News stories posted during November 2012

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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