Information Commissioner

New Zealand privacy commissioner tipped to become next ICO head
NZ privacy commissioner John Edwards
Information Commissioner

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
Privacy campaigners rally against "illegal" Clearview AI data scraping
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Privacy campaigners rally against "illegal" Clearview AI data scraping

The notorious facial recognition firm claims to have a database of more than three billion images scraped from social media sites
27 May 2021
ICO fines contact-tracing service for using personal data for marketing
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privacy

ICO fines contact-tracing service for using personal data for marketing

Tested.Me Ltd sent 84,000 ‘nuisance' emails to people who had scanned QR codes to check into venues during the COVID pandemic
19 May 2021
UK devising EU-alternative mechanism for global data sharing
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data protection

UK devising EU-alternative mechanism for global data sharing

The mechanism will replace the soon-to-be invalid EU standard contractual clauses
5 May 2021
COVID vaccine passports will fail unless government wins public trust, ICO warns
The Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham
privacy

COVID vaccine passports will fail unless government wins public trust, ICO warns

Data watchdog's chief Elizabeth Denham warns that it’s not good enough to claim ‘this is important, so trust us’
5 May 2021
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
Information Commissioner

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
video conferencing

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