Former headteacher prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal information

A former headteacher has been fined in court for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal data from previous schools where he worked. Darren Harrison of Twickenham, obtained the information from two primary schools were he had worked, and uploaded it to his then current school’s server. As he had no lawful reason to process the personal data, he was in breach of data protection legislation. Six months into his role as Deputy Head at Isleworth Town Primary School, Harrison was suspended. A subsequent IT audit showed large volumes of sensitive personal…

Launch of Personal Tokens – the platform for tokenizing people

Now everyone can easily issue their own token. Launch of Personal Tokens – the user-friendly platform for tokenizing people. Personal Tokens is an innovative platform where you can easily verify and tokenize yourself. Based on the believe that a personal token issuance is a basic human right and that by decentralizing money issuance fairer and more equal society is being built, the Personal Token platform is creating an infrastructure for the new emerging economy based on privately issued tokens backed with real people. Tokens might be created by anyone, and…

ICO issues maximum £500,000 fine to Facebook for failing to protect users’ personal information

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Facebook £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection law. In July, the ICO issued a Notice of Intent to fine Facebook as part of a wide ranging investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. After considering representations from the company, the ICO has issued the fine to Facebook and confirmed that the amount – the maximum allowable under the laws which applied at the time the incidents occurred – will remain unchanged. The full penalty notice can be read here.…

ShapeShift Will Now Require “Basic Personal Details” for New Membership …

In a what appears to be a seismic shift in company ethos, digital assets platform ShapeShift has launched a new loyalty program called “ShapeShift Membership” which will require the exchange users to provide “basic personal details,” according to a blog post published September 4, 2018. In his post, ShapeShift Founder and CEO Erik Voorhees said that the membership is part of a “loyalty program” that will see the platform collect personal information from its users while rewarding them with a range of benefits, including higher trading limits, cheaper fees, early…

Pillar Project: Regain control over your personal data

If we reflect on the original purpose of the internet, it was to provide global access to data and communications. Free to use and decentralised by design, it provided the perfect platform to share research and to maintain global defence and surveillance. Fast forward to 2018 – have we drifted too far from the worthy intentions of its creators? Whether it’s Facebook, LinkedIn or TFL, our personal information is being stored and monitored. Websites monetise our data, sometimes without our permission. And what if the data is lost or stolen?…

Telegram Reveals Personal ID Verification Tool for Sharing Data with ‘Finance, ICOs’

The crypto and blockchain industry’s go-to encrypted messenger app Telegram has released a personal identification authorization tool, according to an official statement published July 26. The tool, dubbed Telegram Passport, reportedly encrypts a user’s personal ID information and let’s users securely share their ID data with third parties, which the Telegram post elaborates on as “finance, ICOs, etc.” According to the post, users’ ID data will currently be stored on the Telegram cloud, but “In the future, all Telegram Passport data will move to a decentralized cloud.” The new tool…

Korean Authorities to Probe Crypto Exchanges’ Handling of Personal Data

Two Korean watchdogs have announced a joint probe into crypto exchange operators’ handling of personal data, local news outlet Chosun reports Monday, July 2. The agencies in question are the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA). The KCC and KISA will investigate potential infringements of data privacy rights by crypto exchange operators in conjunction with third party service providers – for example, smartphone apps designed for services such as real estate, shopping and travel. The probe will reportedly check the status of technical and…