News stories posted during November 2014

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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US Federal Communications Commission fines two phone companies $10 million

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04/11/2014 by:

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued, on 24 October, a 10 million dollar fine for breaching consumer privacy and data security. The phone companies, TerraCom and its affiliate YourTel America, claimed in their privacy policies tha...

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FOI private members' Bills seek to extend transparency obligations

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10/11/2014 by:

A private member's Bill, published on 28 October, seeks to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to apply its provisions to private healthcare companies and other bodies seeking health service contracts. If enacted, the Bill would apply to...

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TRUSTe settles charges with US FTC for failures in its privacy seal programme

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21/11/2014 by:

 The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged TRUSTe, US-based provider of privacy certifications for online businesses, for deceiving consumers about its recertification program for companies’ privacy practices. The FTC Chairwoman, Edith...

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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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Extending the FOIA to companies? Two trials and one conference mark nearly 10 years of the FOIA entering into force

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27/11/2014 by:

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was adopted (received Royal Assent) on 30th November 2000 and entered into force on 1st January 2005. This week: 1. There is a hearing in the Information Tribunal on whether water companies should be considere...

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