British Pregnancy Advisory Service £200,000 data protection fine

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has received a £200,000 fine for breaching the Data Protection Act after an anti-abortion hacker gained access to the personal details of almost 10,000 people through the charity’s website.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reported that the charity had not realised its site was collecting the names, addresses, dates of birth and telephone numbers of people asking for a call-back about advice or counselling on pregnancy and sexual health issues and so failed to secure it properly. This, along with weaknesses in the website’s code, allowed a hacker to gain access to sensitive information that the ICO says was stored unnecessarily, which he later threatened to publish…

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