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Information Commissioner

£120,000 ICO fine allegedly based on inaccurate information

The fined company was accused of working with a third-party to distribute more than four million unsolicited text messages
8 May 2019

The ICO compels HMRC to delete 5m biometric records

The action was prompted after the records were found to be collected unethically since January 2017
7 May 2019
Information Commissioner

NCSC will no longer flag security breaches to data regulator

UK cyber agency wants companies to seek security advice without the fear of fines
25 Apr 2019
Elizabeth Denham
Information Commissioner

ICO spots gap in government's online harms white paper

Elizabeth Denham tells MPs that more needs to be done to tackle online adverts that influence elections
24 Apr 2019
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Policy & legislation

Regulator will fine big tech for spreading 'harmful content'

Draft proposals will see senior managers face criminal liability, while ISPs could block some services entirely
8 Apr 2019
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Policy & legislation

ICO hints at Facebook hypocrisy over data protection goals

Elizabeth Denham asks Facebook to drop appeal after CEO's call for greater internet regulation
2 Apr 2019
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Policy & legislation

ICO's regulatory Sandbox enters beta phase

Sandbox will help startups ensure personal data-based products and services comply with data protection laws
29 Mar 2019
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Information Commissioner

Vote Leave fined £40,000 for unlawful text messages

It's the latest fine in a string of penalties for unlawful political advertising
20 Mar 2019
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Information Commissioner

ICO wants to fix the data trust deficit

False choices and clever designs are sending us towards a crisis, says ICO director.
13 Mar 2019
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Information Commissioner

ICO raids offices of nuisance call businesses

The ICO fires "a clear warning shot" at perpetrators of nuisance calls
13 Mar 2019
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Information Commissioner

Mumsnet reports data breach to ICO

Mumsnet admitted data breach fault after a botched upgrade shares its user's data
8 Feb 2019
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data protection

Housing developer hit with fine over data protection failure

ICO slaps firm with penalty for failing to comply with Subject Access Request
8 Feb 2019
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Policy & legislation

ICO to investigate Google over GDPR violations

UK Watchdog to liaise with other European regulators over 'forced consent' push by the tech giant
4 Feb 2019
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Data & insights

ICO myth-busts on the flow of data post Brexit

The Information Commissioner explains how data will move between the UK and EU in a no-deal scenario
28 Jan 2019
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Microsoft faces GDPR sanctions over Office data harvesting

Microsoft now faces sanctions as investigators claim the policy breaches GDPR
15 Nov 2018
Computer Misuse Act

Six-month sentence handed for data abuse in ICO prosecution

Data regulator hints seeking tougher punishment was an effort to change behaviour in how personal data is held and processed
13 Nov 2018
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Oracle and Equifax among firms accused of violating GDPR

Privacy International accuse seven data brokers, at-tech firms and credit agencies of being “premised on exploiting people’s data”
9 Nov 2018
Policy & legislation

Leave.EU faces big fine over data law breaches

Information commissioner reveals Leave.EU was fined a total of £75,000 for “serious breaches”
6 Nov 2018
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Warped consumer expectations may evolve GDPR compliance

With five months of GDPR seeing SARs spike, and “bizarre” RTBF requests, could a new breed of compliance emerge?
15 Oct 2018
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Information Commissioner

NHS faces regulatory action over unpaid data protection fees

Trusts among dozens of organisations told by ICO to pay up or face fines
26 Sep 2018
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data protection

Equifax with £500,000 after massive breach

The firm narrowly avoids facing a multi-million pound fine under GDPR
20 Sep 2018
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Information Commissioner

ICO: Companies “over-reporting” data breaches

Regulator reveals myths around GDPR fines and data breach reporting are still widespread three months in
13 Sep 2018
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data protection

Public now more trusting of companies to hold their data

Less than one in five trust social media firms to keep their data safe according to the annual survey
7 Sep 2018
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data breaches

West Ham accidentally leaks hundreds of fans' personal data

The club accidentally copied fans’ details into a mass email addressed to up to 200 supporters
24 Aug 2018