Information Commissioner

What is a data protection officer?
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What is a data protection officer?

Find out what the data protection officer role involves and who you need to hire
25 Jul 2019
Businesses more reliant on ICO as data breach reports rise
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Information Commissioner

Businesses more reliant on ICO as data breach reports rise

Fourfold increase in organisations reporting data breaches points to big year ahead as GDPR fines begin rolling in
10 Jul 2019
ICO neuters UK police use of facial recognition technology
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Policy & legislation

ICO neuters UK police use of facial recognition technology

Forces must assess data protection risks and eradicate racial bias from the software or face GDPR action
9 Jul 2019
British Airways faces record £183m ICO GDPR fine
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

British Airways faces record £183m ICO GDPR fine

The penalty represents 1.5% of the firm’s annual turnover for hacks that affected 500,000 people
8 Jul 2019
Manchester business boss illegally sold data
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Information Commissioner

Manchester business boss illegally sold data

Director of No1 Accident Claims Limited raked in £1,434,679 profit from motor accident data illegally obtained and sold
1 Jul 2019
Illegal data farm found in Liverpool and raided by ICO
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Illegal data farm found in Liverpool and raided by ICO

ICO enforcement officers exercise warrant and seize computers from two addresses in Merseyside
28 Jun 2019
What is the Data Protection Act 1998?
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What is the Data Protection Act 1998?

Despite GDPR coming into force businesses may still find themselves sanctioned under the 1998 act
20 Jun 2019
ICO admits its own cookie policy is non-compliant with GDPR
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

ICO admits its own cookie policy is non-compliant with GDPR

The regulator responsible for data protection laws says a website upgrade will arrive next week
17 Jun 2019
Businesses spending more to fulfil employee SARs
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Businesses spending more to fulfil employee SARs

Report shows quarter of requests involve workers trying to find out what their company holds on them
30 May 2019
ICO to pull back the curtain on digital companies
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Information Commissioner

ICO to pull back the curtain on digital companies

Regulator launches 'Be Data Aware' campaign to help people understand how organisations use their data
9 May 2019
£120,000 ICO fine allegedly based on inaccurate information
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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
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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
NCSC will no longer flag security breaches to data regulator
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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
ICO spots gap in government's online harms white paper
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
Regulator will fine big tech for spreading 'harmful content'
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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
ICO hints at Facebook hypocrisy over data protection goals
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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
ICO's regulatory Sandbox enters beta phase
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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
Vote Leave fined £40,000 for unlawful text messages
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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
ICO wants to fix the data trust deficit
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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
ICO raids offices of nuisance call businesses
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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
Mumsnet reports data breach to ICO
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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
Housing developer hit with fine over data protection failure
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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
ICO to investigate Google over GDPR violations
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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
ICO myth-busts on the flow of data post Brexit
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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