News stories posted during October 2011

UK Data Protection E-news - August 2011

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31/08/2011 by:

ICO publishes first private sector audit reports Current law fails to protect privacy Guernsey and Jersey consider joint DP Commissioner Government seeks views on a UK Bill of Rights Consultation on Open Data launched ICO consults on monetary...

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UK Data Protection E-news - July 2011

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07/07/2011 by:

ICO wants more private sector companies to volunteer for audits 1. ICO wants more private sector companies to volunteer for audits At the launch of his Annual Report today, the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, emphasised the need for...

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UK Data Protection E-news - June 2011

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13/06/2011 by:

Court imposes fine of £73,700 on former T-Mobile employees ICO fines council £120,000 ICO website complies with cookie rules but provides no answers Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, says no to Directive revision Bribery Act in force 1 July 1....

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UK Data Protection E-news - May 2011

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09/05/2011 by:

UK companies given one year to find solutions to cookie-consent Information Commissioner’s term of office proposed to be seven years Former ACS Law owner fined just £1,000 ICO publishes data sharing code ICO issues cookie advice 1. UK companies...

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UK Data Protection E-news - April 2011

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20/04/2011 by:

PECR unwanted marketing phone call and e-mail breaches now punishable by £500,000 fine UK will require cookie consent but no immediate enforcement 1. PECR unwanted marketing phone call and e-mail breaches now punishable by £500,000 fine Amendments...

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UK Data Protection E-news - March 2011

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10/03/2011 by:

17,000 student records breached Bill of Rights on the agenda Government proposals for cookie compliance by end of March DMA suspends lead generation company from membership 1 . 17,000 student records breached The University of York has disclosed...

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UK Data Protection E-news - February 2011

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21/02/2011 by:

ICO seeks examples of cookie compliance Your views sought on ICO guidance Protection of Freedoms Bill will be debated 1 March Protection of Freedoms Bill announced ICO fines two councils £80,000 and £70,000 Two more fines are imminent, ICO says...

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UK Data Protection E-news - January 2011

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11/01/2011 by:

The Information Commissioner will become fully independent of the Ministry of Justice 1. The Information Commissioner will become fully independent of the Ministry of Justice The Information Commissioner’s Office has been requesting for a long tim...

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UK Data Protection E-news - November 2010

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03/11/2010 by:

ICO serves first fines: £100,000 and £60,000 UK Information Commissioner resolves complaint against Google’s collection of Wi-Fi data ICO’s first fine before the end of November Free Data Protection Act compliance audits now available ICO expects...

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UK Data Protection E-news - October 2010

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01/10/2010 by:

EU Commission takes UK to court Government proposes lenient cookie regime but a data breach notification duty on providers of electronic communications services to include fines and criminal penalties Consultation on Bribery Act 2010 ICO responds ...

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UK Data Protection E-news - September 2010

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17/09/2010 by:

Ministry replies to EU Commission’s reasoned opinion Virgin in breach of Committee of Advertising (CAP) Code The ICO issues a new toolkit for charities 1. Ministry replies to EU Commission’s reasoned opinion The government met the deadline for...

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UK Data Protection E-news - August 2010

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06/08/2010 by:

ICO not taking legal action over Google WiFi data collection 1. ICO not taking legal action over Google WiFi data collection A spokesperson for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said on 29 July: “The ICO has visited Google’s premises to...

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UK Data Protection E-news - July 2010

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08/07/2010 by:

Government asks for views about DP laws Government publishes action timetable on rights and Freedom of Information 1. Government asks for views about DP laws The Ministry of Justice announced, on 6 July, a call for evidence on the working of the...

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UK Data Protection E-news - June 2010

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18/06/2010 by:

1,000 + data breaches reported to the ICO and HMRC discloses personal data again Data sharing guidance by December Two NHS trusts sign Undertakings with ICO EU Commission gives UK two months to grant the ICO more powers 1. 1,000 + data breaches...

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UK Data Protection E-news - May 2010

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12/05/2010 by:

New UK government announces coalition agreement on civil liberties including the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act Coalition government establishes a Commission to evaluate human rights 1. New UK government announces coalition...

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UK Data Protection E-news - April 2010

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15/04/2010 by:

Consultation on ICO corporate plan closes tomorrow New rules on collecting children’s 1. Consultation on ICO corporate plan closes tomorrow The Information Commissioner’s (ICO’s) draft corporate plan for 2010-2013 says it wants to be a strong...

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UK Data Protection E-news - March 2010

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03/03/2010 by:

Fines in place for Data Protection Act offences from 6 April ICO makes a business case for privacy Custodial sentences postponed Orange exposes customer email addresses New rules on collecting children’s data 1. Fines in place for Data Protection...

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UK Data Protection E-news - February 2010

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10/02/2010 by:

ICO consults on how it plans to conduct audits 1. ICO consults on how it plans to conduct audits The ICO has today issued for consultation a draft code, which explains how the Commissioner intends to  use his extended data protection audit powers...

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UK Data Protection E-news - January 2010

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14/01/2010 by:

£500,000 DP fine in force from 6 April DMA launches standard for direct marketers 1. £500,000 DP fine in force from 6 April The Government has confirmed that the maximum monetary fine for serious breaches of the DP Act will be £500,000. A draft...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 100

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14/12/2009 by:

ICO urges businesses to work with it on online privacy ICO launches new guidance on DP Act Verity Trustees guilty of losing 110,000 personal records 1. ICO urges businesses to work with it on online privacy Information Commissioner Christopher...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 99

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18/11/2009 by:

T-Mobile suffers data blunder 1. T-Mobile suffers data blunder T-Mobile staff has been selling personal data relating to customers’ mobile phone contracts to third parties. The company alerted the ICO when it suspected wrongdoing. It is alleged th...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 98

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11/11/2009 by:

Government proposes £500,000 upper limit for data protection fines 1. Government proposes £500,000 upper limit for data protection fines The United Kingdom Government proposes to set the maximum penalty for serious breaches of the Data Protection...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 97

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05/11/2009 by:

EU pressing UK to step into line regarding interception Police retains right to hold data on minor criminal convictions Parliamentary group calls for opt-in for behavioural advertising 1. EU pressing UK to step into line regarding interception The...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 96

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21/10/2009 by:

Government proposes two year jail term for blagging No dramatic changes expected to ICO enforcement approach ICO takes enforcement action on unsolicited faxes 1. Government proposes two year jail term for blagging Jail sentences for knowingly or...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 95

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01/10/2009 by:

New notification fees enter into force today 1. New notification fees enter into force today Parliament has approved the new notification fees which are £500 per annum for large organisations and continue at £35 per annum for smaller organisations...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 94

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07/09/2009 by:

Graham argues his case for custodial penalty How to make a business case for privacy: contributions sought ICO working on code of practice for online data 1. Graham argues his case for custodial penalty Giving evidence on 2 September on press...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 93

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04/08/2009 by:

ICO imposes Enforcement Notices on 14 construction firms and employees plan legal action for compensation 1. ICO imposes Enforcement Notices on 14 construction firms and employees plan legal action for compensation The Information Commissioner (IC...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 92

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22/07/2009 by:

FSA fines HSBC over £3m for data loss 1. FSA fines HSBC over £3m for data loss The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today announced that it has fined three HSBC firms over £3 million for not having adequate DP systems and controls in place....

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 91

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10/07/2009 by:

New notification fees from October New Privacy Notices Code of Practice New Privacy Impact Assessment handbook now available Government commits to encryption 1. New notification fees from October Notification fee regulations, laid before Parliamen...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 90

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12/06/2009 by:

ICO launches its Privacy Notices Code of Practice today New Data Protection Standard Personal Data Guardianship Code released ICO preparing statutory Code of Practice for online data collection 1. ICO launches its Privacy Notices Code of Practice...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 89

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15/05/2009 by:

No to central communications database ICO strengthens its audit function EU opinion: UK privacy law inadequate New research suggests harm-based approach for data protection ICO takes enforcement action against the British Council for serious data...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 88

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27/04/2009 by:

RIPA consultation launched PL&B survey addresses likelihood of data breach legislation across Europe RIPA allows bugging of lawyers’ communications Data Retention Regulations on Internet data now in force New self-regulatory guidelines for online...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 87

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13/03/2009 by:

Data sharing provision for private sector may be dropped ICO stops the selling of employees’ confidential data DMA launches new data security standard ASA ruling on explicit consent 1. Data sharing provision for private sector may be dropped Claus...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 86

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11/02/2009 by:

Justice Committee shows green light to Christopher Graham to become the new Information Commissioner ICO consults on Privacy Notices Code of Practice Consultation on new British Standard for data protection Coroners and Justice Bill to Public Bill...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 85

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15/01/2009 by:

Consultation launched on a new British data protection standard ASA boss recommended to be the new Information Commissioner New Guidance for local government on data handling Education and Skills Act has DP implications 1. Consultation launched on...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 84

