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?Restrictions on ICO’s Power to Impose Fines for cold calls, emails and nuisance text messages relaxed (and mobile...

From the 6 April this year, the UK regulator the Information Commissioner will be able to issue fines for breaches of the direct marketing provision of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003...more

FCA publishes Memorandum of Understanding between the FCA and ICO

On 28 January 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which it entered into with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (dated 29 September 2014)....more

Google signs UK Undertaking to Improve its Privacy Policy

On 30 January 2015, Google signed an Undertaking with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to improve and amend the Privacy Policy it adopted 1 March 2012....more

Big Data Series: Part 1: Privacy - “Big Data is not a game played by different rules”

Big data is now big business. In recent years, due to the exponential growth in the capability of technology to undertake data analytics on a massive scale, organisations have started to appreciate the potential hidden value...more

ICO Issues Warning over Misuse of Personal Data

The warning follows the recent Magistrate's Court decision which saw the ICO use its enforcement powers to bring criminal proceedings against a paralegal at a law firm, for unlawfully obtaining personal data. The paralegal...more

Findings from ICO Visits to Credit Reference Agencies

On September 30, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a review of the manner in which personal data is processed by credit reference agencies (CRAs). Although the report focuses on CRAs, the ICO...more

UK Information Commissioner’s Office Launches Consultation on Privacy Seal Program

(LONDON) The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is accepting comments from the public on a proposed UK privacy seal program. The deadline for comments is October 3, 2014....more

Update from UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Will it happen? Well, “if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck then its probably a duck”. All the indications are that the Regulation will happen. We have to assume it will. This echoes the...more

Europe Under Review: Part 1 Of 8 – Registration

Over the next few weeks we will be going back to data privacy basics in our eight part “Europe under Review” blog series. We will be comparing current data privacy laws and best practice in the UK with the proposed new state...more

The UK ICO’s Vision for the Future

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office (UK ICO), the UK regulator of information rights, has issued a consultation document to get feedback from consumers and stakeholders on the role and impact it should adopt...more

ICO fine overturned: An eye off the ball but still on the money

For the first time ever, a fine issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has been overturned on appeal. On 21 August 2013, the UK Information Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) handed down its preliminary decision...more

New Guidance From UK Privacy Regulator on Social Networking and Online Forums

Businesses are increasingly using social networks and online forums for marketing, recruiting, customer service, branding and PR purposes. The UK privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner (ICO), has recently published...more

New Enforcement Guidance from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office

(LONDON) Who is on the ICO’s radar these days? August seems to be the month for getting new guidance documents out the door at the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office. The UK ICO has just published guidance...more

New Tools from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office: How to Respond to Subject Access Requests

(LONDON) The UK ICO has come through yet again with some clear guidance as to how to apply the UK’s data protection laws in connection with requests by individuals for access to their personal data. While we are waiting with...more

Privacy Impact Assessments Draft Code Of Practice

On August 6, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced a consultation on a draft code of practice for conducting privacy impact assessments (PIAs)....more

ICO Fine Signals International Risks of Data Breaches

On January 24, 2013, the UK Data Protection Watchdog — the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) — fined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited £250,000 (about $400,000) for its alleged failure to implement...more

UK Data Protection Regulator ICO Flexes Power to Impose Fine - Sony Fined for Data Breach

Introduction - On 24 January 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) served Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited (“Sony”) with a monetary penalty of £250,000 following a serious breach of data security...more

The Sony data breach fine: A hand-slap from London now, but what would it have been under the proposed new EU Data Protection...

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Sony £250,000 for the widely publicized 2011 security breach during which hackers gained access to personal data (including credit card information) of over 77 million...more

UK Cookie Enforcement Report: Relevant to Canada

On December 18, 2012, the UK Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) issued an enforcement report on compliance with the rules regarding obtaining consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies....more

UK Cookie Enforcement Report: Relevant To Canada

On December 18, 2012, the UK Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) issued an enforcement report on compliance with the rules regarding obtaining consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies....more

Leveson on Data Protection in the UK: What Do Allegations of Phone Hacking Have to Do With Data Protection?

The much-anticipated Leveson Inquiry on the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press (“Leveson Report” or “Report”) was released on November 29, 2012. The inquiry leading to the Report was initiated as a response to ongoing...more

Cloud Computing in the EU: ICO Releases Guidance on Personal Data and Cloud Computing

The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recently issued Guidance on Personal Data and Cloud Computing, offering best practices for companies that are using - or contemplating using - cloud computing...more

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office Seeks Views on Privacy Seals

The European Commission’s revised data protection framework proposals include provisions intended to encourage the use of data protection privacy seals, certification mechanisms and trust marks. These provisions would allow...more

Data Anonymization: UK Code and a New “Anonymisation Network”

On November 20, 2012, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued the Code of Practice on data anonymization, entitled “Anonymisation: managing data protection risk.” I discussed the draft Code and consultation in...more

The new European Cloud Partnership and UK ICO Guidance on Personal Data and Cloud Computing

EC Cloud Partnership - The European Commission recently announced a €10 million campaign aimed at establishing standards and voluntary certification programs to make cloud computing services better aligned with...more

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