ICO fines “Digital Growth Experts Ltd” £60,000 for sending thousands of nuisance marketing texts during coronavirus pandemic

Handgel Applied to Woman's Hand

The ICO have recently fined “Digital Growth Experts Ltd”, formerly “Motorhome Brokers Ltd” for sending thousands of marketing text messages without consent.  This brazen breach of PECR occured between 29 February and 30 April 2020. Reportedly, 16,190 messages were received, promoting a hand sanitising gel. During their investigation the ICO found that Digital Growth Experts … Read more

Why your cookie banner is probably breaking the law and what you should do about it

Is your cookie banner breaking the law? Probably. Most website owners will remember the rush many years ago, to comply with the “EU Cookie Law”. The original 2011 directive made cookie notices a part of internet life. But it didn’t really do much for people’s privacy. Compliance was at best — patchy. Some of us … Read more

Security firm fined under GDPR after employee used WhatsApp to transfer personal information

WhatsApp on Phone

On the 10th July 2020, the AEPD – Spain’s data protection authority initiated a sanctioning procedure to fine the Barcelona Airport Security Guard Association (AVSAB) under the GDPR. The case found that a member of the AVSAB security group had used WhatsApp to send messages to private phone numbers containing personal information about employees.  The … Read more

Spanish Data Authority (AEPD) fines e-commerce website €3,000 for unlawful cookie practices

Phone & Earphones

On 6 August 2020, the AEPD (Spain’s data authority) decided to fine Grow Beats SL, an e-commerce company that targets a young audience to sell audio equipment like earphones and speakers, €3,000 for unlawful cookie practices. The fine relates to their unlawful use of cookies on the website. Specifically, that there mechanism was established to … Read more