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22/12/2008 by:

European Court’s ruling will have a major impact on how the UK police operates The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to be reviewed in 2009 Financial Services Authority warns shareholders of threat to personal data Leeds city council loses...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 83

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08/12/2008 by:

European Court of Human Rights rules that the United Kingdom’s DNA storage violates privacy right 1. European Court of Human Rights rules that the United Kingdom’s DNA storage violates privacy right A Grand Chamber of 17 judges of the European Cou...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 82

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26/11/2008 by:

ICO will get more funding and new powers but will not conduct mandatory private sector audits Your priorities for the year ahead? 1. ICO will get more funding and new powers but will not conduct mandatory private sector audits The Government has...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 81

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18/11/2008 by:

New code on data sharing Inquiry into security breach of Atos-run government site House of Lords does not agree with retention of DNA and fingerprints Have your say about DP in CBI survey What are your top three priorities for the year ahead? 1. N...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 80

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20/10/2008 by:

Communications draft bill expected soon EDS loses data on 100,000 armed forces personnel ICO finds Liberal  Democrats in breach of PERC Virgin Media found in breach of DP Act 1. Communications draft bill expected soon The Home Office is working on...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 79

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18/09/2008 by:

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act soon in force £22,000 for malicious Facebook entry PA consulting loses contract after data loss Complimentary PL&B webcast: International privacy laws that impact your business Cambridge conference papers...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 78

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29/08/2008 by:

Local councils to have access to 12 months of telecoms and e-mail records ICO commissions report on Privacy by Design Google Streetview is acceptable, says ICO 1. Local councils to have access to 12 months of telecoms and e-mail records The...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 77

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30/07/2008 by:

Consultation on private sector audits and more 1. Consultation on private sector audits and more The Ministry of Justice is currently consulting on how the Information Commissioner’s powers should be strengthened. The consultation, launched on 17...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 76

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23/07/2008 by:

Private sector audits and obligation to reveal third party lists on ICO radar Ministry of Justice supports increased powers for ICO M&S enforcement notice cancelled ICO serves enforcement notices to HMRC and MOD 1. Private sector audits and...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 75

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24/06/2008 by:

FSA fines stockbroking firm £77,000 for lapses in data security before any data is lost MPs call for data minimisation ICO publishes guidance on business transfers ICO not taking action against Phorm or BT 1. FSA fines stockbroking firm £77,000 fo...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 74

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12/05/2008 by:

ICO wins power to impose substantial fines for data breaches 1. ICO wins power to impose substantial fines for data breaches Organisations now face substantial fines for deliberately or recklessly committing serious breaches of the Data Protection...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 73

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02/05/2008 by:

Criminal penalty closer to becoming reality Consultation on data matching code finishes 30.5.08 HMRC disciplined 192 staff over data breaches last year 1. Criminal penalty closer to becoming reality The House of Lords adopted an amendment to the...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 72

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02/04/2008 by:

ICO lobbying hard for new data protection sanctions Heathrow’s use of biometric data temporarily stopped by ICO ASA tells bank to respect opt-out 1. ICO lobbying hard for new data protection sanctions The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 71

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07/03/2008 by:

Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, meets the Prime Minister 1. Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, meets the Prime Minister Richard Thomas is “very confident” of the government agreeing to prison sentences for DP offences after meetin...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 70

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28/02/2008 by:

Initial privacy guidelines for RFID use FOI appeal case to shed light on ‘personal data’ concept Solicitors prosecuted for failure to notify 1. Initial privacy guidelines for RFID use The EU is currently consulting on how to ensure security and...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 69

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06/02/2008 by:

Data sharing consultation: responses sought by 15th February ‘Proportionality’ can be relevant to data searches, High Court says Privacy survey seeks your views PL&B Annual Conference: call for speakers 1. Data sharing consultation: responses soug...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 68

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15/01/2008 by:

ICO asks for mandatory audits, criminal offence and data breach notification Data protection regulator poorly funded Privacy Impact Assessments as a risk assessment tool PL&B privacy survey seeks your views 1. ICO asks for mandatory audits, crimin...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 67

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13/12/2007 by:

Information Commissioner calls for criminal sanctions, audit power and security breach notification ICO launches handbook on how to conduct privacy impact assessments 1. Information Commissioner calls for criminal sanctions, audit power and securi...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 66

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22/11/2007 by:

ICO given power to conduct spot checks on Government departments Launch of UK Privacy Survey 2007 1. ICO given power to conduct spot checks on Government departments The UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, yesterday, 21st November, announced that the...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 65

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12/10/2007 by:

Unsolicited marketing by Bluetooth now allowed New guidance on information sharing Manual records transitional arrangement to expire 1. Unsolicited marketing by Bluetooth now allowed The ICO has changed its opinion on whether unsolicited marketing...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 64

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24/09/2007 by:

Lords recommend data breach notification law EU finds several problem areas in the DPA Thomas launches critique of EU DP Directive 1. Lords recommend data breach notification law The House of Lords recommends that the Government start consultation...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 63

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03/09/2007 by:

Guidance on 'personal data' concept 1. Guidance on 'personal data' concept The ICO, on 29 August, released a document on how to interpret the concept of ‘personal data’. The move follows the publication of a lengthy document on the topic by the EU...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 62

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24/08/2007 by:

Conservative Party Policy Commission recommends repeal of the Data Protection Act 1. Conservative Party Policy Commission recommends repeal of the Data Protection Act In a report published on August 17th the Conservative Party published a policy...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 61

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14/08/2007 by:

ICO soon to publish a code for information sharing ICO consults on CCTV code EU opinion on ‘personal data’ 1. ICO soon to publish a code for information sharing The Information Commissioner’s Office yesterday launched a consultation on its new...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 60

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22/06/2007 by:

Orange and Littlewoods found in breach of DP Act The ICO is getting tougher. The Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas will be launching his consultation on his ‘New strategy and new priorities for Data Protection and Freedom of Information’ at...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 59

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12/06/2007 by:

Three men sent to prison for data protection related offence People are willing to pay for better privacy 1. Three men sent to prison for data protection related offence Leeds Crown Court sentenced three men to prison on 8 June for their involveme...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 58

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25/05/2007 by:

Information Commissioner audits HBOS 1. Information Commissioner audits HBOS The Information Commissioner has audited the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) as a result of another suspected data breach. The bank, whose chief executive signed an...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 57

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18/05/2007 by:

Manual data exemption expires in October Lords inquiry into surveillance 1. Manual data exemption expires in October The exemption under the 1998 Data Protection Act that relates to certain manual (non-digitised) records created before 24 October...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 56

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19/04/2007 by:

UK employee wins monitoring case at European court Consultation on data retention New British Standard on destroying confidential material Thomas ready for second term 1. UK employee wins monitoring case at European court The European Court of Hum...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 55

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14/03/2007 by:

ICO finds eleven banks in breach of DPA and publishes their security failings Individual wins a compensation settlement in SPAM case 1. ICO finds eleven banks in breach of DPA and publishes their security failings The Information Commissioner’s...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 54

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16/02/2007 by:

FSA fines Nationwide £980,000 for lapse in data security and warns other firms 1. FSA fines Nationwide £980,000 for lapse in data security and warns other firms The Financial Services Authority (FSA) fined the Nationwide Building Society, (the UK’...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 53

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08/02/2007 by:

Government decides on jail sentences for Data Protection Act offences 1. Government wants to relax existing data sharing laws The Government announced, on 7th February, that it plans to amend the law to enable the imposition of prison sentences fo...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 52

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16/01/2007 by:

Government wants to relax existing data sharing laws Accountancy firm fined for data protection offence 1. Government wants to relax existing data sharing laws A seminar organised yesterday, 15th January, by the Prime Minister discussed relaxing t...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 51

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15/12/2006 by:

ICO prosecutes Liverpool City Council ICO names and shames media that buy personal data 1. ICO prosecutes Liverpool City Council Following a prosecution by the Information Commissioner (ICO), Liverpool City Council has agreed to be audited by ICO...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 50

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17/11/2006 by:

Up to 10 years of imprisonment for DoS attacks ICO investigates banks’ poor data security ICO releases new training material David Smith elected Chair of Europol’s data protection supervisory body 1. Up to 10 years of imprisonment for DoS attacks...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 49

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12/10/2006 by:

ICO to investigate call centres’ data processing RFIDs and CCTV images are personal data if combined 1. ICO to investigate call centres’ data processing The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is looking into the data processing of Indian-base...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 48

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18/09/2006 by:

Government wants private and public sectors to share data Network operators and ISPs may face duty to notify security breaches ICO advice on unwanted direct marketing calls  1. Government wants private and public sectors to share data The Governme...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 47

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11/08/2006 by:

Consultation on heavier DPA penalties MPs want to delay ID cards ICO publishes Annual Report 1. Consultation on heavier DPA penalties The Government is currently consulting on whether there would be support for two years imprisonment for certain...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 46

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13/07/2006 by:

