Bupa employee steals 547,000 records
This weeks’ Data Roundup covers; Bupa employee steals data, Newcastle City Council data breach, Brexit and lack of data sharing, Data & AI, Legal Case for GDPR.
Bupa employee stole half a million customers’ health insurance data
A rogue Bupa employee has stolen personal customer data from the health insurance giant, leaving more than half a million-people compromised. Bupa Global revealed that one of its staff members had taken international health insurance information affecting 547,000 people [Digital Health].
Newcastle City Council confirms a data protection breach
An employee in the council's adoption team accidentally attached an internal spreadsheet to emails inviting adoptive parents to the council's annual adoption summer party. The email and attachment were sent to 77 people.
This attachment contained personal details relating to 2,743 individuals, comprising current and former adoptees, parents and social workers who had been involved with these families [ITV].
Brexit: Public safety could be threatened by lack of data sharing
Public safety could be threatened unless the government "gets its act together" over data-sharing after Brexit, a former Met Police boss says.
Lord Condon said it could become "much more difficult" for police to share information with EU counterparts unless transitional arrangements are made [BBC].
Data and AI will drive a wave of personalization but what will be the iPhone moment?
Last month saw the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, and more broadly the real birth of mobile. It’s fairly amazing to note the change in the world. Since then, nearly 3 billion people carry smartphones in their pockets [The Drum].
Legal case for implementing class action options on data law
Much coverage of the General Data Protection Regulation has focused, understandably, on the potentially gigantic fines that might be levied on companies and non-compliant data controllers.
But an issue which hasn’t had much focus here is the question of class actions, where the rights of large numbers of citizens (data subjects in the digital lingo) have been breached [Irish Times].