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A Data Breach Is Your Fault!

by Adam Brogden
in Blog

15-Jul-2019 14:14

The ICO is about to fine Marriott hotels almost £100M after a huge data breach. The records of over 300M customers were put at risk due to vulnerabilities in their IT systems. This is pretty exceptional and you might be thinking that this sort of problem will never happen to you, but the point here is more about responsibility.

The IT problem happened in a part of Marriott that they bought in 2016 but Marriott failed to secure their IT systems and as a result suffered the breach. The ICO accepts that this happened but still fined them £100M! No excuse really, GDPR makes accountability clear and the consequence of failure pretty clear also.

Whether you have 300M records or 3000 records you must make sure your systems are secure and that you take all reasonable precautions to protect that data. You are responsible for this – it would be your fault is a breach occurred. Don’t risk it! Talk to your IT supplier now – take a look at our online test tools – or just call us to discuss what you need to do.

Here is the note from the ICO:


“The GDPR makes it clear that organisations must be accountable for the personal data they hold. This can include carrying out proper due diligence when making a corporate acquisition, and putting in place proper accountability measures to assess not only what personal data has been acquired, but also how it is protected.

“Personal data has a real value so organisations have a legal duty to ensure its security, just like they would do with any other asset. If that doesn’t happen, we will not hesitate to take strong action when necessary to protect the rights of the public.”


Make sure you take appropriate precautions, don’t risk a fine!

Good luck all.

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