HSBC’s Indian call centre leaks UK customer data ICO stops website from collecting personal data Banks ask to process data on child porn convictions ICO issues guidance for financial advisors 1. HSBC’s Indian call centre leaks UK customer data...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 45

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16/06/2006 by:

Scottish National Party in breach of privacy regulations Half of UK companies fail to explain rules on e-mail use Barclays to offer free anti-virus software to its customers Apply for public sector excellence award 1. Scottish National Party in...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 44

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01/06/2006 by:

European Court of Justice declares the EU/US air passenger data agreement illegal 1. European Court of Justice declares the EU/US air passenger data agreement illegal The European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the EU/US agreement approving...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 43

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04/05/2006 by:

Bogus agency fined £1,000 for offences under the DPA 1998 Information Commissioner publishes guidance on buying and selling databases Information Commissioner publishes guidance on outsourcing Information Commissioner publishes guidance on privacy...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 42

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02/03/2006 by:

Identity thieves target Network Rail ICO publishes guidance about employee references Information Commissioner resolves DP/FoI tension and orders disclosure of MPs expenses Jersey’s New Data Protection Law now implemented Northumbria University...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 41

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25/01/2006 by:

Businessman awarded damages in e-mail spam case Private detective found guilty Skip reveals credit card details of guests at five-star hotel ICO accuses Bournemouth Borough Council of negligence David Smith takes up post as new Deputy Commissioner...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 40

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25/11/2005 by:

Information Commissioner’s Office launches new enforcement strategy Protection of personal data now ranked society’s third most important issue Meaning of “personal data” to be reviewed Celebrating 21 years of the Data Protection Act E-mail...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 39

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12/09/2005 by:

Private sector access to public sector information Northern Irish data protection scam Assurances given over Jersey’s population register scheme Publication of new guide to freedom of information law in Scotland 1. Private sector access to public...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 38

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14/07/2005 by:

Information Tribunal hears first case – on police data retention Manchester airport pays compensation by mistake? Information Commissioner releases annual report and announces new deputy 1. Information Tribunal hears first case – on police data...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 37

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04/05/2005 by:

Four men found guilty of selling police data High Courts reaffirms the Durant interpretation of personal data 1. Four men found guilty of selling police data Four UK citizens were given two-year conditional discharges for selling police-owned...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 36

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24/02/2005 by:

Lib Dems accuse rival parties of data protection breaches Used hard disks expose confidential data Organisations warned over Instant Messaging threat 1. Lib Dems accuse rival parties of data protection breaches The Liberal Democrats have lodged a...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 35

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14/12/2004 by:

Information Commissioner publishes health data code 1. Information Commissioner publishes health data code On Monday, the Information Commissioner’s office published the final section of its four-part ‘Employment Practices Data Protection Code’....

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 34

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09/12/2004 by:

Government task force targets EU bureaucracy European regulators back short privacy notices Home Office publishes ID card bill Police force accused of staff privacy breach Schools get guidance on student photos 1. Government task force targets EU...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 33

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05/11/2004 by:

Cahoot security flaw exposes customer accounts UK government opposed Data Protection Act amendments ICO appoint Chief Operating Officer SMEs recognise business benefits of DP compliance 1. Cahoot security flaw exposes customer accounts Online bank...

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PL&B UK E-news, Issue 32

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05/09/2004 by:

HFC Bank breaches Data Protection Act CEOs fail to act on data security threats SAP seeks dialogue on RFIDs 1. HFC Bank breaches Data Protection Act HFC Bank, a subsidiary of the HSBC group, has apologised after an "operator" error exposed the...

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ICO: security breach notification form available online

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03/11/2011 by:

The ICO has made available, on its website, an online form for informing the office about data breaches. The ICO wants to know about any previous incidents, whether any personal data is at risk, how many people have been affected, whether your...

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Justice Committee recommends custodial penalty for data theft

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04/11/2011 by:

A report by the Justice Select Committee, published on 27 October, states that the MPs agree with the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, who in his oral evidence told the Committee that the issue of custodial sentences for section 55...

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First Data wins BCR approval by mutual recognition

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15/11/2011 by:

First Data (a leading e-commerce and payment card processor) received approval from the UK’s ICO on 14th November for its Binding Corporate Rules application, the 11th to be approved in the UK, and the first to have been started under the Mutual...

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ICO imposes fines of £80,000 and £60,000

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29/11/2011 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) used its enforcement powers in the form of civil monetary penalties (“fines”) on North Somerset Council and Worcestershire County Council on 28 November for their breaches of the Data Protection Act. Bot...

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One Commissioner to regulate all privacy and surveillance issues?

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29/11/2011 by:

The House of Lords is proposing an amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Bill that would create a new role, a Privacy Commissioner with responsibility for individual privacy. This new office would incorporate the duties and functions of the...

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ICO issues record fine of £130,000

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09/12/2011 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Powys County Council £130,000 for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. While the upper limit is £500,000, this is the highest fine issued so far. In this case, details of a child protection...

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High Court orders closure of website for breach of DP Act

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21/12/2011 by:

The High Court, in a hearing on 15th November, ordered the closure of a website www.solicitorsfromhell.co.uk , which invites dissatisfied clients to name and shame solicitors. The case was brought as a representative action by the Law Society on...

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ICO sets its priority areas for 2012: Finance and health sectors under spotlight

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09/01/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner published on 29th December his Information Rights Strategy which reveals that the ICO will in the next 12 months concentrate its efforts in the following areas; 1.       Health 2.       Credit and finance 3.      ...

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ICO welcomes proposals for an EU Data Protection Regulation with reservations

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26/01/2012 by:

The ICO has welcomed the proposals for a general DP regulation, published  by the European Commission on  25 January, and says that they go a long way towards the requirements that the ICO had in mind. The proposals that promote accountability wil...

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Christopher Graham elected as Vice Chair of the EU Article 29 DP Working Party

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08/02/2012 by:

The EU’s Data Protection Working Party, at its meeting of 1-2 February, elected the UK Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, as its Vice Chair. The other Vice Chair is Igor Nemec, President of the of the Czech Republic's Office for Persona...

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UK Government seeks views on EU DP proposals

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08/02/2012 by:

The United Kingdom Ministry of Justice launched, on 7 February, an evidence gathering exercise on the EU Commission’s proposals for a Data Protection Regulation and Directive. The government is keen to hear practical, day-to-day examples of the...

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Survey measures attitudes towards EU DP proposals

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22/02/2012 by:

Law firm Allen & Overy's London office has launched a survey to gather stakeholders’ views on the EU proposals for a Data Protection Regulation. The survey includes 22 multiple choice questions ranging from explicit consent, right to be forgotten...

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ICO seeks views on its 3-year plan

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27/02/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office is currently consulting on the practical steps it intends to take in order to achieve its strategic outcomes. Projects for 2012-2015 include: 1. implementing online registration and payment by September 2012,...

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UK ICO analysis on proposed EU DP Regulation: Too much red tape for companies

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29/02/2012 by:

The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) thinks that the proposals for an EU Data Protection Regulation are too prescriptive and may lead to data protection being regarded simply as a form-filling exercise. While the ICO welcom...

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CBI: EU DP proposals harmful for UK business

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20/03/2012 by:

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has criticised the European Commission’s data protection proposals, saying that the proposed regulation will threaten many innovative business models which rely on data sharing to generate revenue. The C...

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MPs: Search engines need to act now on web screening in order to avoid legislation

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29/03/2012 by:

A Parliamentary Committee looking at the balance between privacy and freedom of expression recommends that the law must apply equally to all forms of media: print, broadcast and online. MPs say that material that infringes individuals’ privacy...

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ICO outlines its position on US Patriot Act requests

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02/04/2012 by:

Following a recent ICO seminar on cloud computing, the ICO says that ‘under normal circumstances a cloud provider is the data processor on behalf of the cloud client who is the data controller’. However, cloud providers that are asked to release...

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ICO condemns partial release of Operation Motorman files

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18/04/2012 by:

The ICO has said that it was an irresponsible act to publish details of more than 1,000 alleged requests by News International journalists to the private investigator Steve Whittamore. The requests for information were for ex-directory telephone...

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ICO issues first NHS fine

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30/04/2012 by:

Several National Health Service (NHS) Trusts have received Undertakings from the ICO, but on 30 April  the regulator issued the Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) a penalty of £70,000, making ABHB the first NHS organisation to be served a civil...

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Government announces draft bill on monitoring of communications data

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09/05/2012 by:

The Queen’s speech on 9 May included a mention of a draft communications data bill: ‘My government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under...

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ICO: rules apply to placement of cookies on all devices

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16/05/2012 by:

The ICO’s most recent advice, this month, is that in the long term, it expects organisations’ websites to be compliant with the cookie law, irrespective of the device they are viewed on. In other words, it will expect organisations to offer the sa...

