Identity theft rises by 31% in first quarter of 2015

Identity Theft….The Growing Problem

Statistics published yesterday by fraud prevention agency Cifas show that the number of UK individuals affected by identity theft rose by a third in the first quarter of 2015.

Cifas said that 32,058 people fell victim in the first three months of 2015, up 31% year-on-year. 80% of these instances were conducted online.

DataIdentity theft typically involves cyber criminals using or selling personal data, including credit card details, to purchase products or services, or to create fake identities. On the dark net and in ‘fraud forums’, credit card details – including the three-digit security code and the personal information required to make online transactions – can be purchased for as little as £5.

Simon Dukes, Cifas chief executive, said:

“What these figures show is that identity fraud continues to be the most serious fraud threat and that the first quarter of the year has been a very profitable one for organised identity criminals.

“Fraud figures fluctuate over time, as fraudsters adapt and try new ways of achieving their aims. Our data is just the tip of the iceberg – more needs to be done to identify the true scale of fraud in the UK and educate individuals about the dangers and the steps that can be taken to protect themselves.”

According to Immigration Minister James Brokenshire, this type of crime costs individuals in the UK “billions of pounds every year”.

Identity_theftWhen going online, handle your personal information with care. Use strong passwords on websites and don’t re-use them; don’t give out personal information on social networking sites and ensure that your computer’s security programs are up to date.

Identity theft is an unpleasant experience and unfortunately it’s on the rise. Stay vigilant and don’t make it easy for the cyber criminals.

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Identity theft: On the trail of fraudsters in the UK

Identity Theft – UK problem on the rise

The number of people falling victim to identity theft in the UK has risen by almost a third, new figures suggest.

Identity_theftThe BBC has learned that criminals are increasingly using internet forums to buy and sell data.

They use the information to open bank accounts, obtain credit cards and commit fraud in other people’s names.

Click Here For The BBC News Story

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South Wales Police fined £160k for losing DVDs containing evidence in sexual abuse case

The information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined South Wales Police £160,000 for losing DVDs containing evidence in a sexual abuse case.

PoliceThe DVDs, which contained an interview with a victim who had been sexually abused as a child, were unencrypted and left in a desk drawer.

The investigating officer responsible for securing the DVDs became aware of the DVDs going missing during an internal office move in 2011.

An ICO report says: “The investigation officer’s line manager was not aware of a procedure for reporting security breaches. As a result, the data controller was not aware that the DVDs has been lost until August 2013”.

The victim’s face was clearly visible in the interviews, and the perpetrators were also named. If the DVDs were to get into the wrong hands, it would cause even more distress for the victim.

Data Protection Act

The loss of the DVDs was a clear breach of the Data Protection Act.

The ICO suggest that the following measures would have prevented the breach and the time it took to report:

  • “Centralised storage of the DVDs/log;
  • “Usage procedures/log;
  • “Secure storage of master copies; and
  • “Regular training in relation to reporting procedure following a security breach.”

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Schools, businesses and hospitals face recycling law

Schools, hospitals and businesses will have to separate their waste for recycling under new legislation being put forward in Wales.

Ministers want to improve on the estimated 38% of business waste being recycled at the moment.

The new environment bill also plans to extend charging on plastic bags to “bags for life”.

A “state of the nation” environment report will have to be published every five years before assembly elections.

Details of the bill, which has been three years in the making, have been published and if it is passed it will become law next year.

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The highlights include:

  • Extending the 5p charges on supermarket carrier bags to “bags for life” – not including hessian bags – which will see proceeds go to charities after retailers’ costs are taken into account.
  • Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will be tasked with reporting on how well we are looking after nature, land, water and air – with a five-yearly report which will inform policy.
  • Businesses, schools and hospitals will be expected to separate card, wood and food wastes by 2017.
  • Five yearly targets on cutting greenhouse gas emissions – and by at least 80% by 2050.
  • A ban on food waste ending up in sewers – to stop the likes of “fatbergs” developing like the one found in Cardiff earlier this year
  • NRW will also have to produce area reports on the “bigger picture” of local environments – and work with other public bodies like councils more closely.

    The Full story can be seen and read here: BBC Wales News

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Erecycler Website Gets Responsive Make-Over

Erecycler Website updated.

Our window to the world has been updated to a new refreshing and responsive website.

Castlewood Media completed the task within a week taking the old site and bringing it up to new technology specification. Our new site now interacts with Tablets, Notebooks and Smart Phones thanks to this important upgrade.

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EU Data Protection Regulations – Are you Ready?

The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force in March 2001, replacing the Data Protection Act 1984.

The EU Data Protection Directive (also known as Directive 95/46/EC) is a directive adopted by the European Union designed to protect the privacy and protection of all personal data collected for or about citizens of the EU, especially as it relates to processing, using, or exchanging such data.

The Data Protection Act is how the UK implements the European Directive.European Union

A draft for changes in the EU Data Protection Regulation is being debated in the European Parliament. This is likely to have a major impact on the UK’s Data Protection Act.

Are you ready for the change?

Current Law

  • Only Telecoms and Public Sectors obligated to report data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s O­ffice (ICO)
  • No rule on when data breach should be reported
  • Maximum for a data breach of £500,000

Proposed New Law

  • ALL sectors will be obligated to report data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Offi­ce (ICO)
  • Data breaches to be reported within 48hrs of the breach occurring
  • Maximum for a data breach of €100,000,000 or 2% of turnover, whichever is the greatest
  • All businesses and organisations with 250+ employees required to employ a Data Protection offi­cer

Top tips to help prepare for the new laws:

  • Check your data handlers, and the contracts you have in place with them. Are they compliant?
  • Look into employing a Data Protection offi­cer if you don’t already have one in place
  • Don’t just rely on a Data Protection offi­cer. Data protection should be everyone’s responsibility.
  • Implement organisation wide training and education on how to keep data secure
  • Make sure your data is tracked, when in use, in transit, in storage and being destroyed
  • Ask your data management and security providers for support
  • Introduce a “shred-all” policy to be sure all confidential documents are properly disposed

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Serious Fraud Office fined £180,000 for “astounding” lapse

Serious Fraud Office fined £180,000 for “astounding” lapse

File this one under ‘I for Irony’: that bastion of law and order, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), has been fined £180,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) NCAfollowing the accidental disclosure of evidence to a witness in a serious fraud, bribery and corruption case.

A statement from the ICO explains that, following an investigation in to “allegations that senior executives at BAE Systems had received payments, including two properties worth over £6 million, as part of an arms deal with Saudi Arabia”, which was closed in February 2010, the SFO “began returning evidence documents”.

Unfortunately, many documents – over 400 evidence bagsful, in fact – were mistakenly sent to a witness, who then disclosed the information to the Sunday Times, which published several articles based on the material they contained. These bags contained the personal information of third parties, including “bank statements… hospital invoices, DVLA documents and passport details.”

ICO deputy commissioner and director of data protection David Smith said:

“People will be quite rightly shocked that the Serious Fraud Office failed to keep the information of so many individuals connected to such a high-profile case secure.

“Given how high-profile this case was, and how sensitive the evidence being returned to witnesses potentially was, it is astounding that the SFO got this wrong.”

An investigation by the ICO found that the evidence had been sent by “a temporary worker who had received minimal training and had no direct supervision.”

The SFO has since recovered 98% of the documents.

Data Protection Act

All organisations in the UK that hold or process personal data must comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The ICO can issue fines of up to £500,000 for noncompliance.

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