News and blogs

Blog: ICO Adtech update report published following industry engagement

In recent months we’ve been reviewing how personal data is used in real time bidding (RTB) in programmatic advertising, engaging with key stakeholders directly and via our fact-finding forum event to understand the views and concerns of those involved.

ICO joins the UK Regulators Network

The ICO has joined the UK Regulators Network (UKRN) as a full member.

ICO fines home security company for making thousands of nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Smart Home Protection Ltd £90,000 for making nuisance calls to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Former customer services officer fined after unlawfully accessing personal data

A former customer services officer at Stockport Homes Limited (SHL) has been found guilty of unlawfully accessing personal data without a legitimate reason to do so.

G20 Side Event - International Seminar on Personal Data

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's speech at the G20 Side Event - International Seminar on Personal Data in Tokyo on 3 June 2019.

Blog: Counting the cost of accessing environmental information

At the beginning of May, Parliament declared a ‘climate change emergency’ and concerns about the environment make news headlines almost every day. So it’s more important than ever that people are able to get the information they need to take part in informed debates.

When it comes to explaining AI decisions, context matters

Blogger post:  Alex Hubbard, Senior Policy Officer at the ICO, looks at some of the key themes identified in the ICO and The Alan Turing Institute’s interim report about explanations of AI decisions.

GDPR - one year on

Last May marked a seismic shift in privacy and information rights with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Work begins on creating ICO Sandbox short list as application period closes

Applications for the   ICO Sandbox   have now closed and we have had a fantastic response, with 64 submissions received in total.

Known security risks exacerbated by AI

We would like to hear your views on how known security risks can be exacerbated by AI. We welcome any feedback on our current thinking. 

9th European Data Protection Days

Deputy Commissioner (Policy) Steve Wood's speech at the 9th European Data Protection Days conference in Berlin on 20 May 2019. Original script may differ from delivered version. It’s a pleasure to be here today and I would like to thank the organisers for putting such a significant event…

Blog: Data protection doesn’t take a day off

Last year we began taking action against organisations for non-payment of the data protection fee, sending out a clear message that those who didn’t pay risked a fine.

Blog: Using biometric data in a fair, transparent and accountable manner

As technology takes ever greater strides, so organisations and businesses are harnessing its capabilities to help manage their contact with customers, including using it for means of identification and authentication.

Helping people be data aware

Today the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching the ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign to help people understand how organisations might be using their data to target them online, and how people can control who is targeting them.

ICO fines PPI claims company £120,000 for millions of nuisance texts

The ICO has fined a PPI claims management company £120,000 for sending unlawful spam texts about its services.

ICO says that voice data collected unlawfully by HMRC should be deleted

An ICO investigation into HMRC’s Voice ID service was prompted by a complaint from Big Brother Watch about the department’s conduct.

Helping us strike the right balance between journalism and data protection

Privacy and freedom of expression are both fundamental rights that are equally vital to our society, democracy and way of life. But they can sometimes appear to be in conflict with each other. Our data protection laws aim to reconcile these rights and achieve a crucial balance. But it is important that those organisations engaged in journalism know how to apply the requirements and exemptions in practice.

ICO fines funeral plan firm and asks public to help elderly relatives to report nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) wants people to support their elderly relatives or neighbours if they are receiving nuisance marketing calls.

Blog: Children’s privacy – new standards for online services will help protect children

ICO launches consultation on Code of Practice to help protect children online

Today the Information Commissioner’s Office opens consultation on 16 standards that online services must meet to protect children’s privacy. Age appropriate design: a code of practice for online services sets out the standards expected of those responsible for designing, developing or providing…