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Poor data destruction of sexual health and staff data leads to £325,000 highest ever fine by UK ICO

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01/06/2012 by:

The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) announced today a record fine of £325,000 on Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over failure to properly dispose of around 1,000 computer hard drives. As a result, 252 hard drives,...

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Linklaters obtains Binding Corporate Rules approval

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13/06/2012 by:

Linklaters’ Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) were approved by the UK Information Commissioner on 1 June 2012, making it the first law firm to achieve this approval. The ICO acted as the lead authority with the Belgian Privacy Commission and Data...

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Government publishes draft Communications Data Bill

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18/06/2012 by:

The draft Communications Data Bill would give intelligence services and the police new, extensive powers to monitor communications data (subscriber data, use data and traffic data). While RIPA (The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) already...

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UK businesses worried about future DP administrative burdens

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28/06/2012 by:

The summary of responses to the Ministry of Justice’s call for evidence on the European Commission's proposed data protection legislation reveals that a large number of respondents thought that the proposed Regulation would represent an...

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ICO gets ready to fine the worst PECR offenders

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05/07/2012 by:

The UK Information Commissioner's Office, the ICO, says that it is working towards identifying the worst offenders against the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. In the past year, it received 7,000 complaints about unsolicited phon...

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BA in spotlight over customer privacy

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12/07/2012 by:

British Airways (BA)  plans to research passengers using Google search prior to their flights. The search of images would facilitate British Airways team to ‘recognise specific customers so they can be proactively approached’.  A British Airways...

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Consultation on EU DP proposals open until 20 August

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20/07/2012 by:

The Justice Select Committee is asking for written evidence for its new inquiry into the EU Data Protection Framework Proposals. The Justice Select Committee will give its opinion to the European Scrutiny Committee on the EU Commission’s proposals...

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UK ICO says Google may be in breach of its Street View Undertaking

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27/07/2012 by:

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced today that Google has now confirmed it still has some additional payload data from the UK and other countries collected by its Street View cars prior to May 2010. Google said in 2010 that it...

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ICO takes further enforcement action using all available tools

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13/08/2012 by:

On 6 August the ICO issued a monetary penalty of £175,000 on Torbay Care Trust after sensitive personal information relating to 1,373 employees was published on the Trust’s website. The spreadsheet included personal data, such as names, pay scales...

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ICO not quite ready yet to enforce cookie rules

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14/08/2012 by:

A Freedom of Information request by PC Pro reveals that even though the ICO has received tips about 320 websites’ possible non-compliance, reported via the ICO's online submission tool, the authority is not yet in position to investigate the...

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BIS consults on new right of access to consumer data

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16/08/2012 by:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a consultation on giving consumers the right to access their data in portable, machine-readable form, and making companies provide access to that information. The proposals woul...

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Two thirds of top UK websites have taken steps to address cookie regulations

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10/09/2012 by:

According to a TRUSTe study, nearly two in three top UK websites have implemented at least some measures to address the e-Privacy Directive and its cookie clause. TRUSTe, provider of online privacy trustmarks and services, looked at 231 UK website...

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ICO imposes fine of £250,000 and warns about shoddy outsourcing deals

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11/09/2012 by:

Scottish Borders Council has been fined £250,000 for losing former employees’ pension records. Some 600 files containing personal information - in some cases salary and bank account details - were found in a supermarket paper recycling bank.  The...

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UK government lobbies for a general DP Directive

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19/09/2012 by:

Giving evidence on 17 September to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee on the EU Commission's data protection proposals, Lord McNally, Secretary of State, made it clear that the government wants to see a Directive instead of a directly...

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ICO: Cloud customers have responsibility for DP compliance in most cases

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02/10/2012 by:

The ICO has published new guidance on cloud computing, which confirms that organisations remain, in most cases, responsible for how their personal data is handled, even if they pass it to cloud service providers. The ICO stresses the importance of...

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100 organisations express interest in moving Privacy by Design from rhetoric to reality

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05/10/2012 by:

Privacy Laws & Business’s workshop Privacy by Design: From Rhetoric to Reality, gathered together in London yesterday more than 100 representatives of businesses, law firms, government agencies and academia who were keen to learn how to introduce...

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ICO to give evidence to Parliament on draft Communications Data Bill

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10/10/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, will give evidence in Parliament on the draft Communications Data Bill next Tuesday, 16 October. Other witnesses that will appear before the Committee next week include Sir Paul Kennedy, Intercepti...

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ICO: Draft Communications Data Bill would only catch incompetent criminals

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17/10/2012 by:

Giving evidence yesterday at Parliament’s Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill, the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said that it is questionable whether the Bill’s objective, providing access to communications data f...

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Parliament's Justice Committee: EU DP proposals not practicable nor affordable

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02/11/2012 by:

MPs largely agree with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the government over the proposals for an EU Data Protection Regulation, saying that the proposals are too prescriptive in their present form.  ‘The Commission needs to go back ...

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ICO consults on changes to notification system

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05/11/2012 by:

Despite the fact that the EU DP draft Regulation proposes to abolish notification, the ICO intends to quickly improve its register of data controllers. The ICO says that it wishes to make it easier for those who need to notify and to make the publ...

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ICO seeks input on privacy seals

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08/11/2012 by:

The ICO thinks that privacy seals could be a way forward in improving data protection compliance and customers’ privacy awareness, and has launched an online questionnaire to gather views from organisations. The ICO wants to find out • the best wa...

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ICO fines Prudential for inaccurate data

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09/11/2012 by:

The ICO fined Prudential £50,000 on 6 November for a failure to keep customer data accurate. The ICO, which has so far mostly fined public sector organisations, says that this is a warning to the financial sector. Prudential’s data breach occurred...

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ICO publishes anonymisation code

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21/11/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) new Anonymisation Code of Practice aims to manage the risks involved with publishing large datasets as per the government’s open data agenda. However, the code will help all organisations that need to...

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UK government: EU DP Regulation would mean additional costs for business

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26/11/2012 by:

The Ministry of Justice estimates that the cost burdens the EU DP Regulation would impose far outweigh the net benefits suggested by the EU Commission. The Ministry says that the annual net cost to UK business (in 2012-13 earnings terms) would be...

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ICO slams a £440,000 fine on spam texters

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28/11/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has for the first time used its powers to issue monetary penalties under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). It fined two owners of a marketing company £440,000 for sending...

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ICO seeks views on its draft Subject Access Code

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14/12/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) plans to publish a code of practice on Subject Access next April in order to clarify how data controllers can best comply. The code will promote good practice and show how to meet the DP Act’s requiremen...

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ICO approves American Express BCRs

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07/01/2013 by:

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), acting as the lead authority, has approved Binding Corporate Rules for American Express to take effect from 28 January 2013. The ICO authorised the transfer of personal data under BCRs for American...

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ICO to develop press code of practice

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17/01/2013 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says in its formal response to the Leveson report that it has already started to implement several of the recommendations. The ICO says that its initial proposal is to develop a Code of Practice under...

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Sony fine gives indication of what the ICO means by appropriate security

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25/01/2013 by:

The £250,000 fine the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposed on Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited on 14 January, and announced on 24th January, follows a serious breach of the Data Protection Act in April 2011, when the Sony...

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The ICO reacts to the European Parliament's LIBE committee recommendations on the EU DP draft Regulation

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30/01/2013 by:

The ICO says that EU countries’ different interpretations on legitimate interests need to be retained in the new DP legislative framework. Commenting on the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee draft report on the draft EU DP Regulation, the ICO...

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ICO consults on initial ideas for a press code of practice

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21/02/2013 by:

Following Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendation that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) should prepare comprehensive data protection guidelines for the press, the ICO has published a consultation paper that reflects its initial thinking o...

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ICO to evaluate the effectiveness of fines

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07/03/2013 by:

The ICO’s new corporate plan promises a revised data protection enforcement policy by June 2013, and research on the effectiveness of the penalties. The ICO’s objectives for the next three years are: 1. Organisations have a better understanding of...

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ICO fines company £90,000 for PECR breach

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20/03/2013 by:

In what seems like the start of a campaign to enforce the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a Glasgow-based kitchen and bedroom design company £90,000 for making nuisanc...

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Government proposes compulsory DP audits for NHS

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11/04/2013 by:

Following several high profile data security breaches within the National Health Service (NHS), and numerous complaints to the Information Commissioner (ICO), the government proposes that NHS organisations should be made subject to compulsory data...

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Government consults on cyber security

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07/05/2013 by:

The government is currently consulting on organisational standards that best meet the requirements for effective cyber risk management. The government’s strategy is to encourage industry-led standards so that organisations can better manage the ri...

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ICO survey: More research needed on DP Regulation's cost impact

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14/05/2013 by:

The large majority of respondents (87%) to an ICO survey on the implications for business of the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation are unable to estimate future consequential spending. However, the areas where companies expect further costs...

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ICO demands more resources or less burdensome new EU DP regime

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06/06/2013 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says that the current EU Data Protection draft Regulation would impose so many new tasks on the ICO that it would not cope with the current funding, or indeed with less money should the income from...

