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Data Privacy News Bytes 20th Jan 2020

Data Privacy Day 2020 Marked by Technology Companies January 28th was Data Privacy Day, marked by global tech companies including Facebook and Google. Users of Facebook received a message to check on their privacy settings when they accessed their account on the day, whilst Google identified seven ways they protect user data in a blog […]

Marriott Hotels

Marriott Faces over £99m GDPR Fine

Marriott International (Marriott) faces a £99m fine or more for a data breach that took place in 2014 at the Starwood hotels group due to poor security practices. Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016 and, according to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), did not undertake sufficient due diligence during the acquisition of the group. Further, […]

British Airways Plan Tails

British Airways Faces a £183m GDPR Fine

British Airways (BA) faces a £183m fine for a data breach that took place in June of last year, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced on Monday. It is the biggest penalty that any data protection authority has doled out yet, dwarfing the previous record of €50 million that France’s CNIL slapped on Google […]


GDPR Turns One

In a few weeks, the GDPR will crawl out of infancy to take its first shaky steps of toddlerdom. One year on, what does the GDPR have to say for itself? The Buzz For a dry piece of data protection law, the GDPR has generated an immense amount of chatter. In 2018, GDPR had 300,000 […]

Mark Zuckerberg Data Privacy

Facebook’s Privacy Vision from a GDPR Perspective

On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg described a new ‘Privacy-Focused Vision’ for Facebook. The change feels a bit overdue, after Facebook’s privacy antipathy led to two consecutive quarters of declining users. In his blog post, Zuckerberg laid out the vision for a new ‘privacy-focused platform’: We plan to build this the way we’ve developed WhatsApp: focus on […]