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A win for the data protection of UK consumers – WhatsApp signs public commitment not to share personal data with Facebook until data protection concerns are addressed

By Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. People have a right to have their personal data kept safe, only used in ways that are properly explained to them, and for certain uses of their data, to which they expressly consent. This is … Continue reading

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Making or selling Internet of Things (IoT) devices? Six reasons you need to be thinking about data protection

By Peter Brown, Technology Group Manager. With the demand for connected toys, smart watches and smart home accessories growing rapidly it’s safe to say the IoT market is booming. At the same time, barely a week goes by without hearing … Continue reading

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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

Listen to our March 2018 podcast answering your questions on GDPR myths. 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 … 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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