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Government consults on EU cyber security proposed Directive

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14/06/2013 by:

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued a call for evidence on the European Commission’s proposed Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS), which was published on 7 February 2013. The government is preparing an...

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ICO fines two companies £225,000 for PECR breaches

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18/06/2013 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has again targeted companies that do not honour individuals’ opt out from marketing calls through the Telephone Preference Service. Nationwide Energy Services has received a penalty of £125,000, and We...

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ICO to conduct work on privacy seal schemes

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25/06/2013 by:

The ICO is asking organisations that would potentially be interested in running an accredited privacy seal scheme to work with it on this project. The ICO aims to accredit a third party to operate a privacy seal or trust mark scheme during 2013/14...

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Ireland’s DPA and US FTC sign a Memorandum of Understanding

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28/06/2013 by:

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US Federal Trade Commission’s Chair, Edith Ramirez.  The aim is to support increased cooperation and communication between the two agencies in thei...

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GlaxoSmithKline receives approval for its Binding Corporate Rules

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12/07/2013 by:

The ICO has approved GlaxoSmithKline’s Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) that apply across GSK’s human resources and R&D functions meaning that the solution frees the company to transfer data outside of the EU whether it is personal information of...

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DPOs may be optional after all

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22/07/2013 by:

Leaked EU documents reveal that the current thinking within the EU Council of Ministers is that Data Protection Officers, (DPOs), would  not be mandatory under the new EU DP regime.  The proposed compromise deal would allow mandatory DPOs if...

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Sony agrees to pay ICO fine

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02/08/2013 by:

Sony has dropped the appeal against an ICO decision for a fine over the company’s 2011 data breach which involved an attack against Sony's PlayStation Network and compromised personal  data of millions of users. The data included names, addresses,...

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ICO launches consultation on its PIA code

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08/08/2013 by:

The Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Code of Practice is intended to replace the ICO's current Privacy Impact Assessment PIA) Handbook. The ICO says it wishes to produce a practical guide to help organisations conduct assessments of new projects th...

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ICO issues SAR undertaking

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12/09/2013 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) issued an  undertaking on 28 August on Cardiff City Council, which requires the authority to improve its practices regarding Subject Access Requests (SARs). The undertaking is based on a SAR which the...

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Government to consult on Leveson’s DP proposals

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18/10/2013 by:

In a letter of 22 September to the chairman of Parliament's Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz, Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, says that there should be a public consultation about a data protection custodial penalty for breaches of S. 55 of th...

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Tribunal overturns ICO’s £300,000 fine

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11/11/2013 by:

The ICO’s £300,000 fine on Mr Christopher Niebel, trading as Tetrus Telecoms, for sending unwanted text messages on an industrial scale has been overruled by the First Tier Tribunal.  For the ICO to be able to issue a monetary penalty, the...

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Fundamental rights review

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21/11/2013 by:

The government has launched a Balance of Competences Fundamental Rights Review to examine the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union on fundamental rights. The call for evidence runs until 13 January 2014. The government is...

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EU Cyber Security Directive would burden business, government says

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26/11/2013 by:

The proposed EU Directive for Network and Information Security wold impose a £15.28m net cost to UK business per year due to increased security spending, the government estimates. The main affected groups would be the energy, health, transport and...

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ICO consults on future plans

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10/12/2013 by:

The ICO has issued a document outlining its future priorities and is asking stakeholders’ views. The ICO says that the main challenges will be a greater workload created by the fact that information rights are growing in importance, funding cuts,...

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ICO will investigate only certain types of complaints

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03/01/2014 by:

The ICO’s latest consultation, launched on 18 December, introduces some subtle changes to the current complaints handling system. The ICO says that due to the volume of enquiries and complaints, and having to make most of its limited resources, it...

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Defamation Act now in force

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16/01/2014 by:

The Defamation Act 2013, in force since 1 January 2014, reforms the law of defamation in the UK. The Act aims to balance the right to freedom of expression and people’s ability to protect their reputation. It introduces a new serious harm threshol...

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ICO publishes enforcement statistics and consequent action

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18/02/2014 by:

The ICO’s enforcement statistics, published at the end of January, reveal that the topics that generate most complaints about spam are debt management and payday loans. The ICO uses these statistics to decide in which sectors to start enforcement...

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Christopher Graham to continue as Commissioner for another two years

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20/02/2014 by:

The Ministry of Justice has announced the reappointment of Christopher Graham as the Information Commissioner for another two years. This will bring Mr Graham’s total tenure of the post up to seven years, which is the maximum allowed (as per the...

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Enforced subject access to be made illegal

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04/03/2014 by:

Simon Hughes, Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, and a Liberal Democrat MP, said that the government will this year put an end to the practice of enforced subject access. The government will commence reforms to the Rehabilitation o...

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Trading standards body’s £36,000 fine strengthens ICO’s enforcement of TPS laws

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24/03/2014 by:

A local trading standards body in Dorset has fined a company for breaching Telephone Preference Service (TPS) legislation. The ICO has in the past prosecuted companies for non-compliance with data protection rules in connection with TPS but this i...

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Government consults on EU's competence in the field of information rights

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31/03/2014 by:

A government consultation seeks views on the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union on the protection of personal data, and access by individuals to public information. The Review will provide a comprehensive analysis of how...

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ICO issues new guidance and organises Q&A session on online IT security

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12/05/2014 by:

The Information Commissioner’s data protection IT security report looks at frequently occurring information security threats in an online environment, and advises DP managers on how to avoid these problems. The report, published on 12 May,...

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ICO consults on its revised CCTV code

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21/05/2014 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office launched a consultation on 20 May on its revised CCTV Code of Practice, which is primarily aimed at businesses and organisations that routinely capture individuals’ information on their surveillance systems. T...

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ICO: EU Google judgement does not provide an absolute right to have links removed

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29/05/2014 by:

The ICO welcomes the recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on Google as it confirms that Google is acting as a data controller within the terms of the European Union Data Protection Directive when operating the search engin...

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Energy companies agree to develop new data sharing systems

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24/06/2014 by:

As a response to the government’s MiData initiative, UK energy companies have agreed to provide consumers automated access to their data files. This will make it possible for customers to easily compare quotes from different providers. Customers o...

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DP rules apply to business use of wearable technology

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26/06/2014 by:

The ICO has today published a blog explaining the circumstances in which the use of wearable technology, such as running “smart bands,” has Data Protection Act implications. The blog, written by Andrew Paterson, Senior Technology Officer, states...

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12th July: Happy birthday United Kingdom Data Protection Act

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11/07/2014 by:

It was 30 years ago today We first grappled with the DPA Then came the Directive (Which caused much invective) And a Regulation is now on its way?

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UK to adopt emergency legislation to enable retention of telecoms data

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14/07/2014 by:

The United Kingdom government announced on 10 July that that it will introduce emergency legislation to retain access to telecommunications data. The government is justifying its decision on the need to fight terrorism. The Data Retention and...

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ICO to receive more funding to enforce DRIP (data retention) Act

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24/07/2014 by:

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, adopted quickly earlier this month (see PL&B’s e-news dated 14th July) will force mobile and landline providers and ISPs to store details of their customers' phone calls, text messages and emails fo...

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ICO: Fines are effective at improving data protection compliance

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05/08/2014 by:

Recent research by the ICO on the Impact of Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) suggests that organisations that have been issued with a fine now take their data protection obligations seriously, with revised practices and policies, and increased staf...

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MiData programme on identity assurance links with Milton Keynes, Smart City

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26/08/2014 by:

The MiData Studio project, aimed at empowering citizens with their own data while creating trust, will make recommendations for including privacy principles into the design of the project. The three-month feasibility study will involve Milton Keyn...

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ICO consults on privacy seal framework criteria

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03/09/2014 by:

The ICO is inviting organisations to provide views on the framework criteria against which proposals for privacy seal schemes will be assessed.  Proposals for a privacy seal scheme will be sought later this autumn and the ICO aims to have the seal...

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Many mobile apps fail to provide basic privacy information

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17/09/2014 by:

A privacy sweep conducted by 26 Privacy Commissioners around the world reveals that 85% of the apps surveyed failed to clearly explain how they were collecting, using and disclosing personal information (sweep announced in PL&B international e-new...

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Government wants to tackle nuisance calls

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04/11/2014 by:

The government has launched a consultation on lowering the legal threshold before firms responsible for nuisance calls and texts can be fined  £500,000. The law currently requires the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to prove a company caus...

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EU DPAs: Right to be Forgotten de-listing also applies to .com domains

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27/11/2014 by:

The EU Data Protection Authorities say that the Court of Justice of the European Union decision of 13 May on Google in the Right to be Forgotten case should apply globally. There has been confusion over how to apply the court’s decision, as despit...

