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The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned barristers and solicitors to keep files secure, following 15 data breaches related to the legal practitioners reported in the last three months. The ICO noted that "barristers and solicitors are generally classed as data controllers in their own right and are therefore legally responsible for the personal information they process".

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The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined (21 July 2014) online travel services provider Think W3 £150,000 after a "serious breach" of the Data Protection Act 1998 c. 29 (UK) that "revealed thousands of people's details to a malicious hacker".

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered (25 July 2014) alternative trading system (ATS) operator and Citigroup unit LavaFlow to pay a total of US$5 million to settle charges that it "fail[ed] to protect the confidential trading data of its subscribers".

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has made available a statement (21 July 2014) by privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim advising that the OAIC was recently informed by online retailer The Catch Group of a data breach that occurred in 2011.

Published in Information Security

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has announced that Pound Road Medical Centre has been found in breach of the Privacy Act 1988 No. 119 (Cth) by "failing to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive medical records".

Published in Records Management

Leslie Caldwell, who commenced in the role of Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice criminal division in June 2014, has stated her intent to prioritise the combating of cybercrime.

Published in Information Security

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC) published Insurance company overhauls its security safeguards following privacy breach (3 March 2014) on 2 July 2014, a report of findings under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Published in Information Security

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released Own motion investigation report - Cupid Media Pty Ltd (June 2014), which outlines the findings of Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim's own motion investigation into Cupid Media Pty Ltd (Cupid), after the personal information of Cupid users was stolen by hackers gaining unauthorised access to Cupid webservers.

Published in Information Security

Goldman Sachs Group (GS) has filed a complaint in a New York state court against Google after a GS contractor accidentally emailed "highly confidential brokerage account information" to a stranger's account with Google's webmail service Gmail. Reportedly, the contractor sent a report to a "gmail.com" account when it was intended for a "gs.com" account.

Published in Information Security

Domino's France has acknowledged that the personal data of 592,000 French and 58,000 Belgian patrons of the Domino's franchise have been stolen, with hacker group Rex Mundi demanding a ransom of €30,000 for data including names, addresses, online account login details and favourite pizza toppings.

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