News stories posted during October 2011

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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FOIA extended to cover ACPO, UCAS and FOS

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The Ministry of Justice announced on 1 November that an order has come into effect bringing the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), and the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) under the...

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Consultation on model publication scheme

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04/11/2011 by:

The ICO has launched a consultation on the revision of its model publication scheme, under sections 19 and 20 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The consultation seeks views on the current publication scheme requirements, and changes to it. H...

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Consultation on US COPPA changes

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08/11/2011 by:

The US Federal Trade Commission, FTC, is seeking comments on proposed revisions to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The FTC’s Rule implements the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which provides protection for the...

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Ireland's DPA starts Facebook audit

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08/11/2011 by:

A spokesperson at the Irish Data Protection Commission told PL&B on 7 November that the office commenced a comprehensive audit of Facebook Ireland at the end of October.  ‘This will assess Facebook's compliance with the requirements of the Irish...

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Proposals on European Union DP Directive revision expected end of January 2012

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10/11/2011 by:

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding confirmed on 7 November that the timetable for publishing proposals on the revision of the EU Data Protection Directive has been delayed, and proposals will be ready by the end of January 2012. Reding and...

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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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US FTC welcomes APEC privacy rules

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17/11/2011 by:

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has welcomed the approval of APEC cross-border-privacy rules by APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) members in meeting in Hawaii on 13 November. The APEC privacy system aims at harmonising...

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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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