News stories posted during August 2016

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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Tentative take-up of Privacy Shield

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17/08/2016 by:

Only 35 companies have so far been certified to the EU-US Privacy Shield, which became operational on 1 August. The programme has stricter requirements than its predecessor, Safe Harbor, which in the end had some 5,500 participants. However, large...

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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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Ashley Madison site used a fabricated security trustmark

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24/08/2016 by:

Canada’s Federal Privacy Commissioner and Australia’s Privacy Commissioner have concluded in their joint investigation into Ashley Madison’s 2015 data breach that the Toronto-based company had serious faults in its data security. For example, the...

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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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New Information Commissioner takes a supportive stance on FOI

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31/08/2016 by:

Newly appointed Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, says that she intends to oppose the government’s suggestion to introduce fees for FOI appeals to the Information Rights Tribunal. “Introducing new fees could potentially lead to a chill i...

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