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When is a breach not a breach?

By Steve Eckersley, Head of Enforcement. The ICO has ruled that Virgin Trains East Coast did not break data protection law when it published CCTV footage of Jeremy Corbyn looking for a seat on a service from London. But the … Continue reading

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Subject access policy updated after court rulings on disproportionate effort

By Vivienne Adams, Senior Policy Officer. As July arrives and brings with it summer (albeit a damp version of it here in Wilmslow so far), there are now fewer than 11 months until the arrival of the much-heralded GDPR. As … Continue reading

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Four lessons NHS Trusts can learn from the Royal Free case

By Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. Today my office has announced that the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust did not comply with the Data Protection Act when it turned over the sensitive medical data of around 1.6 million patients to … Continue reading

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The ICO Grants Programme and why the time is right to support independent research

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” So said Albert Einstein, and while the school year may be nearing its end and university students are already returning home for the summer, we at the ICO have launched our first ever … Continue reading

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Interesting times, and how we navigate them

My term in office is five years, and it’s abundantly clear to me as the first year draws to a close, ‘interesting times’ will be a recurring theme of my term. GDPR, Brexit, and whatever follows those two. Add to that a general election too. Continue reading

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The Information Commissioner opens a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes

By Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. In March we announced we were conducting an assessment of the data protection risks arising from the use of data analytics, including for political purposes. Engagement with the electorate is vital to the democratic process. … Continue reading

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Draft GDPR Consent guidance receives a significant response

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. The issue of consent surrounding the use of data has proved to be increasingly high-profile recently – and that has been reflected in the large number of responses to our draft … Continue reading

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Profiling under the GDPR: feedback request

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. Imagine a friend tells you about a holiday deal. You go online to book the same deal but you cannot see it on the website. Unbeknown to you, behind the scenes … Continue reading

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ePrivacy reform: Privacy and electronic communications regulations (PECR) under review

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. While preparations for the GDPR dominate the headlines, it’s not the only change for the digital economy. As technology evolves at a phenomenal rate, the laws that govern internet-based services are … Continue reading

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Garages, new homes and old offices: the records management mistakes that put health records at risk

By Leanne Doherty, Group Manager. When Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer announced the government was spending £1.9bn on UK cyber security, he highlighted health data as needing strong protection. But while money is (rightly) invested in hi-tech cyber security solutions … Continue reading

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