News stories posted during August 2012

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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Google fined $22.5m for monitoring of web surfing

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14/08/2012 by:

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has imposed its biggest ever fine on Google. Users of Apple’s Safari browser who had a "do not track" privacy setting selected were still being monitored, according to the FTC. According to the FTC’s complaint...

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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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Organisations should include FOI provisions in contracts with private sector providers, MPs say

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14/08/2012 by:

MPs on Parliament's Justice Select Committee say that contracts may be the best way forward to ensure that private sector companies performing public duties comply with their FOI obligations. The Committee, which has scrutinised the effectiveness ...

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US FTC orders Facebook to correct deceptive privacy settings and apps program

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15/08/2012 by:

Following a public comment period, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accepted as final a settlement with Facebook which says the company shall not misrepresent in any manner the extent to which it maintains privacy or security for personal...

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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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New Zealand: Accident Compensation Corporation to be audited every two years

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23/08/2012 by:

An independent review into to the privacy breach by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) says that while the breach was a result of a genuine error, it happened due to systematic weaknesses within ACC’s culture, systems and processes. A...

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