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Have your say on the ICO’s services

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27/11/2014 by:

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation to find out stakeholders’ views on how the ICO delivers its services, how the organisation’s independence should best be preserved, and how fit the organisation is for the future. The call for...

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EU competence in data protection generally advantageous to the UK

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19/12/2014 by:

The Ministry of Justice’s Balance of Competences report on access to information and data protection says that stakeholders think EU data protection rules have had a positive impact on the UK. Respondents to this call for evidence which evaluates...

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ICO calls for careful balance between privacy rights and response to terrorism

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13/01/2015 by:

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says we must not compromise effective encryption for consumers using online services as a response to terrorism. “I do not underestimate the real challenges posed by international terrorism –...

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ICO receives powers to audit NHS

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02/02/2015 by:

After years of lobbying, the ICO has been given the power to conduct mandatory audits on the National Health Service. The move is a direct result of serious non-compliance in this sector - the ICO has issued fines totalling £1.3m to NHS...

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Easier route for ICO to fine nuisance callers

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25/02/2015 by:

The Department for Culture Media and Sport announced today that it will amend the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR) and remove the requirement of “substantial damage or substantial distress” as a prerequisite for the IC...

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Enforced subject access a criminal offence from today

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10/03/2015 by:

From 10 March, it will be a criminal offence to require an individual to make a subject access request for information related to their criminal past. Employers may no longer require that the individual supply them with a relevant record. This...

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Interception of Communications Commissioner makes 346 recommendations

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20/03/2015 by:

The Interception of Communications Commissioner, Rt Hon. Sir Anthony May, says in his recently published report that there is no significant institutional overuse of communications data powers by police forces and law enforcement agencies. However...

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ICO fines Serious Fraud Office £180,000 and warns other law enforcement agencies

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30/03/2015 by:

The ICO has announced today that it has fined the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) £180,000 for wrongly disclosing evidence to witnesses in a bribery investigation. The bribery investigation into senior executives at BAE Systems had been concluded in...

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Magistrates’ courts can now impose unlimited fines for DP Act criminal offences

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15/04/2015 by:

Since 12 March, Magistrates’ courts are no longer limited to £5,000 fines for criminal offences under the DP Act. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Fines on Summary Conviction) Regulations 2015, which allow for an...

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Christopher Graham calls for adequate resources for DPAs

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20/05/2015 by:

Hosting the EU DPAs’ Spring Conference 18-20 May in Manchester, Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, called for a more practical approach to data protection regulation. “The European Data Protection Board, for example, is coming - and it ...

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Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 unlawful, court says

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17/07/2015 by:

A judgement by the Divisional Court, issued today, declares section 1 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) 2014 inconsistent with European Union law. The court says that: a) it does not lay down clear and precise rules...

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UK Supreme Court grants permission in part for Google to appeal in compensation case

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31/07/2015 by:

The Supreme Court has granted Google permission to appeal in respect of two grounds of appeal in a claim for compensation for distress. This is the latest development, announced by the Supreme Court on 28th July, in the long-standing efforts of...

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ICO issues yet another hefty fine for a security breach

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11/08/2015 by:

Companies are advised to encrypt their personal data as the UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) fines yet another firm for a data breach caused by slack security measures. On 6 August, the ICO announced that it had issued a £180,000 civil monetary...

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ICO expects much more certainty on EU DP Regs by the end of 2015

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27/08/2015 by:

The Trilogue negotiations on EU Data Protection draft Regulation will continue in September, and the ICO says that the planned timetable runs until December. ‘If all goes according to that plan, then we’ll know pretty much what’s going to be in th...

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MPs scrutinise Big Data

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18/09/2015 by:

Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee is currently conducting an inquiry that examines the opportunities and risks of 'Big Data'. The inquiry, which sought written submissions by 3 September, looks at ‘whether the government is doing enoug...

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Department of Culture Media and Sport is the ICO’s new sponsoring department

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22/09/2015 by:

A written Ministerial Statement of 17 September announced that policy responsibility for data protection, and with it sponsorship of the ICO, is moving from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Privacy...

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ICO fines energy company £200,000

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05/10/2015 by:

A green energy company, Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELM), has been fined £200,000 for a breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). The company had made over six million calls as part of a massive automated...

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ICO to meet new minister and address the ECJ’s Safe Harbor decision

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08/10/2015 by:

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham will next Monday, 12 October, meet Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who represents the ICO’s new sponsoring Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Neville-Rolfe is also a Minister in the Departme...

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ICO manages staff changes with new collective leadership model

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03/11/2015 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has announced that due to recent and imminent staff changes in his staff, he will be assisted by a Senior Management Team of 12 colleagues. This replaces the smaller Executive Team, currently two...

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Government issues draft Investigatory Powers Bill

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04/11/2015 by:

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill was issued today and will now be examined in detail by both Houses of Parliament before a final Bill is produced. Making a statement in the House of Commons, Theresa May, Home Secretary, said that the final Bill...

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Government plans to amend PECR in order to fight nuisance calls

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01/02/2016 by:

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) proposes that direct marketing callers will be required to provide valid Calling Line Identification (CLI) in order to make it easier for individuals to report unwanted marketing calls. The...

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ICO takes a pragmatic view on transatlantic data transfers

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19/02/2016 by:

The UK ICO says that while waiting for the possible adoption of the EU-US Privacy Shield, organisations can continue to use other tools such as Standard Contractual Clauses and Binding Corporate Rules to transfer personal data to the US....

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ICO publishes its objectives for 2016-2019

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29/02/2016 by:

The new ICO corporate plan highlights the preparations needed due to the EU DP Regulation entering into force in 2018.  As one of its strategic goals, the ICO says that the law, technology and public policy need to be developed and deployed...

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EU Commission issues Privacy Shield details and draft adequacy decision

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29/02/2016 by:

The "adequacy decision" for EU-US personal data transfers, drafted by the EU Commission, as well as the texts that will constitute the EU-US Privacy Shield have been published today. The EU Commission concludes that the United States ensures an ...

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ICO seeks input on Privacy Notices Code of Practice

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01/03/2016 by:

The ICO is currently consulting on proposals for a revised Privacy Notices Code of Practice. The consultation, which runs until 24 March, seeks views on how to provide privacy information in a clear and engaging way, as well as engaging individual...

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Government consults on plans to reform public sector data sharing

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08/03/2016 by:

The government proposes changes to the current data sharing framework to make it easier for public sector organisations to share personal data, and improve public services. The changes would allow public sector organisations to share personal data...

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Next UK Information Commissioner announced

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22/03/2016 by:

The UK government announced this morning that Elizabeth Denham, Information and Privacy Commissioner, British Columbia, Canada, is the preferred candidate to be the UK’s next Information Commissioner. She is well known for her work internationally...

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Degradation of privacy standards could be deemed abuse under competition law

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26/04/2016 by:

The UK Parliament’s European Union Committee, in its report issued on 20 April, says that online platforms are a prime example of tension between DP and competition law. The Lords stress that dominant online platforms could potentially abuse their...

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Elizabeth Denham confirmed as the UK's next Information Commissioner

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28/04/2016 by:

The UK House of Commons Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee today confirmed Elizabeth Denham's appointment as Information Commissioner after Christopher Graham's term of office ends on 28 June. The pre-appointment hearing had a...

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Data protection and privacy elements in the Queen’s speech

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19/05/2016 by:

The government’s legislative agenda for the next session in Parliament includes several initiatives that have privacy implications. The Conservative government has for some time been saying that it wants to repeal the Human Rights Act. The Queen’s...

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GDPR will have an impact on the ICO’s business friendliness

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26/05/2016 by:

The ICO’s current regulatory style may have to change somewhat under the EU DP General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Ian Bourne, DP Policy Delivery Group Manager, ICO, said at a PL&B/Browne Jacobson seminar in London yesterday: “The ICO’s...

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Investigatory Powers Bill moves to the House of Lords

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09/06/2016 by:

The legislative process on the Investigatory Powers Bill came to an end in the House of Commons on 7 June and the Bill moved to the House of Lords, where the first reading took place yesterday.  The second reading – and the general debate on all...

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UK adults try to hide data from businesses but would share it if their privacy were guaranteed

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15/06/2016 by:

Some 47% of people surveyed would be happy to share personal data with Internet companies if their privacy were guaranteed, the ICO’s annual tracking survey for 2016 reveals. 61% said that they do try to hide their personal data when using Interne...

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ICO guidance on GDPR by the end of the year

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20/06/2016 by:

The ICO says that in the next six months, it will issue guidance on: • An overview of the GDPR • Individuals’ rights • Contracts • Consent, and a Privacy notices code of practice.   The ICO also continues to be active at the European level...

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Parliament urges annual reporting to ICO on cyber issues

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22/06/2016 by:

The House of Commons’ Culture Media and Sports Committee recommends that organisations holding large amounts of personal data should report annually to the ICO on cyber security aspects. They call for reporting on staff cyber-awareness training;...

