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Volume: 4 Issue: 8
(August 2018)

yahoo university greenwich data breaches comparative view uk information commissioners office (‘ico recently fined yahoo inc.s uk arm £250 000

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Yahoo! and University of Greenwich data breaches: a comparative view

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) recently fined Yahoo! Inc.’s UK arm £250,000 for a data breach affecting more than 500,000 UK user accounts (and around 500 million worldwide) and, in a separate incident, fined the University of Greenwich £120,000 for a ‘serious’ security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 students and staff. As both of these data breaches occurred prior to the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) coming into force, Yahoo! and the University of Greenwich were fined under the Data Protection Act 1998, which provides for a maximum fine of £500,000. Rohan Massey and William Moore, of Ropes & Gray LLP, provide insight into the ICO’s actions with regard to both data breaches, and comment on their significance at a time when its approach to data protection processes is in a state of change.

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