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ICO fines Vote Leave £40,000 for sending unlawful text messages

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Vote Leave Limited £40,000 for sending out thousands of unsolicited text messages in the run up to the 2016 EU referendum.

A call for participation: Building the ICO’s auditing framework for Artificial Intelligence

Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology Policy and Innovation, invites comment from organisations on the development of an auditing framework for AI.

Two Birmingham workers fined for data protection breaches

Employees could face a criminal prosecution if they access or share personal data without a valid reason, the Information Commissioner’s Office has warned.

ICO raids businesses in Brighton and Birmingham suspected of making millions of nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has searched two addresses as part of an investigation into businesses suspected of making live and automated nuisance calls. Following a year-long investigation, two teams of ICO enforcement officers executed search warrants at offices in Brighton and…

International Conference of Information Commissioners 2019

Information Commissioner and Chairperson of the ICIC Governance Group, Elizabeth Denham, makes the opening address of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC).

Blog: Adtech fact finding forum shows consensus on need for change

There’s a well-quoted line from Steve Jobs, that as Apple CEO he didn’t employ smart people to tell them what to do, but so that they could tell him what to do.

Blog: Why the right of access to patient data needn’t be a headache for GPs

A patient’s right to access their own medical records from their GP is a long-established principle supported and strengthened by data protection law, most recently the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Organisations should be doing more to achieve privacy accountability

5 March 2019

ICO statement on TPP SystmOne changes

 An ICO spokesperson said: "The ICO has previously raised concerns around TPP’s SystmOne software and the ability of GP practice users, as data controllers, to comply with their obligations under data protection law to share personal data fairly, lawfully and appropriately. We issued an…

ICO crackdown on nuisance calls reaches 100-year milestone

Investigations by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into nuisance marketing have resulted in 16 company directors being banned from running a company for more than 100 years in total.

Former council officer fined for emailing CVs of rival job applicants to his partner

A former senior local government officer has been prosecuted for passing the personal information of rival job applicants to his partner.

Blog: Advancing the adtech debate from a data protection perspective

Simon McDougall highlights three areas of concern in the adtech industry and invites stakeholders to a fact-finding forum.

Housing developer fined for ignoring data request

Organisations have been reminded they could face a criminal prosecution if they fail to respect the public’s legal right to access their personal information.

Blog: Show you mean business by paying the Data Protection Fee

Paul Arnold, Deputy CEO, explains to small businesses why they need to pay the data protection fee. 

ICO to audit data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance after fining both companies for unlawful marketing messages

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £120,000 to an EU referendum campaign and an insurance company for serious breaches of electronic marketing laws and is set to review how both are complying with data protection laws.

Blog: Your views will help us build our regulatory sandbox

Data, Transparency and Trust: How information rights can promote a culture of accountability

Elizabeth Denham's speech at a Parliamentary Internet, Communication and Technology Forum event held in partnership with the ICO and the APPG for Data Analytics.

ICO celebrates the success of innovative data protection projects on Data Protection Day 2019

Innovative data protection projects funded by the ICO are making a real difference to public trust and confidence in privacy issues.

Blog: How will personal data continue to flow after Brexit?

Elizabeth Denham's latest blog busts the myths for UK companies transferring personal data to and from the EEA

Former European Data Protection Supervisor joins ICO as non-executive director

Peter Hustinx, who was the first European Data Protection Supervisor and served in the role for more than 10 years, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the ICO.