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ICO comments on referendum result

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27/06/2016 by:

Following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, an ICO spokesperson said on Friday 24 June: “The Data Protection Act remains the law of the land irrespective of the referendum result." “If the UK is not part of the EU, then upcomin...

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ICO In talks with the government over future of UK DP

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28/06/2016 by:

Speaking today at the ICO's Annual Report launch event, Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said that the ICO will discuss the impact of Brexit on DP reform with the government. However, he would not want to comment on what form the futu...

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New Information Commissioner, New Data Protection Minister

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22/07/2016 by:

This week has seen two new developments on the UK information law scene: On Monday, Elizabeth Denham started her five year term as the UK’s new Information Commissioner soon after completing her term as Information and Privacy Commissioner, Britis...

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Government consulting DP stakeholders on Brexit implications

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01/08/2016 by:

Our government sources in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport tell us that they are keen to hear from stakeholders over the summer about their views on the future UK DP regime as government, business and other sectoral thinking evolves.  Th...

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Sage suffers data breach caused by unauthorised access

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17/08/2016 by:

UK software company Sage may have compromised personal information for employees at 280 UK businesses, the BBC reports. The company has informed the ICO which is investigating together with the police. It is understood that the breach was caused b...

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Suggested bulk powers have an operational purpose, Anderson review concludes

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22/08/2016 by:

The Independent Reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson Q.C, says that there is a proven operational case for three of the bulk powers - bulk interception,  bulk acquisition of communications data and bulk personal datasets -  and that...

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Lessons to be learned at Cambridgeshire County Council

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24/08/2016 by:

The ICO, after its consensual audit at Cambridgeshire Country Council, expects that the council will improve its performance on responding to Subject Access Requests (SARs). At the moment, only 57% of requests receive a response within the statuto...

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ICO to investigate WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing

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31/08/2016 by:

The ICO is concerned about WhatsApp’s plans to share more user data with Facebook in order to carry out targeted advertising. WhatsApp will share phone numbers and details of the last log-in. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said:  “The...

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TalkTalk loses appeal at Information Tribunal: No leeway in data breach notification

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02/09/2016 by:

The Information Tribunal (The First Tier Tribunal) has dismissed TalkTalk’s appeal against the ICO’s decision to fine it £1,000 for a late data breach notification. The ICO had, on 17 February 2016, sent a Notice of Intent to issue a fixed monetar...

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ICO’s Denham: GDPR extremely likely to apply before the UK leaves the EU

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03/10/2016 by:

In a speech delivered on Thursday, 29 September in London, the United Kingdom’s new Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, stated that UK businesses with international clients and partners would be wise to carry on with their GDPR preparation...

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Directors should be personally liable for fines, says Information Commissioner in Parliament

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13/10/2016 by:

Elizabeth Denham, in her first appearance before a Parliamentary Committee since being appointed Information Commissioner, called for directors to be accountable by becoming personally liable to pay fines. The context for this comment was today’s...

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ICO issues updated code of practice and checklist on privacy notices

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26/10/2016 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office’s new code of practice on privacy notices gives guidance on how to write a new privacy notice; how to develop an existing privacy notice, and how to evaluate an existing privacy notice. The code, published on ...

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ICO to remain as a single Commissioner agency

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09/11/2016 by:

The Triennial Review, launched in 2014 and published on 8 November 2016, recommends that the ICO should be restructured as a multi-member Commission to encourage a greater breadth of decision-making and accountability. However, the Government has...

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DP Minister: Government will consult on GDPR derogations

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15/12/2016 by:

Speaking in Parliament on 12 December, Data Protection Minister, Matt Hancock, confirmed that the government is now working on the overall approach and the details of EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation. “Details of any new...

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ICO now in charge of TPS

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17/01/2017 by:

Starting this month, the ICO is now running the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) which provides individuals with the opportunity to opt out from telephone marketing. The move supports the ICO’s active stance in enforcing the Privacy and Electron...

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ICO updates its GDPR guidance

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18/01/2017 by:

The ICO has added some information to its GDPR guidance document, indicating the areas where the EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party will issue guidance, and areas on which the ICO is currently concentrating. The ICO aims to publish guidan...

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UK will ensure unhindered international data flows, Data Protection Minister says

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02/02/2017 by:

The government is committed to bringing the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into force in full by May 2018 and will bring forward legislation in the next parliamentary session to amend the Data Protection Act 1998. Giving evidence at the Hous...

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Government reaffirms its commitment to ensure unhindered data flows

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01/03/2017 by:

The government has today launched its Digital Strategy, which aims to ‘make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, or trial a technology.’ The strategy has seven pillars, including ‘data economy; unlocking the power of data i...

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ICO issues GDPR draft guidance on consent and launches consultation

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03/03/2017 by:

The ICO’s draft guidance on how consent will be understood under the GDPR says that going forward, there must be a positive opt-in. Consent should be separate from other terms and conditions, and it should not generally be a pre-condition of signi...

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Denham: Best way forward would be to obtain an adequacy finding from the EU

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14/03/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, is recommending to the government that the UK applies for an EU adequacy finding for data transfers. Giving evidence at the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee on 8 March, Denham said that an...

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Flybe and Honda fined for not respecting marketing opt-outs

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28/03/2017 by:

Flybe, a regional airline, and Honda Motors have been fined £70,000 and £13,000 respectively for breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). Both companies failed to respect individuals’ opt-outs from future marketing....

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ICO requests stakeholder feedback on GDPR profiling issues

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07/04/2017 by:

The ICO yesterday issued a discussion paper on GRPR profiling provisions and is seeking comments by 28 April. The responses will help the ICO in its work at European level. The ICO is leading an EU Article 29 Working Party on this issue – the WP...

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Wonga loses personal data of 245,000 UK customers

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11/04/2017 by:

The payday loan firm, Wonga, has suffered a data breach that has exposed names, e-mail addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of card numbers, bank account numbers and sort codes. The ICO has confirmed that it has received ...

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Wonga loses personal data of 245,000 UK customers

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11/04/2017 by:

The payday loan firm, Wonga, has suffered a data breach that has exposed names, e-mail addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of card numbers, bank account numbers and sort codes. The ICO has confirmed that it has received ...

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Government calls for views on GDPR UK derogations

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13/04/2017 by:

The Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) yesterday, 12 April, issued its “Call for views” on the General Data Protection Regulation derogations. The DCMS says that ‘the UK pressed hard throughout negotiations to ensure that the GDPR doe...

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Digital Economy Act passed: DP implications for data sharing and direct marketing

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03/05/2017 by:

The Digital Economy Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law last Thursday 27 April. The Act, which has data protection implications for data sharing and direct marketing, was rushed through Parliament due to the forthcoming general election...

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Information Commissioner to investigate use of data analytics for political purposes including companies operating internationally

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17/05/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has announced today that she has launched a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.  In response to a question from PL&B, she confirmed in open session at the ICO...

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ICO issues Information Rights Strategic Plan

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30/05/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham marked 25 May last week, exactly a year before the GDPR applies in the UK and the other European Economic Area Member States by three initiatives, including issuing the ICO’s new Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021. The...

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Morrisons supermarket chain fined for not respecting email opt-outs

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20/06/2017 by:

The supermarket chain Morrisons has been fined by the ICO £10,500 for not respecting customer opt-outs from marketing emails. The case, in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR), was initiated by a complaint from a...

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ICO issues revised guidance on Subject Access Requests

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21/06/2017 by:

The ICO has published a revised Subject Access Code of Practice. The ICO states that organisations should adopt a positive outlook on Subject Access Requests (SARs) – apart from fulfilling a legal right this is an ‘opportunity for you to improve...

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UK government committed to GDPR

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21/06/2017 by:

In the Queen’s Speech (outlining the new government’s programme) today, the UK government has made its intention clear to legislate to ‘ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data’ by implementing the EU...

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ICO wants a strong international presence regardless of Brexit

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10/07/2017 by:

The ICO has issued an international strategy which underlines its aim to retain a strong working relationship with its EU counterparts, as well as form new relationships and learn from other DPAs internationally. The ICO says that it will continue...

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Industry group issues guidance on GDPR legitimate interests

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12/07/2017 by:

The Data Protection Network (DPN) has published guidance on legitimate interests under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This practical tool is aimed at helping commercial and not-for-profit organisations to decide whether or not...

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ICO issues record number of PECR penalties

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13/07/2017 by:

 The ICO issued, in the past 12 months, more fines for PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations) breaches than ever before. The ICO’s 2016-17 Annual Report, issued today, reveals that the ICO issued 23 penalties totalling £1,923,000....

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UK Government announces its plans for new Data Protection Bill

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07/08/2017 by:

The Data Protection Bill will implement into UK law the GDPR derogations and the EU Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, the government announced today. The majority of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provisions will...

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ICO: The GDPR regime will not mean changes in its appetite for fining

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09/08/2017 by:

The government’s statement of intent on Monday this week to legislate in GDPR-style also confirmed GDPR-level fines, but the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, says that maximum fines will not become the norm. Writing in a blog today,...

