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Six month prison sentence for motor industry employee in first ICO Computer Misuse Act prosecution

A motor industry employee has been sentenced to six months in prison in the first prosecution to be brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under legislation which carries a potential prison sentence.

ICO’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns

The Information Commissione has published a report to Parliament that brings the various strands of our investigation up to date. 

ICO sets alarm bells ringing for ‘cold callers’ as it fines home security firms

Two firms that were behind nearly 600,000 nuisance calls attempting to sell home security systems to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), have been fined a total of £220,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Beesley Lecture - ‘Regulating the tech giants in the digital age’

ICO Deputy Commissioner (Operations) James Dipple-Johnstone’s speech at the Institute of Directors in London, 31 October 2018.

Statement update in response to British Airways breach

ICO statement in response to British Airways breach announcement.

ICO issues maximum £500,000 fine to Facebook for failing to protect users’ personal information

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Facebook £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection law.

UK Information Commissioner elected chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, has today been elected Chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC).

ICO welcomes Government’s early signing of the modernised Convention 108

Today, a modernised version of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 opens for signature in Strasbourg and the ICO is delighted that the UK Government is among the very first signatories.

New data protection self-assessment checklist for sole traders

The ICO has today launched a  self-assessment checklist   that will help sole traders and self-employed individuals to assess their compliance with new data protection laws.

ICO fines firm £90,000 for nuisance emails about pre-paid funeral plans

The Information Commissioner has fined London-based marketing company, Boost Finance Ltd (BFL), a company responsible for millions of nuisance emails about pre-paid funeral plans.

Heathrow Airport Limited fined £120,000 for serious failings in its data protection practices

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to ensure that the personal data held on its network was properly secured.

New ICO hub to support innovation

The ICO has been awarded funding to provide data privacy expertise to other UK regulators to ensure rules and regulations keep pace with technologies of the future.

Meet the new ICO Director Strategic Policy (International)

Anneke Schmider has been recently appointed to the new role Director of Strategic Policy (International) at the ICO.

ICO statement regarding STS Commercial Ltd

An ICO spokesperson said: “On 6 July 2018 the ICO announced it had imposed a fine of £60,000 on STS Commercial Ltd for allowing its lines to be used to send spam texts. “STS Commercial Ltd appealed that penalty and upon considering the grounds of appeal, the ICO accepts that the appeal…

ICO fines Manchester firm £150,000 for making nuisance calls

A Manchester firm has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for making thousands of nuisance direct marketing phone calls.

ICO statement in response to Conservative Party conference app incident

An ICO spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident involving a Conservative Party conference app and we will be making enquiries with the Conservative Party. “Organisations have a legal duty to keep personal data safe and secure. Under the GDPR they must notify the ICO within 72 hours…

ICO statement in response to Facebook data breach announcement

ICO Deputy Commissioner of operations, James Dipple-Johnstone, said: “It’s always the company’s responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers. "We will be making enquiries with Facebook and…

Bupa fined £175,000 for systemic data protection failures

Bupa Insurance Services Limited (Bupa) has been fined £175,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to have effective security measures in place to protect customers’ personal information.

ICO discusses GDPR Strategy at the third European Data Protection Board Plenary meeting

This week the UK’s Information Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners attended the third meeting of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB).

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