In case anyone thought that data breaches, even when carried out at a personal level, were viewed as trivial and of little consequence, a case today suggests otherwise. A motor industry worker has not only been jailed for 6 months but ordered to pay a massive £33,500, which may come as a shock to some. His crime? Taking data regarding customers body repairs and passing them on to a claims management company, presumably for an intro fee of some sort. If he fails to come up with the money then his sentence will be extended by 12 months. No laughing matter, but customers alerted the firm in question because of a significant increase in complaints about unsolicited claims management calls. So they looked and quickly found out why.

Tesla has suffered an embarrassing week in the States, with the press carrying details of alleged poor practice at their manufacturing centre in California. Faced with massive production targets last year, they apparently set up temporary production lines. 12 months later these are still rumoured to be in temporary tents, rather than under permanent cover. The report also suggests that production workers are buying electrical tape in Walmart and using it tape back on components that have fallen off or have split. This comes in the wake of the news that in a recent customer survey Tesla was 51st out of 51 manufacturers for reliability. Still, on the bright side, the only way is up.

Teresa May seems to have got her cheque-book out, and Jaguar has certainly benefited from a £500 million loan guarantee to persuade them to build electric vehicles in the UK. Of course, under EU rules state aid cannot be given, but loans can be guaranteed. One might wonder, cynically, whether there was any mechanism in the future, provided we were out of the EU of course, to write these loans off. I have no idea, and I’m sure many will tell me that is simply not possible.

Have a great weekend, I hope you enjoy golf, there’s plenty of it on the box.

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