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UK Information Commissioner’s Office Assesses Nuisance Calls Fines

The Information Commissioner’s Officer (“ICO”) has issued a fine of £200,000, its largest ever penalty for nuisance calls, to Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd. (“HELM”), a green energy company. HELM was investigated...more

ICO upholds FCA FOI disclosure refusal

ICO has upheld the FCA decision to refuse to disclose certain information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) relating to countries FCA deems to present a high money laundering risk. FCA had been asked to disclose...more

Round-up of Safe Harbor guidance issued by EU Data Protection Authorities

October has been a busy month for Data Protection Authorities in the EU. Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment in Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362-14) on 6 October,...more

UPDATE: Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? The European Court of Justice Answers with a Resounding “No”

On September 28, 2015, we released a client alert noting that European Commission Decision 2000/520, known as the “Safe Harbor” for U.S. companies handling the private data of EU citizens, was under attack in the advisory...more

No Safe Harbour? Immediate Implications for Employers

A landmark decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that companies may no longer rely on “Safe Harbour” to justify transferring personal data from the European Union to the US, because the US Government has a...more

The Safe Harbor Ruling – FAQs and What Your Business Should Do Now

Overview questions - 1. I’m Safe Harbor certified and have seen news articles reporting that “Safe Harbor is invalid”. What does that mean? On 6 October, the European Court of Justice delivered a judgment which...more

UK Patients’ Data Exposed by Group Email

The 56 Dean Street Clinic, which is operated by the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust and specializes in HIV and other sexual health services, has apologized for the error which revealed (to all 780 recipients) the full names...more

UK first: right-to-be-forgotten notice issued against Google Inc.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) has published what appears to be its first public enforcement notice based upon “the right to be forgotten” against Google Inc. The “right to be forgotten” was introduced by...more

Subject Access Request risk: limits in sight?

A recent High Court case took a very robust stance on the issue of DSARs (Data Subject Access Requests) being used to fuel litigation. An individual can make a DSAR to request access to any of his/her personal...more

Crackdown on ‘Back-door’ Criminal Record Checks

Under section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it is now a criminal offence for any person or organisation to require an individual to submit a ‘subject access request’ (i.e. the right for an individual to access any...more

?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

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