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PERSONAL DATA - CAUTIONARY TALES - WHAT NOT TO SHARE AND WHAT TO DECLARE

Last week two data breach stories made the headlines, and together they highlight the risks for companies and other institutions of not paying adequate attention to data protection. On Monday, news outlets revealed that Russell Group universities were under investigation by the Information Commissioner following allegations they had retained and shared former students’ data for fundraising purposes, without the students' knowledge. On Tuesday, the CEO of Uber admitted that the company had covered up a hack which occurred in October 2016, as a result of which personal data belonging to 57 million people all over the world had been stolen. Uber failed to declare the incident, either to regulat

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