Category Archives: Steve Wood

GDPR is an evolution in data protection, not a burdensome revolution

By Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner (Policy). Our new series of blogs aiming to bust some of the myths that have developed around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are proving incredibly popular and we are pleased that so many of … 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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International Right to Know Day 2016 – Four ways the ICO is helping promote openness by public bodies

By Steve Wood, Interim Deputy Commissioner. International Right to Know Day is an annual occasion designed to promote freedom of information worldwide. In 2016, 250 years since the launch of the world’s first Freedom of Information law in Sweden, the … Continue reading

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The what, why and how of transferring data to the USA

By Steve Wood, Interim Deputy Commissioner. It’s more than two years since a then little-known privacy campaigner decided to dispute Facebook’s compliance with EU data protection laws. Max Schrems’ case would travel from Dublin to Luxembourg, and ultimately have ramifications … Continue reading

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GDPR still relevant for the UK

By Steve Wood, Interim Deputy Commissioner. It’s just a few weeks since we set out what guidance organisations could expect and when around a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was on track to come into force in the UK … Continue reading

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The view beyond the headline – considering the detail in the FOI Commission’s report

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. ‘Victory for your right to know’ was the response of many commentators to the report of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information, published last month. There is certainly much to welcome in the … Continue reading

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Talked about marketing guidance gets update

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. Little of the ICO’s work is more talked about than our regulation of marketing calls, texts and emails. From the Which? taskforce to the media investigations into charity fundraising, direct marketing is certainly … Continue reading

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A data dozen to prepare for reform

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. Manchester becomes the capital of UK data protection this week, with 800 data protection practitioners heading to our conference in the city. And for the delegates heading to the north-west, top of the … Continue reading

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Safe Harbor: calmer waters on the horizon

UPDATE, 02/03/2016: The European Commission has now published the legal texts that will put in place the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. When David Smith wrote about Safe Harbor back in October, he spoke about a critical few months that he hoped … Continue reading

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New opportunities and increased accountability: public sector re-use rules come into force

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. This weekend, as most of us will be hoping that rain doesn’t interrupt summer fêtes, weddings, BBQs or stage 14 of the Tour de France, the ICO will take on a new role … Continue reading

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