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Information Commissioner

UK data watchdog cut IT spending by £1.2 million during pandemic
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public sector

UK data watchdog cut IT spending by £1.2 million during pandemic

The ICO’s IT budget has been slashed by around 23% since 2019
12 May 2022
UK watchdogs to scrutinise widespread use of algorithms
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Policy & legislation

UK watchdogs to scrutinise widespread use of algorithms

The effort will be a collaboration between the CMA, FCA, ICO, and Ofcom
28 Apr 2022
Data for 120 army recruits found on the dark web
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data breaches

Data for 120 army recruits found on the dark web

The website, run jointly with Capita, has been offline since mid-March as MoD assesses the scope of the breach
26 Apr 2022
What is a freedom of information (FOI) request?
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Policy & legislation

What is a freedom of information (FOI) request?

We look at the mechanism citizens can use to hold public bodies to account
22 Apr 2022
Exclusive: Former Shiseido staff say company was aware of data breach weeks before official notice
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data breaches

Exclusive: Former Shiseido staff say company was aware of data breach weeks before official notice

Fake companies were created using the stolen identities of hundreds of Shiseido employees, former staff claim
20 Apr 2022
Funky Pigeon site offline after "cyber incident"
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Security

Funky Pigeon site offline after "cyber incident"

The WH Smith-owned card site has reported the breach to "the relevant regulators"
19 Apr 2022
ICO chief warns ministers against ditching GDPR safeguards
Information Commissioner John Edwards
Information Commissioner

ICO chief warns ministers against ditching GDPR safeguards

Individual rights come before anything else, John Edwards insists, amid government plot to rip up data protection laws
23 Mar 2022
Cabinet Office fined £500,000 for New Year Honours data leak
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data breaches

Cabinet Office fined £500,000 for New Year Honours data leak

Error led to more than 1,000 people having their names and corresponding addresses posted online
3 Dec 2021
Clearview AI faces £17 million fine for violating UK data protection laws
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Information Commissioner

Clearview AI faces £17 million fine for violating UK data protection laws

The ICO has voiced "significant concerns" that the company has processed UK personal data without people's knowledge
30 Nov 2021
Google offers new cookie commitments to CMA
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Google offers new cookie commitments to CMA

Tech giant proposes a privacy sandbox to replace third-party tracking on Chrome
26 Nov 2021
ICO publishes new data protection standards for the adtech industry
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data protection

ICO publishes new data protection standards for the adtech industry

The new rules apply to new online advertising strategies which must place protections for users at the forefront
25 Nov 2021
Clearview AI ordered to cease data scraping in Australia
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privacy

Clearview AI ordered to cease data scraping in Australia

A joint investigation between the UK and Australia information commissioners has found that the AI company breached Australians’ privacy
3 Nov 2021
Former Google director Gill Whitehead appointed CEO of UK digital regulator forum
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data protection

Former Google director Gill Whitehead appointed CEO of UK digital regulator forum

Whitehead will lead the new body coordinating the work of the Financial Conduct Authority, the ICO, the CMA, and Ofcom
1 Nov 2021
DCMS lifts the lid on UK GDPR reforms, including ICO restructure
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data protection

DCMS lifts the lid on UK GDPR reforms, including ICO restructure

The government hopes to clarify ambiguities in the law and give businesses peace of mind when processing personal data
10 Sep 2021
ICO under fire over plans to urge G7 to tackle cookie pop-ups
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Information Commissioner

ICO under fire over plans to urge G7 to tackle cookie pop-ups

The Open Rights Group says the data regulator should "follow its own conclusions and enforce the law"
7 Sep 2021
UK reveals post-Brexit data reforms alongside flurry of international agreements
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

UK reveals post-Brexit data reforms alongside flurry of international agreements

The US, Australia, and South Korea are among the countries the government is prioritising for multi-billion-pound adequacy agreements
26 Aug 2021
New Zealand privacy commissioner tipped to become next ICO head
NZ privacy commissioner John Edwards
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New Zealand privacy commissioner tipped to become next ICO head

John Edwards is said to be an 'anti-Facebook' regulator who would fit well in the UK's plans to clamp down on big tech
26 Jul 2021
UK gun owners urged to be ‘vigilant’ after Guntrader data breach
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data breaches

UK gun owners urged to be ‘vigilant’ after Guntrader data breach

100,000 customer names and addresses have been published to the dark web
23 Jul 2021
ICO launches AI risk assessment toolkit for businesses
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Information Commissioner

ICO launches AI risk assessment toolkit for businesses

The watchdog is calling for organisations to test its beta data assessment package on live AI applications
21 Jul 2021
What is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)?
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Information Commissioner

What is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)?

Who is the Information Commissioner, what powers do they have, and how will the ICO enforce GDPR?
15 Jul 2021
ICO confirms investigation into gov use of personal email
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Information Commissioner

ICO confirms investigation into gov use of personal email

Health ministers use of all private messaging channels will be looked at, which may also include the use of WhatsApp
7 Jul 2021
Labour calls for investigation into Hancock's use of private email
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email providers

Labour calls for investigation into Hancock's use of private email

Reports claim the former health secretary "routinely" breached guidelines by using his personal Gmail for government business
28 Jun 2021
ICO: Use of facial recognition tech in public spaces deeply concerning
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biometrics

ICO: Use of facial recognition tech in public spaces deeply concerning

ICO investigations found most companies using the technology tended to be "immature" in their approach to data protection
18 Jun 2021