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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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ICO welcomes proposals for an EU Data Protection Regulation with reservations

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26/01/2012 by:

The ICO has welcomed the proposals for a general DP regulation, published  by the European Commission on  25 January, and says that they go a long way towards the requirements that the ICO had in mind. The proposals that promote accountability wil...

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UK ICO analysis on proposed EU DP Regulation: Too much red tape for companies

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29/02/2012 by:

The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) thinks that the proposals for an EU Data Protection Regulation are too prescriptive and may lead to data protection being regarded simply as a form-filling exercise. While the ICO welcom...

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Poor data destruction of sexual health and staff data leads to £325,000 highest ever fine by UK ICO

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01/06/2012 by:

The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) announced today a record fine of £325,000 on Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over failure to properly dispose of around 1,000 computer hard drives. As a result, 252 hard drives,...

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GlaxoSmithKline receives approval for its Binding Corporate Rules

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12/07/2013 by:

The ICO has approved GlaxoSmithKline’s Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) that apply across GSK’s human resources and R&D functions meaning that the solution frees the company to transfer data outside of the EU whether it is personal information of...

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DPAs to strengthen enforcement cooperation

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27/09/2013 by:

The Data Protection Authorities say that they will further strengthen their cooperation in order to ensure effective enforcement across jurisdictions. Speaking at the DPAs' 35th international conference in Warsaw on 26 September, UK Information...

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Christopher Graham to continue as Commissioner for another two years

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20/02/2014 by:

The Ministry of Justice has announced the reappointment of Christopher Graham as the Information Commissioner for another two years. This will bring Mr Graham’s total tenure of the post up to seven years, which is the maximum allowed (as per the...

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ICO consults on its revised CCTV code

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21/05/2014 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office launched a consultation on 20 May on its revised CCTV Code of Practice, which is primarily aimed at businesses and organisations that routinely capture individuals’ information on their surveillance systems. T...

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ICO to receive more funding to enforce DRIP (data retention) Act

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24/07/2014 by:

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, adopted quickly earlier this month (see PL&B’s e-news dated 14th July) will force mobile and landline providers and ISPs to store details of their customers' phone calls, text messages and emails fo...

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ICO: Fines are effective at improving data protection compliance

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05/08/2014 by:

Recent research by the ICO on the Impact of Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) suggests that organisations that have been issued with a fine now take their data protection obligations seriously, with revised practices and policies, and increased staf...

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ICO consults on privacy seal framework criteria

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03/09/2014 by:

The ICO is inviting organisations to provide views on the framework criteria against which proposals for privacy seal schemes will be assessed.  Proposals for a privacy seal scheme will be sought later this autumn and the ICO aims to have the seal...

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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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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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ICO fines Serious Fraud Office £180,000 and warns other law enforcement agencies

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30/03/2015 by:

The ICO has announced today that it has fined the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) £180,000 for wrongly disclosing evidence to witnesses in a bribery investigation. The bribery investigation into senior executives at BAE Systems had been concluded in...

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Christopher Graham calls for adequate resources for DPAs

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20/05/2015 by:

Hosting the EU DPAs’ Spring Conference 18-20 May in Manchester, Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, called for a more practical approach to data protection regulation. “The European Data Protection Board, for example, is coming - and it ...

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ICO issues yet another hefty fine for a security breach

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11/08/2015 by:

Companies are advised to encrypt their personal data as the UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) fines yet another firm for a data breach caused by slack security measures. On 6 August, the ICO announced that it had issued a £180,000 civil monetary...

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ICO expects much more certainty on EU DP Regs by the end of 2015

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27/08/2015 by:

The Trilogue negotiations on EU Data Protection draft Regulation will continue in September, and the ICO says that the planned timetable runs until December. ‘If all goes according to that plan, then we’ll know pretty much what’s going to be in th...

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Department of Culture Media and Sport is the ICO’s new sponsoring department

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22/09/2015 by:

A written Ministerial Statement of 17 September announced that policy responsibility for data protection, and with it sponsorship of the ICO, is moving from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Privacy...

