breach – June 2018

In June 2018, it was announced that Ticketmaster’s UK site had suffered a serious data breach with just under 40,000 people being affected. Sensitive...

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Marriott International & Starwood Hotels data breach – November 2018

In November 2018, the personal data of up to half a billion guests of Marriott International may have been exposed by one of the...

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Data protection breaches can comprise a number of scenarios where an organisation fails to protect the personal data of individuals that they have been made responsible of.

Personal data is defined by the ICO as:

“any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’)… such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person”.

In the fast-moving technological climate that we live in, criminals’ techniques are growing more sophisticated, which makes the protection of personal data a top priority for companies who have been entrusted with such information.

A data protection breach can come as the result of a cyber attack from a criminal organisation, but it can also come as a result of an error made by a data controller or processor. GDPR related breaches are now becoming much more common, those include personal data being uploaded to a public forum and mass-email send outs including personal data.

If you’ve been affected by one of the above breaches, or something similar, then please get in touch via the contact form below or our LiveChat.