News stories posted during 2015

ICO calls for careful balance between privacy rights and response to terrorism

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13/01/2015 by:

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says we must not compromise effective encryption for consumers using online services as a response to terrorism. “I do not underestimate the real challenges posed by international terrorism –...

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ICO receives powers to audit NHS

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02/02/2015 by:

After years of lobbying, the ICO has been given the power to conduct mandatory audits on the National Health Service. The move is a direct result of serious non-compliance in this sector - the ICO has issued fines totalling £1.3m to NHS...

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Easier route for ICO to fine nuisance callers

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25/02/2015 by:

The Department for Culture Media and Sport announced today that it will amend the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR) and remove the requirement of “substantial damage or substantial distress” as a prerequisite for the IC...

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Enforced subject access a criminal offence from today

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10/03/2015 by:

From 10 March, it will be a criminal offence to require an individual to make a subject access request for information related to their criminal past. Employers may no longer require that the individual supply them with a relevant record. This...

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Interception of Communications Commissioner makes 346 recommendations

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20/03/2015 by:

The Interception of Communications Commissioner, Rt Hon. Sir Anthony May, says in his recently published report that there is no significant institutional overuse of communications data powers by police forces and law enforcement agencies. However...

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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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Magistrates’ courts can now impose unlimited fines for DP Act criminal offences

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15/04/2015 by:

Since 12 March, Magistrates’ courts are no longer limited to £5,000 fines for criminal offences under the DP Act. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Fines on Summary Conviction) Regulations 2015, which allow for an...

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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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Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 unlawful, court says

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17/07/2015 by:

A judgement by the Divisional Court, issued today, declares section 1 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) 2014 inconsistent with European Union law. The court says that: a) it does not lay down clear and precise rules...

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UK Supreme Court grants permission in part for Google to appeal in compensation case

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31/07/2015 by:

The Supreme Court has granted Google permission to appeal in respect of two grounds of appeal in a claim for compensation for distress. This is the latest development, announced by the Supreme Court on 28th July, in the long-standing efforts of...

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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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MPs scrutinise Big Data

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18/09/2015 by:

Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee is currently conducting an inquiry that examines the opportunities and risks of 'Big Data'. The inquiry, which sought written submissions by 3 September, looks at ‘whether the government is doing enoug...

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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 fines energy company £200,000

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05/10/2015 by:

A green energy company, Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELM), has been fined £200,000 for a breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). The company had made over six million calls as part of a massive automated...

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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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Government issues draft Investigatory Powers Bill

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04/11/2015 by:

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill was issued today and will now be examined in detail by both Houses of Parliament before a final Bill is produced. Making a statement in the House of Commons, Theresa May, Home Secretary, said that the final Bill...

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