UK: Complaints Double, Domain Registrations Decrease and Spam Remains Steady since GDPR Introduction

September 1, 2018


New figures issued by law company EMW in relation to grievances received by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the United Kingdom have disclosed that the number of data protection grievances presented to the office has doubled since the European Union’s General Data Protection regulation was launched on May 25 this year.

ICO disclosed that the office got 6,281 data grievances between May 25 and July 3. This signifies a quick increase from the 2,417 data protection grievances recorded during the same period in 2017. This disclosure indicates the fact that companies storing confidential private information, including those in the financial sector, education and health were the subject of the most complaints. These constitute 25% of the total number of grievances presented.

In the press release from EMW, principal James Geary said: “A titanic surge in grievances is very worrying for several companies, considering the scale of the penalties that can now be levied. There are some dissatisfied people ready to use the complete extent of GDPR that will create a substantial workload for companies. We have seen that several companies are presently trying to manage the load generated by the GDPR, whether or not that relates to the application of the GDPR or reportable data safety breach occurrences.”

GDPR law imposes severe financial fines of up to €20 million (£16.5m) or four percent of international annual income. Under the preceding data rule regime in the UK, the maximum penalty was capped at £500,000.

Spam Levels Continue Stable while Web Domain Registrations Decline

In the meantime, a separate report by US technology titan Cisco has disclosed that the level of spams messages noted has not declined since GDPR was launched. On May 1, 2018, the total volume of electronic mails recorded was 433.9 billion messages; spam accounted for 370.04 billion messages or 85.28 percent of all electronic mails. Nevertheless, as per an analysis of the same usage on August 1, 2018, the total volume of messages recorded was 361.83 billion with 85.14 percent, or 308.05 billion messages, classified as spam.

Cisco Talos noted 358 billion electronic mails in July. 85.23% of this amount were classified as spam. Even when electronic mail volumes customarily fall to holidays and other factors, spam levels remain about 85%. In July 2018 spam was broadcast from 230 different countries. United States, Brazil, and China are the main announcers of spam with each accountable for 8.6%. The Russian Federation (8.3%), Poland (8.2%) and India (8.1%) follow next.

The Talos Safety Intelligence and Research Group (Talos) is comprised of prominent threat scientists helped by sophisticated systems to formulate danger intelligence for Cisco products that finds, analyzes and safeguards against both known and newly-developed dangers to cybersecurity.

Average daily new domain registrations have really decreased a tad since May 25, 2018. For the month leading to the May 25 launch date of the GDPR law, as per Recorded Future, an internet technology business specializing in real-time danger intelligence. The business noted an average of over 223,500 new domain recordings daily. From May 26 to July 2, 2018, the average number of new domain recordings was 213,300 — a minor reduction of 10,000 new domain recordings per day.