WHAT HAPPENED IN THE AMAZON DATA BREACH?
Amazon customers have had their names and email addresses put at risk in the latest high-profile data breach. The personal information was divulged on the online retailer’s website.
Rather than being caused by a cyber-attack, the data breach is said to have occurred because of a technical problem.
According to Amazon, it has informed customers who may have been affected and the issue has now been fixed. Amazon also claims that there is no need for worried customers to change their passwords. However, cybersecurity experts dispute this advice and are advising customers to change their passwords on Amazon, and on any other accounts that use the same password. Certainly, cybercriminals can do plenty of damage with this information.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is aware of the situation. The ICO is the UK independent authority charged with upholding information rights in the public interest, and promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
The ICO has the power to impose hefty fines on organisations who fail to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act. While the ICO does not award compensation, you have the right to ask the ICO to assess an organisation if you think it is guilty of a breach. You can then use this information to support a data protection compensation claim.