Top five ICO blogs of 2015

By Robert Parker, Head of Corporate Affairs.


It’s been a busy year here at the ICO and we’ve had thousands of you reading our blogs, which give you the lowdown on all the latest information rights issues.

There have been more than 115,000 views of the ICO blogs this year, by nearly 55,000 people. September was our most popular month, with an average of 739 views each day. Our blogs were read around the world in 2015, from places including Taiwan, South Africa, the United States, Mongolia, Jamaica and Malaysia.

As we approach the end of 2015, we’ve put together a list of the most read ICO blogs of the year:

Top-5-blogs-1The US Safe Harbor – breached but perhaps not destroyed!

There’s been huge interest in the EU Court of Justice’s ruling regarding the US Safe Harbor scheme.

Previously Safe Harbor gave businesses an assurance that if they transferred personal data to members in the US, they would satisfy the legal requirement for personal data transferred outside the EU to be adequately protected. Our blog explains the impact of that assurance being removed.

Top-5-blogs-2Businesses: how to prepare for the EU reforms and
The EU Regulation – approaching the home straight?

Changes to EU rules about data protection have been a hot topic this year, with two blogs on the subject among our most read. One looked at why businesses should start thinking about what the impact of the new regulations will be on them whilst the other considered how EU discussions were progressing.

Top-5-blogs-3Be wary of public Wi-Fi

If you’re among the many who make use of free Wi-Fi services in our shops, hotels, train stations and airports, this is a blog for you. It looks at some of the Wi-Fi networks available on the UK high street and the variations between them.

Top-5-blogs-4What you need to know about ICO Privacy Seals

Lots of you have been interested in reading our January blog about how an ICO privacy seal would work. Our intention is to have a trademarked privacy seal logo, which we can then license to scheme operators. Consumers will then be able to identify the organisations that are meeting the highest data protection standards. We put together an update on the privacy seals in August.

Top-5-blogs-5‘Now you don’t see it, now you do’ – the dangers of hidden data

Whether it’s a response under the Freedom of Information Act or a reply to a subject access request, there are many different ways to inadvertently include personal data. This blog included some useful ‘now you don’t see it, now you do’ examples of ways you could be getting it wrong, as well as guidance to make sure you get it right.

Robert ParkerRobert Parker‘s department is responsible for providing effective internal and external communications for the ICO, corporate and business planning, risk management and internal audit.
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