GDPR & Recaptcha: How to stay compliant with GDPR

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Google Recaptcha is a great tool for preventing spam and abuse of your website. It’s easy to integrate, effective and free. What’s not to like? Well, while this tool is great for preventing spam, it can create another set of problems for you in terms of GDPR compliance.  In this article we will explore how … Read more

GDPR & Google Analytics 4: What you need to know

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Thinking of switching to the new Google Analytics 4? Stay GDPR compliant by reading our short guide where we’ll outline the areas you should pay the most attention to when making the switch. Switching to Google Analytics 4 gives marketers & site managers a wide range benefits: Machine learning: access to automatic insights and improved … Read more

ICO fines protein e-commerce company Muscle Foods Limited for sending millions of marketing messages without valid consent

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Over seven months, the ICO estimates that protein retailing e-commerce company Muscle Food sent 135,651,627 marketing emails and 6,354,426 marketing SMS messages without valid consent. The ICO have issued Muscle Foods Limited, trading as Muscle Food, a monetary penalty notice and enforcement notice imposing a fine of £50,000 for sending approximately 135,651,627 marketing emails and … Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

ICO Fine Cathay Pacific £500,000 for failing to protect customers’ data

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On the 4th March 2020 the ICO reported that they will fine Hong-Kong based airline Cathay Pacific £500,000 for failing to protect customer’s personal data – under the data protection act.  The ruling is the result of an investigation by the ICO into Cathay Pacific following a high-profile data-breach which exposed the personal details of … Read more