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Meltdown and Spectre – what should organisations be doing to protect people’s personal data?

By Nigel Houlden, Head of Technology Policy This week Google’s Project Zero team published details of serious security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, which affect almost every modern computer, and could allow hackers to steal sensitive personal data. The three connected … Continue reading

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GDPR is not Y2K

By Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. I’ve been pleased to hear from many of you that the eight GDPR myth busting blogs we’ve run this year have been helpful in your preparations for the new legislation. There are still some myths … Continue reading

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ICO seeks comment on draft Children and GDPR guidance

By Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. Children today are truly digital natives. With that in mind, we need to ensure that they have the tools to be contributing digital citizens. This means that the protection of children’s personal data is fundamentally … Continue reading

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Update on ICO investigation into data analytics for political purposes

By Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. In May I announced a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. We’re looking at how personal information was analysed to target people as part of political campaigning and have been … Continue reading

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The 12 ways that Christmas shoppers can keep children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices

This article was amended on 24 November 2017 to add additional material. By Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner (Policy). In an increasingly digital world, more and more toys and devices aimed at children now have internet-connected technology. As the Christmas shopping … Continue reading

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Changes to Binding Corporate Rules applications to the ICO

By James Dipple-Johnstone, ICO Deputy Commissioner – Operations. The Information Commissioner’s Office is widely recognised as a leader in Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) authorisations.  Around 25 per cent of the BCRs approved across Europe so far have been authorised by … Continue reading

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Personal data must be safe from prying eyes

By Mike Shaw, Enforcement Group Manager. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Most people are familiar with this phrase, but what is its relevance in the world of data protection? Put simply, just because your job may give … Continue reading

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Pan fydd ymchwil farchnad wleidyddol yn croesi’r llinell

When political market research crosses the line Steve Eckersley, Pennaeth Gorfodaeth yr ICO Mae’r ICO wedi cwblhau ei ymchwiliad i ymgyrch ffôn gan y Blaid Geidwadol yn y cyfnod yn arwain at etholiad cyffredinol 2017. Cododd ymchwiliad cudd gan raglen … Continue reading

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When political market research crosses the line

Pan fydd ymchwil farchnad wleidyddol yn croesi’r llinell By Steve Eckersley, Head of Enforcement. The ICO has concluded its investigation into a Conservative Party telephone campaign carried out in the run up to the 2017 general election. An undercover Channel … Continue reading

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European guidance published – profiling and breach reporting

By Jo Pedder, Head of Policy and Engagement. The Article 29 Working Party – the group of EU data protection authorities charged with agreeing European-wide guidance on GDPR – has published guidelines on profiling and breach reporting. Guidelines on administrative … Continue reading

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