Find a service

T. 0114 276 5555

Put Privacy First - Legal Expert Urges Companies After LinkedIn Password Leak

Share this page:

Following the news that millions of LinkedIn passwords have been published by a Russian hacker, data protection expert Deborah Niven of law firm hlw Keeble Hawson – which has offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster - is warning companies to raise their game when it comes to data protection and privacy policies.

hlw Keeble Hawson LogoMs Niven said: “With an increase in social media and online businesses that require a registration process, allowing access to sensitive personal data, companies must put users’ security and privacy to the forefront. Businesses need to gain their users’ trust by having transparent policies on data protection and putting strict security measures in place .”

The latest scandal, which saw LinkedIn’s shares drop in value, comes hot on the heels of a change to the UK’s privacy and electronic communications law and another high profile instance of alleged hacking, this time of 1.5 million passwords on dating website eHarmony.

Ms Niven has highlighted the obligations on data controllers to comply with the eight data protection principles laid down by the Data Protection Act 1998 - especially in light of the rising value of data that can be sold or licensed (with a user’s consent), making it a growing target for unscrupulous hackers.

Ms Niven added: “The LinkedIn incident shows what a detrimental effect this kind of privacy breach can have on the bottom line of a business, not only in share value but also in terms of loss of reputation. Aside from the obvious inconvenience and concern caused to website users, any breaches in privacy are likely to result in bad publicity, a severe impact on the value of a company – and also the potential for investigation by the Information Commissioner.”

Share this page:

Get in Touch