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Watchdog Fines Firm Over 'Unprecedented' Data Breach

Law360, London (April 12, 2019, 2:14 PM BST) -- Britain’s data regulator said Friday it has slapped a parenthood company with a £400,000 ($525,000) fine for illegally disclosing personal data belonging to more than 14 million people in what it described as an “unprecedented” case.

An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office found that Bounty UK Ltd. shared personal information about new mothers and babies with 39 credit reference and advertising agencies without permission.

The company disclosed approximately 34.4 million records to the organizations between June 2017 and April 2018. Bounty, a pregnancy and parenting club, failed to make clear to customers when it was compiling the data that it...

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