Information Commissioner

What is the Data Protection Act 1998?
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data protection

What is the Data Protection Act 1998?

Despite GDPR coming into force businesses may still find themselves sanctioned under the 1998 act
12 Apr 2021
Next Information Commissioner will correct ‘imbalance’ favouring privacy rights
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Information Commissioner

Next Information Commissioner will correct ‘imbalance’ favouring privacy rights

The government will seek a successor to Elizabeth Denham who can focus not just on data protection but on innovation
9 Mar 2021
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
24 Feb 2021
Foxtons customer data leaked onto the dark web
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data breaches

Foxtons customer data leaked onto the dark web

The company has been accused of "failing" to inform customers after becoming aware of data leak last month
3 Feb 2021
ICO restarts AdTech probe following threats of legal action
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Information Commissioner

ICO restarts AdTech probe following threats of legal action

The regulator says the "complex" investigation will resume with a series of audits focusing on digital market platforms
22 Jan 2021
Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach

The decision to issue a substantially lower fine once again raises questions as to the effectiveness of GDPR enforcement
30 Oct 2020
UK gov faces legal action over Test and Trace data retention
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privacy

UK gov faces legal action over Test and Trace data retention

Privacy campaigners urge Matt Hancock to take "urgent responsibility" to protect peoples' data
26 Oct 2020
British Airways dodges £183 million data breach fine after coronavirus disruption
data breaches

British Airways dodges £183 million data breach fine after coronavirus disruption

The Information Commissioner's Office will now fine the airline £20 million for a data breach that affected over 400,000 customers
16 Oct 2020
ICO to probe Klarna over marketing email blunder
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Information Commissioner

ICO to probe Klarna over marketing email blunder

The ICO has opened an inquiry into the fintech firm after receiving complaints about unwanted marketing emails
14 Oct 2020
Blackbaud admits bank account details were lost in May data breach
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Security

Blackbaud admits bank account details were lost in May data breach

Cloud firm faces growing backlash and potential legal action in the US following cyber attack over the summer
2 Oct 2020
MPs turn on the ICO over contact-tracing fiasco
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MPs turn on the ICO over contact-tracing fiasco

Open Rights Group says there is "something rotten at the heart of the ICO" for not acting on the government's "unlawful behaviour"
21 Aug 2020
Regulators urge video conferencing firms to review security procedures
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Regulators urge video conferencing firms to review security procedures

Six data authorities send an open letter to the industry, suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to new risks
22 Jul 2020
Understaffed data regulators putting GDPR at risk of collapse
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Understaffed data regulators putting GDPR at risk of collapse

Complaint singles out UK's ICO for dedicating only 3% of its 680 staff to tech privacy
29 Apr 2020
ICO to relax GDPR enforcement during coronavirus economic downturn
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

ICO to relax GDPR enforcement during coronavirus economic downturn

Fines for data breaches likely to be much lower until organisations can recover
16 Apr 2020
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 Apr 2020
Virgin Media 'likely to face maximum GDPR fine' following data leak
data breaches

Virgin Media 'likely to face maximum GDPR fine' following data leak

Company reveals that the details of 900,000 existing and potential customers were exposed online for at least ten months
7 Mar 2020
ICO fines Cathay Pacific £500,000 for 2018 data breach
data breaches

ICO fines Cathay Pacific £500,000 for 2018 data breach

Hong Kong airline hit with maximum fine under the Data Protection Act 2018 for "basic" security failures
4 Mar 2020
ICO launches two GDPR compliance schemes
Information Commissioner

ICO launches two GDPR compliance schemes

Code of Conduct and Certification services aim to help organisations show greater accountability
2 Mar 2020
ICO appoints Data Ethics Advisor with a focus on GDPR
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Information Commissioner

ICO appoints Data Ethics Advisor with a focus on GDPR

Ellis Parry will join the regulator to ensure it contributes to discussions on data ethics
19 Nov 2019
ICO calls for police to curb their use of facial recognition
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Information Commissioner

ICO calls for police to curb their use of facial recognition

Data commissioner says authorities need to 'stop and take a breath'
1 Nov 2019
Facebook agrees to pay £500,000 ICO fine
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data protection

Facebook agrees to pay £500,000 ICO fine

However, the social media giant has made no admission of liability
30 Oct 2019
ICO issues guidance in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit
Information Commissioner

ICO issues guidance in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit

With additional measure likely to be placed upon the flow of data from the EEA, the UK's regulator urges businesses to be ready
12 Sep 2019
MPs demand social media chats of Downing Street advisors
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Policy & legislation

MPs demand social media chats of Downing Street advisors

Staff are thought to have discussed Brexit no-deal planning through personal channels like WhatsApp and Facebook messenger
10 Sep 2019