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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
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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
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Facebook agrees to pay £500,000 ICO fine

However, the social media giant has made no admission of liability
30 Oct 2019
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
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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
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Policy & legislation

Employees warned against holding on to data when quitting

ICO says it will take a tough stance against those found in breach of Data Protection Act 2018
6 Sep 2019
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Sadiq Khan concerned over facial recognition at King's Cross

The mayor of London has written to the developer calling for clearer regulation of the technology
15 Aug 2019
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Policy & legislation

Heathrow Airport and NHS Digital join ICO sandbox projects

The UK regulator will oversee the development of data-reliant services to ensure GDPR compliance
31 Jul 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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£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
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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