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Irish legal news 6.10.20

In order for those maintaining innocence off crime, the loss of any of their information is more than a breach of data protection, it is a breach of human rights when the falsely accused are found guilty in court through lack of the correct evidence supporting their case. You only need to look at Liam Allen’s case to see the tip of the iceberg. Why are there no prosecutions of those responsible?

Margaret FASO 14.10.20

England: Prosecutors guilty of over 1,500 data breaches in the last year

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has recorded 1,627 data breaches over the entirety of the 2019-20 financial year, up from 1,378 in the previous financial year, according to official figures.

The data, contained in the annual CPS report and analysed by Griffin Law, a UK litigation practice, also revealed that 59 incidents were so severe that they were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Analysis revealed that these incidents potentially affected up to 1,346 people.

The period from January to March saw by far the largest quantity of severe personal data incidents, with 21 data handling incidents leading to loss of ABE and media discs, as well as an additional 18 incidents of unauthorised disclosure of case information, impacting a whopping 1,233 people in total.

By comparison, just 11 incidents of unauthorised disclosures of case information affected 56 people in the period of October to December 2019, 12 data handling incidents and unauthorised disclosures of case information impacted 34 people in January to March, and 23 people were impacted in April to June 2019 by 15 total personal data incidents.

In total, 1,463 of the total data breaches recorded over the entire financial year, were due to unauthorised disclosure of information, with 78 being considered ‘severe’. A further 143 of the total incidents were due to loss of electronic media and paper, and in 22 of these instances, the data was never recovered. Finally, the final 21 reported cases were due to loss of devices, including laptops, tablets and mobile phones, although only one of these devices was not eventually recovered, and no CPS data was compromised as a result.

Donal Blaney, principal, Griffin Law, said: “The government’s nonchalance over these persistent threats to the UK’s national cyber security is troubling. In the light of international concerns surrounding hacking and ransoms, not to mention the missing ‘papers’ included in this report from the ICO, can we be sure there aren’t more incidents that go unreported or undetected?

“These charts reveal very little follow-up action is ever taken and that every faith is placed in the encryption software installed on government-issued devices. To state that, ‘no CPS data has been compromised’ is a very bold claim and one which, in my opinion, requires further clarity.”

Cyber expert Andy Harcup, VP, Absolute Software, added: “The Crown Prosecution Service oversees some of the most sensitive data imaginable, from confidential case files to personal details of witnesses and victims in criminal trials. Against this backdrop, these figures paint a worrying picture of the organisation’s approach to data and device security, with many incidents appearing to put the safety of individuals at risk and some so serious they required notification of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

“Moving forward, the CPS needs to up its game, with a much more rigorous approach to securing personal data. Key to this effort is ensuring that every mobile device or laptop is protected and retrievable, so that they can be wiped or frozen in the event of loss or theft. Additionally, staff need better training on how to reduce data loss incidents, to preserve the integrity and public trust in the CPS brand.”

Scottish Legal News 12/10/20

No-one, we all agree should suffer Domestic abuse, but that also includes men/others, as we here on our helpline – so when there is certainty, and false allegations have been identified. what happens to the falsely accused person made homeless.? Nothing! as nothing is done about the wrong allegation and righting it by those who have caused it. There is no apparent engagement with the Male domestic violence groups, on this issue that FASO are aware of – that begs the question! why not? Margaret FASO 14.10.20

More protection for Domestic Abuse victims

Police and courts will gain powers to remove suspected abusers from victims’ homes and ban them from re‑entering under new legislation published today.

The Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, if passed by Parliament, will also allow social landlords to end or transfer a tenancy of a perpetrator of domestic abuse to prevent a victim becoming homeless and enabling them to remain in the family home.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of protecting women and girls who find themselves isolated and vulnerable due to the actions of an abusive partner.

“This new bill will apply to all those at risk of domestic abuse, but we know women are disproportionally affected, representing 80 per cent of victims. A person’s home should be a place of safety and the new orders being introduced will give victims of domestic abuse space and time to address their longer term safety and housing situation.

“The bill builds on our legislation that came into force last year giving police and prosecutors greater powers to target those who engage in coercive or controlling behaviour.

“The Scottish government is determined to protect everyone from domestic abuse and, at the same time, we will continue to implement our Equally Safe strategy with a focus on supporting women and children at risk of abuse.”

Dr Marsha Scott, chief executive of Scottish Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic abuse is the leading cause of women’s homelessness in Scotland, with women often facing the impossible choice between living with an abuser and making themselves and their children homeless.

“We have long said that Emergency Protective Orders will make an immediate and significant difference for those women and children, offering them respite and breathing space as they seek support and safety. The role of social landlords is also key in this, and so new powers to allow them to help survivors of domestic abuse to remain in the family home are welcome news.

“We look forward to continued engagement with colleagues from all parties to strengthen the legislation even further as it makes its way through Parliament.”

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