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ICO to meet new minister and address the ECJ’s Safe Harbor decision

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08/10/2015 by:

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham will next Monday, 12 October, meet Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who represents the ICO’s new sponsoring Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Neville-Rolfe is also a Minister in the Departme...

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ICO manages staff changes with new collective leadership model

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03/11/2015 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has announced that due to recent and imminent staff changes in his staff, he will be assisted by a Senior Management Team of 12 colleagues. This replaces the smaller Executive Team, currently two...

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ICO takes a pragmatic view on transatlantic data transfers

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19/02/2016 by:

The UK ICO says that while waiting for the possible adoption of the EU-US Privacy Shield, organisations can continue to use other tools such as Standard Contractual Clauses and Binding Corporate Rules to transfer personal data to the US....

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ICO publishes its objectives for 2016-2019

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29/02/2016 by:

The new ICO corporate plan highlights the preparations needed due to the EU DP Regulation entering into force in 2018.  As one of its strategic goals, the ICO says that the law, technology and public policy need to be developed and deployed...

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ICO seeks input on Privacy Notices Code of Practice

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01/03/2016 by:

The ICO is currently consulting on proposals for a revised Privacy Notices Code of Practice. The consultation, which runs until 24 March, seeks views on how to provide privacy information in a clear and engaging way, as well as engaging individual...

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Next UK Information Commissioner announced

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22/03/2016 by:

The UK government announced this morning that Elizabeth Denham, Information and Privacy Commissioner, British Columbia, Canada, is the preferred candidate to be the UK’s next Information Commissioner. She is well known for her work internationally...

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Elizabeth Denham confirmed as the UK's next Information Commissioner

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28/04/2016 by:

The UK House of Commons Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee today confirmed Elizabeth Denham's appointment as Information Commissioner after Christopher Graham's term of office ends on 28 June. The pre-appointment hearing had a...

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UK ICO urges US to answer DPAs’ Privacy Shield questions

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29/04/2016 by:

The UK Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says that the questions the EU DPA’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party posed on the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield should be answered as a first priority. “The Article 29 Group has posed...

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GDPR will have an impact on the ICO’s business friendliness

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26/05/2016 by:

The ICO’s current regulatory style may have to change somewhat under the EU DP General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Ian Bourne, DP Policy Delivery Group Manager, ICO, said at a PL&B/Browne Jacobson seminar in London yesterday: “The ICO’s...

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UK adults try to hide data from businesses but would share it if their privacy were guaranteed

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15/06/2016 by:

Some 47% of people surveyed would be happy to share personal data with Internet companies if their privacy were guaranteed, the ICO’s annual tracking survey for 2016 reveals. 61% said that they do try to hide their personal data when using Interne...

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ICO guidance on GDPR by the end of the year

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20/06/2016 by:

The ICO says that in the next six months, it will issue guidance on: • An overview of the GDPR • Individuals’ rights • Contracts • Consent, and a Privacy notices code of practice.   The ICO also continues to be active at the European level...

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ICO comments on referendum result

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27/06/2016 by:

Following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, an ICO spokesperson said on Friday 24 June: “The Data Protection Act remains the law of the land irrespective of the referendum result." “If the UK is not part of the EU, then upcomin...

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ICO In talks with the government over future of UK DP

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28/06/2016 by:

Speaking today at the ICO's Annual Report launch event, Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said that the ICO will discuss the impact of Brexit on DP reform with the government. However, he would not want to comment on what form the futu...

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New Information Commissioner, New Data Protection Minister

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22/07/2016 by:

This week has seen two new developments on the UK information law scene: On Monday, Elizabeth Denham started her five year term as the UK’s new Information Commissioner soon after completing her term as Information and Privacy Commissioner, Britis...

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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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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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TalkTalk loses appeal at Information Tribunal: No leeway in data breach notification

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02/09/2016 by:

The Information Tribunal (The First Tier Tribunal) has dismissed TalkTalk’s appeal against the ICO’s decision to fine it £1,000 for a late data breach notification. The ICO had, on 17 February 2016, sent a Notice of Intent to issue a fixed monetar...

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ICO’s Denham: GDPR extremely likely to apply before the UK leaves the EU

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03/10/2016 by:

In a speech delivered on Thursday, 29 September in London, the United Kingdom’s new Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, stated that UK businesses with international clients and partners would be wise to carry on with their GDPR preparation...

