Recent Cyber Security News and Prosecutions
Morrisons Supermarket Chain Fined for Ignoring Customers’ Marketing Wishes
After sending out 130,671 emails to people who had previously opted out of receiving marketing related to their Morrisons More card, Morrisons was fined £10,500. In its investigation, the ICO found that the company’s actions deliberately broke the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (PECR). What’s more, the GDPR, a new data protection law concerning organisations receiving consent from customers, comes into force next year. That means incidents, such as this, will have much more severe penalties.
Maidstone Firm Responsible for Nuisance Calls Fined £50,000
The ICO received 169 complaints about receiving unwanted calls from MyHome Installations Ltd. Over a period of 18 months, the company bought customer data from third-party companies in order to make unsolicited phone calls, even to individuals on the ‘no call’ register. As these actions violated the PECR, the company was fined £50,000.
Radcliffe Used-car Dealer Fined £40,000 for Sending 336,000 Spam Texts
Concept Car Credit Limited sent more than 300,000 spam-marketing text messages without ensuring that it was only contacting individuals that had consented to receive the marketing. In addition to a £40,000 fine, the ICO also issued the company an enforcement notice, ordering it to stop sending unlawful texts. If the company does not comply with the notice, it could face additional fines and penalties.