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Nurse prosecuted for inappropriately accessing patient records

A former nurse at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been prosecuted for accessing patients’ medical records without authorisation. Clare Lawson who had been a staff nurse on the hospital’s Rehabilitation Ward since October 2011 had accessed patients’ medical records outside of her…

Credit reference agency Equifax fined for security breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued Equifax Ltd with a £500,000 fine for failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million UK citizens during a cyber attack in 2017.

CBI Cyber Security: Business Insight Conference

ICO Deputy Commissioner (Operations) James Dipple-Johnstone – speech to the CBI Cyber Security: Business Insight Conference

ICO statement in response to British Airways breach announcement

ICO statement in response to British Airways breach announcement

Organisations must continue to improve transparency and accountability as ICO survey shows most UK citizens still don’t trust organisations with their data

The Information Commissioner is reminding organisations to be transparent with people’s personal information, after a survey revealed trust and confidence in how organisations handle personal data is still low, despite an improvement across sectors.

Marketing agency fined £60,000 for nuisance emails

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Everything DM Ltd (EDML) , based in Stevenage, £60,000 for sending 1.42 million emails without consent. The investigation found that, between May 2016 and May 2017, the firm used its direct marketing system called ‘Touchpoint’ to send…

Blog: Continuous CCTV in taxis – where do councils stand?

CCTV cameras have become a part of our everyday lives, we go about our business largely unaware of them. They can serve as a valuable tool for security, crime prevention and detection.

ICO strengthens commitment to technology and innovation with appointment of new executive director

The Information Commissioner’s commitment to encouraging new ideas and emerging technologies while protecting people’s privacy has been strengthened with a high-profile appointment.

Emma’s Diary fined £140,000 for selling personal information for political campaigning

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Lifecycle Marketing (Mother and Baby) Ltd, also known as Emma’s Diary , £140,000 for illegally collecting and selling personal information belonging to more than one million people. The data broking company, which provides advice on…

Marketing firm fined £100,000 after making more than 75,000 nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined an East Sussex marketing company £100,000 for making 75,649 nuisance calls. AMS Marketing Ltd, of Peacehaven, made the calls to people who had opted out of receiving marketing calls by registering with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). …

ICO statement in response to Dixons Carphone breach announcement

ICO statement in response to Dixons Carphone breach announcement.

ICO’s annual report reveals increased public awareness of privacy and information rights issues

New laws and high profile investigations have helped put data protection and privacy at the centre of the UK public’s consciousness like never before, the Information Commissioner has said.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse fined £200,000 for revealing identities of possible abuse victims in mass email

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse.

Findings, recommendations and actions from ICO investigation into data analytics in political campaigns

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has today published a detailed update of her office’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns.

ICO Grants Programme launches second round of funding for research into innovative privacy solutions

  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched the second round of funding from its grants programme to promote and support independent, innovative research and solutions focused on privacy and data protection issues. Like last year’s inaugural scheme, there will be a number of…

Company that failed to register with the ICO and failed to comply with an Information Notice is prosecuted

Noble Design and Build of Telford, Shropshire, which operates CCTV systems in buildings across Sheffield, broke data protection laws by failing to comply with an Information Notice. The company also failed to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), despite it being a criminal…

ICO response to Ticketmaster cyber incident

ICO statement in response to Ticketmaster cyber incident.

ICO takes action against companies behind more than 55,000 nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken enforcement action against two firms for making nuisance telephone calls - Our Vault Limited in Chorley, Lancashire, and Swansea-based Horizon Windows Limited.

ICO yn cymryd camau yn erbyn cwmnïau y tu ôl i fwy na 55,000 o alwadau niwsans

Mae Swyddfa’r Comisiynydd Gwybodaeth (ICO) wedi cymryd camau gorfodi yn erbyn dwy ffyrm am wneud galwadau ffôn niwsans - Our Vault Limited o Chorley, Sir Gaerhirfryn, a Horizon Windows Limited o Abertawe.  

Children’s privacy – Call for Evidence

Whether playing online games, watching and sharing videos or interacting with friends via apps and social media, children today grow up with digital technology as a fundamental part of their daily lives.

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