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Directors should be personally liable for fines, says Information Commissioner in Parliament

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13/10/2016 by:

Elizabeth Denham, in her first appearance before a Parliamentary Committee since being appointed Information Commissioner, called for directors to be accountable by becoming personally liable to pay fines. The context for this comment was today’s...

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ICO issues updated code of practice and checklist on privacy notices

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26/10/2016 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office’s new code of practice on privacy notices gives guidance on how to write a new privacy notice; how to develop an existing privacy notice, and how to evaluate an existing privacy notice. The code, published on ...

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ICO to remain as a single Commissioner agency

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09/11/2016 by:

The Triennial Review, launched in 2014 and published on 8 November 2016, recommends that the ICO should be restructured as a multi-member Commission to encourage a greater breadth of decision-making and accountability. However, the Government has...

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Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, demands extending FOI to companies providing services to the public sector

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13/12/2016 by:

The ICO will submit a report to Parliament next year arguing the need to extend the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) to apply to outsourcing in the public sector. This would bring private sector companies providing services to public sector...

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ICO now in charge of TPS

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17/01/2017 by:

Starting this month, the ICO is now running the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) which provides individuals with the opportunity to opt out from telephone marketing. The move supports the ICO’s active stance in enforcing the Privacy and Electron...

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ICO updates its GDPR guidance

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18/01/2017 by:

The ICO has added some information to its GDPR guidance document, indicating the areas where the EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party will issue guidance, and areas on which the ICO is currently concentrating. The ICO aims to publish guidan...

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ICO requests stakeholder feedback on GDPR profiling issues

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07/04/2017 by:

The ICO yesterday issued a discussion paper on GRPR profiling provisions and is seeking comments by 28 April. The responses will help the ICO in its work at European level. The ICO is leading an EU Article 29 Working Party on this issue – the WP...

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Information Commissioner to investigate use of data analytics for political purposes including companies operating internationally

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17/05/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has announced today that she has launched a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.  In response to a question from PL&B, she confirmed in open session at the ICO...

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ICO issues Information Rights Strategic Plan

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30/05/2017 by:

Elizabeth Denham marked 25 May last week, exactly a year before the GDPR applies in the UK and the other European Economic Area Member States by three initiatives, including issuing the ICO’s new Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021. The...

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ICO issues revised guidance on Subject Access Requests

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21/06/2017 by:

The ICO has published a revised Subject Access Code of Practice. The ICO states that organisations should adopt a positive outlook on Subject Access Requests (SARs) – apart from fulfilling a legal right this is an ‘opportunity for you to improve...

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UK government committed to GDPR

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21/06/2017 by:

In the Queen’s Speech (outlining the new government’s programme) today, the UK government has made its intention clear to legislate to ‘ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data’ by implementing the EU...

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ICO wants a strong international presence regardless of Brexit

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10/07/2017 by:

The ICO has issued an international strategy which underlines its aim to retain a strong working relationship with its EU counterparts, as well as form new relationships and learn from other DPAs internationally. The ICO says that it will continue...

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ICO issues record number of PECR penalties

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13/07/2017 by:

 The ICO issued, in the past 12 months, more fines for PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations) breaches than ever before. The ICO’s 2016-17 Annual Report, issued today, reveals that the ICO issued 23 penalties totalling £1,923,000....

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ICO: The GDPR regime will not mean changes in its appetite for fining

09/08/2017 by:

The government’s statement of intent on Monday this week to legislate in GDPR-style also confirmed GDPR-level fines, but the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, says that maximum fines will not become the norm. Writing in a blog today,...

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ICO issues GDPR draft guidance on contracts and liabilities

13/09/2017 by:

The document, published today, and currently open for consultation, explains contracts and liabilities between controllers and processors under the GDPR. The ICO says that contracts must state details of the processing, such as the nature and...

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The ICO retains its international outlook

19/10/2017 by:

PL&B attended an IAPP event in London at Dentons on 17 October with Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who made comments on several international issues. The ICO wants to stay involved with the EU Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party...

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