European Data Protection Digest

Loan Company Fined; Researchers Cite Breach Concerns

DATA PROTECTION—TURKEY & UK

December 19, 2013

KONDA research company has announced that Russian hackers accessed 54 million Turkish citizens’ ID information “because Turkey’s political parties and the country’s Supreme Election Committee share voters’ personal information,” The Journal of Turkish Weekly reports. Meanwhile, in the UK, a new survey commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has found “93 percent of large organisations experienced a security breach last year,” ITProPortal reports, noting that figure remains “largely unchanged” from 2012. However, smaller businesses saw an increase, with 87 percent reporting data breaches this year as compared to 76 percent in 2012, the report states. And the Information Commissioner’s Office has fined First Financial, a payday loans company, 175,000 GBP after it sent “millions of text messages to consumers without having their consent,” Out-Law.com reports.
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