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UK government seeks interim solution to international data flows

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24/08/2017 by:

The exchange and protection of personal data , the UK government’s paper, published today, suggests that it is important to agree now a UK-EU model for international data transfers in order to avoid any disruption to business in the future. The...

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Government consults on implementation of cyber security directive

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30/08/2017 by:

The government is seeking views on implementation of the EU Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive. The government says it supports the aims of the Directive and sets out in this consultation the proposed implementation approach in the UK...

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ICO issues GDPR draft guidance on contracts and liabilities

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13/09/2017 by:

The document, published today, and currently open for consultation, explains contracts and liabilities between controllers and processors under the GDPR. The ICO says that contracts must state details of the processing, such as the nature and...

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Government introduces Data Protection Bill in House of Lords

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14/09/2017 by:

The Data Protection Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on 13 September 2017. It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Bill differs from the GDPR in that it covers, in...

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ICO welcomes draft DP Bill and commitment to GDPR

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10/10/2017 by:

Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, says that she welcomes the government’s intention to implement the GDPR but her general approach to derogations is to introduce them only when they are necessary for the effective functioning of the GDPR...

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Lords predict many amendments to draft Data Protection Bill

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11/10/2017 by:

The draft Data Protection Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Lords yesterday, will combine the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the so-called Police Directive into one legislative package, which makes the bill...

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The ICO retains its international outlook

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19/10/2017 by:

PL&B attended an IAPP event in London at Dentons on 17 October with Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who made comments on several international issues. The ICO wants to stay involved with the EU Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party...

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PL&B joins a group to advise the House of Lords on the UK’s Data Protection Bill

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02/11/2017 by:

On 31 October, Stewart Dresner, PL&B’s Chief Executive, joined a small group of data protection law specialists to advise peers, led by Lord Tim Clement-Jones, on the Data Protection Bill. He is the peer leading the Upper Chamber in the Committee...

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Lords propose a data ethics code of practice

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21/11/2017 by:

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara (Labour) has proposed that within six months of passing the Data Protection Act, the Information Commissioner should prepare an ethics code of practice for data controllers. He suggested that in issuing the code, the...

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ICO issues more GDPR guidance and confirms that BCRs will continue

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23/11/2017 by:

The guidance, issued on 21 November, puts together information about guidance previously issued by the ICO, and links to guidance by the EU Article 29 Working Party. The ‘what’s new’ section will be updated monthly to highlight and link to what’s...

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Government proposes to amend the Investigatory Powers Act

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01/12/2017 by:

The government has launched a consultation on The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) in light of the 2016 decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The CJEU said that the UK’s law was incompatible with EU law. The government accepte...

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UK public sector will be able to rely on legitimate interest ground in some circumstances

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19/12/2017 by:

The GDPR does not allow public authorities to use legitimate interests as a legal basis for processing personal data. However, an amendment to the Data Protection Bill, adopted by the House of Lords on 11 December, will diverge from the GDPR by...

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ICO issues draft GDPR guidance on children’s data

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21/12/2017 by:

The ICO has today issued draft guidance on the protection of children’s data under the GDPR. The new regime requires some changes as parental consent is required for the use of information society services unless they are about offering counsellin...

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UK PM confident of maintaining data protection standards post-Brexit

02/03/2018 by:

This afternoon, Theresa May, Prime Minister, spoke about data protection law as part of her major policy speech in London on all aspects of Brexit. She said “the free flow of data is also critical for both sides in any modern trading relationship...

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Prime Minister stresses the importance of data protection

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19/02/2018 by:

The government is ready to start talking through data protection arrangements with the EU for when the UK is no longer in the European Union. In a speech delivered at a security conference on 17 February, Prime Minister Theresa May said that we mu...

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New ICO notification fees up to £2,900

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21/02/2018 by:

The government has published the format for new notification fees to fund the ICO’s work from 25 May onwards when the GDPR enters into force. The new structure was laid before Parliament on 20 February as a Statutory Instrument. Until 25 May,...

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Buttarelli gives the post-Brexit options for the UK and insights into the EU DP Board

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23/02/2018 by:

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, in London yesterday, explained that Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has been working hard to explore different scenarios to ensure that the UK will continue working as a...

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Denham: Consent needed for electronic marketing

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27/02/2018 by:

Speaking at the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) conference on 23 February, Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said that whilst the details of the new EU e-privacy regulation are still being debated, the current draft proposes opt-in ...

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ICO will take proportionate approach to GDPR fines

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26/01/2018 by:

The ICO is not planning to issue fines in every circumstance when it detects a breach of the GDPR (or implementing legislation), ICO’s Steve Eckersley said at the CDPD conference in Brussels. Eckersley stated that the ICO will also have other...

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UK is a 3rd country for data transfers from 30 March 2019

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10/01/2018 by:

In a notice issued yesterday, the EU Commission makes clear that ‘in view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, all stakeholders processing personal data are reminded of legal...

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Labour calls for privacy to be included as a fundamental right in DP Bill

06/03/2018 by:

At the Data Protection Bill's second reading at the House of Commons yesterday evening, the Opposition demanded that the Data Protection Bill is amended so that it explicitly recognises privacy an an unqualified fundamental right as per Article 8 ...

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Government tables new amendments to Data Protection Bill

08/03/2018 by:

The government has tabled several amendments to the Data Protection Bill which received its second reading at the House of Commons on 5 March ( see our report ). Clause 154 has been amended so that the Information Commissioner may also consider...

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DP Bill amendments on data processing for safeguarding purposes

14/03/2018 by:

The House of Commons Public Bill Committee yesterday adopted government amendments that introduce new measures for processing personal data for safeguarding purposes. Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Home Department...

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ICO’s Denham wants a lower threshold for search warrants

18/04/2018 by:

Speaking in London today, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said that she is in discussions with the government to secure a stronger audit power in the UK Data Protection Bill than currently planned. Speaking about the Facebook / Cambridge...

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ICO launches consultation on stronger regulatory action and continues with its micro-targeting investigation

04/05/2018 by:

The Information Commissioner today launched a consultation on stronger powers which are written into the Data Protection Bill currently going through Parliament. The Report stage in the House of Commons has been scheduled for 9th May. Proposed new...

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House of Commons passes Data Protection Bill with amendments

10/05/2018 by:

The Data Protection Bill went through the Report stage and third reading in the House of Commons yesterday. What will come next is the so called ‘Ping Pong’ between the Houses before the Bill is adopted. The government’s exemption for immigration...

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UK Data Protection Act receives Royal Assent and enters into force tomorrow

24/05/2018 by:

The UK Data Protection Bill received Royal Assent on 23 May and its main provisions will commence on 25 May 2018. The UK Act is not limited to GDPR provisions but also covers national security issues and transposes the EU Law Enforcement Directive...

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Michel Barnier says no to the UK taking part in the EDPB’s One Stop Shop

29/05/2018 by:

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said that the UK ICO cannot remain in the European Data Protection Board, EDPB, after Brexit. Barnier also said that the UK would not be able to participate in the One Stop Shop. He said: “Brex...

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Government consults on making directors liable for nuisance calls

13/06/2018 by:

The government has launched a consultation on proposals to amend the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations  to make directors liable for nuisance calls. Maximum fines would be up to £500,000, and if a firm has multiple directors, each...

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UK government makes a case for a legally binding data protection agreement with EU

15/06/2018 by:

In a recently issued technical note, the UK government argues that a legally binding agreement would be more beneficial both for the UK and the EU than an adequacy decision. After Brexit, the UK will be regarded as a third country and will need to...

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Jay Fedorak appointed as Jersey’s new Information Commissioner

15/06/2018 by:

Jersey has today announced that Dr Jay Fedorak has been appointed as Information Commissioner starting in his new role on 2 July. He will be responsible for regulating both Jersey’s data protection and freedom of information laws and representing...

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ICO sets priorities for regulatory action

21/06/2018 by:

In its draft Regulatory Action Policy, the ICO promises to continue its existing enforcement style based on education and encouraging compliance rather than being an overly strict enforcer. It says that it aims to ‘be effective, proportionate,...

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MPs: UK should start adequacy talks as soon as possible

05/07/2018 by:

The Exiting the European Union parliamentary committee states that the UK should start adequacy talks with the EU as soon as possible. The Committee says that the chances of an adequacy decision, and a close involvement in how data protection laws...

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ICO plans to sanction Facebook with maximum £500,000 fine under 1998 DP Act

11/07/2018 by:

On issuing an interim report on its investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns, the ICO plans to fine Facebook £500,000 for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. Facebook now has a chance to respond to the...

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ICO receives record number of breach notifications

20/07/2018 by:

The number of self-reported data breaches has increased by 29% from 2,447 last year to 3,156 this year. Under the GDPR, organisations are obliged to report serious data breaches to the ICO. In June, after the GDPR had entered into force, the ICO...

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