The ICO investigate LG after Data Protection Act breach claims
UK based IT consultant, Jason Huntley, revealed that LG smart TV’s are recording viewing preferences even when privacy settings are activated. Huntley discovered that in addition to his viewing preferences, LG even recorded private files stored on his external USB drives and the information was sent over the Internet back to LG in a clear text, unencrypted format easily accessible by anyone.
"We will be making enquiries into the circumstances of the alleged breach of the Data Protection Act before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken,” an ICO spokesman said. The fact remains however that even if LG is not using the data, it remains unencrypted online in plain text, easily accessible by hackers.
Companies must make sure that any personal information they hold is stored in an encrypted format, and must be careful that they do not store unnecessary personal information to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act. Breach of The Data Protection Act may result in criminal prosecutions, published undertakings and fines of up to £500,000. This in turn can cause various repercussions including loss of business and damage to reputation. When storing data with Redstor, data is encrypted at your site, prior to transit, and only you have access to the encryption key. This means no one, not even us, can access your data. We store data in 2 geographically separate UK locations and once the data is on our platform it remains encrypted at all times. Redstoris 100% privately UK owned and based, and can guarantee your customer’s data privacy will not be breached.
Security and data protection are at the forefront of Redstor’s offerings and we promise full compliance with the Data Protection Act. Redstor’s range of secure, encrypted services for the public and private sectors ensure that the burden of maintaining compliance with the Data Protection Act is made easier and can be achieved more cost-effectively. Our Offsite Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our cloud sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective centralised device management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].