News stories posted during 2014

ICO will investigate only certain types of complaints

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03/01/2014 by:

The ICO’s latest consultation, launched on 18 December, introduces some subtle changes to the current complaints handling system. The ICO says that due to the volume of enquiries and complaints, and having to make most of its limited resources, it...

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Defamation Act now in force

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16/01/2014 by:

The Defamation Act 2013, in force since 1 January 2014, reforms the law of defamation in the UK. The Act aims to balance the right to freedom of expression and people’s ability to protect their reputation. It introduces a new serious harm threshol...

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ICO publishes enforcement statistics and consequent action

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18/02/2014 by:

The ICO’s enforcement statistics, published at the end of January, reveal that the topics that generate most complaints about spam are debt management and payday loans. The ICO uses these statistics to decide in which sectors to start enforcement...

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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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Enforced subject access to be made illegal

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04/03/2014 by:

Simon Hughes, Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, and a Liberal Democrat MP, said that the government will this year put an end to the practice of enforced subject access. The government will commence reforms to the Rehabilitation o...

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Trading standards body’s £36,000 fine strengthens ICO’s enforcement of TPS laws

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24/03/2014 by:

A local trading standards body in Dorset has fined a company for breaching Telephone Preference Service (TPS) legislation. The ICO has in the past prosecuted companies for non-compliance with data protection rules in connection with TPS but this i...

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Government consults on EU's competence in the field of information rights

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31/03/2014 by:

A government consultation seeks views on the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union on the protection of personal data, and access by individuals to public information. The Review will provide a comprehensive analysis of how...

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ICO issues new guidance and organises Q&A session on online IT security

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12/05/2014 by:

The Information Commissioner’s data protection IT security report looks at frequently occurring information security threats in an online environment, and advises DP managers on how to avoid these problems. The report, published on 12 May,...

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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: EU Google judgement does not provide an absolute right to have links removed

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29/05/2014 by:

The ICO welcomes the recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on Google as it confirms that Google is acting as a data controller within the terms of the European Union Data Protection Directive when operating the search engin...

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Energy companies agree to develop new data sharing systems

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24/06/2014 by:

As a response to the government’s MiData initiative, UK energy companies have agreed to provide consumers automated access to their data files. This will make it possible for customers to easily compare quotes from different providers. Customers o...

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DP rules apply to business use of wearable technology

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26/06/2014 by:

The ICO has today published a blog explaining the circumstances in which the use of wearable technology, such as running “smart bands,” has Data Protection Act implications. The blog, written by Andrew Paterson, Senior Technology Officer, states...

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12th July: Happy birthday United Kingdom Data Protection Act

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11/07/2014 by:

It was 30 years ago today We first grappled with the DPA Then came the Directive (Which caused much invective) And a Regulation is now on its way?

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UK to adopt emergency legislation to enable retention of telecoms data

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14/07/2014 by:

The United Kingdom government announced on 10 July that that it will introduce emergency legislation to retain access to telecommunications data. The government is justifying its decision on the need to fight terrorism. The Data Retention and...

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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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MiData programme on identity assurance links with Milton Keynes, Smart City

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26/08/2014 by:

The MiData Studio project, aimed at empowering citizens with their own data while creating trust, will make recommendations for including privacy principles into the design of the project. The three-month feasibility study will involve Milton Keyn...

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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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Many mobile apps fail to provide basic privacy information

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17/09/2014 by:

A privacy sweep conducted by 26 Privacy Commissioners around the world reveals that 85% of the apps surveyed failed to clearly explain how they were collecting, using and disclosing personal information (sweep announced in PL&B international e-new...

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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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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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EU competence in data protection generally advantageous to the UK

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19/12/2014 by:

The Ministry of Justice’s Balance of Competences report on access to information and data protection says that stakeholders think EU data protection rules have had a positive impact on the UK. Respondents to this call for evidence which evaluates...

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