Beyond our Shores - June

Published: 2 July 2024

On 1 June 2024, Ticketmaster owner Live Nation confirmed "unauthorised activity" on its database after a group of hackers said they had stolen the personal details of 560 million customers. Shiny Hunters, the group claiming responsibility, says the stolen data includes names, addresses, phone numbers and partial credit card details from Ticketmaster users worldwide:  Ticketmaster confirms data hack - BBC News

On 1 June 2024, Wired magazine warned that the Ticketmaster and Santander data breaches linked to attacks against cloud provider Snowflake could be ‘just the beginning’: The Ticketmaster Data Breach May Be Just the Beginning | WIRED

On 3 June 2024, according to stats released by outgoing UK data and digital infrastructure minister Julia Lopez, the number of entities registered as personal data processors is now approaching a total of 1.2 million. The number of organisations registered with the UK’s data-protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has increased almost threefold in a period of six years: Number of ICO-registered organisations rises 160% since GDPR – PublicTechnology

On 4 June 2024, Microsoft was accused of likely tracking hundreds of thousands of European schoolchildren's data through its education software deployed in schools across the continent, according to advocacy group NOYB. The two complaints to the Austrian privacy watchdog focus on Microsoft’s 365 Education suite for students, which includes Word, Excel, Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint and Outlook.

On 5 June 2024, the chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre blamed Russian hackers for the cyber attack on a number of major London hospitals: 'Russian criminals' behind London hospitals cyber attack - BBC News

On 5 June 2024, TikTok says cyberattack targeted ‘high-profile accounts’ such as CNN:

On 7 June 2024, Meta announced changes to their privacy policies which mean from 26 June 2024 it will start using publicly posted content across Facebook and Instagram from users over 18 to train new Meta AI products. It’s prompted Austrian privacy watchdog NOYB to lodge complaints in 11 European countries over Meta’s data use for AI:

On 10 June 2024, the ICO and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada launched a joint investigation into the 23andMe data breach that happened in October 2023. The genetic testing firm studies people’s DNA data in collaboration with researchers to discover novel treatments for patients. It also operates an ancestry service:

On 17 June, the US Surgeon General said that social media apps should carry tobacco-style warning labels for users: US surgeon general says social media apps need warning labels (

On 20 June, the BBC reported that the UK Post Office had launched an urgent investigation after it accidentally published the names and addresses of 555 postmasters prosecuted during the Horizon scandal: Post Office accidentally leaks names of sub-postmasters - BBC News

On 20 June, the Belgian Presidency of the EU failed to obtain the support it needed to pass ‘chat control’ and removed the vote from the agenda, suspending it indefinitely. Al Jazeera called the law “Orwellian”: http://‘Orwellian’: EU’s push to mass scan private messages on WhatsApp, Signal (

On 28 June, the BBC reported an attempted cyber attack on the States of Guernsey: Attempted cyber attack on the States of Guernsey - Island FM