Tag Archives: Data Protection Act

Nine points EU referendum campaign groups should remember if they don’t want to break the rules

By Judith Jones, Group Manager. With reports suggesting the UK could go to the polls this year for the EU referendum, campaign groups are already starting to mobilise support. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) therefore wants to remind campaigning groups … Continue reading

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Has the search result ruling stopped the internet working?

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. It’s almost 18 months since the EU Court of Justice ruling on search results, and while it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the immediate effects of the judgment, there’s … Continue reading

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The US Safe Harbor – breached but perhaps not destroyed!

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. Not surprisingly there’s been huge interest in the impact of the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) regarding the US Safe Harbor scheme. For those … Continue reading

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Be wary of public Wi-Fi

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. If you’re among the many who make use of free Wi-Fi services in our shops, hotels, train stations and airports, you may have noticed how different the sign-up process can be – ranging … Continue reading

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ICO investigating charity data sharing

By Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner The reports in the Daily Mail about data sharing in the charity sector are clearly concerning. We’ve launched an investigation to work out exactly what has happened, and if the law’s been broken then we … Continue reading

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Personal data in leaked datasets is still personal data

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology They say ‘no publicity is bad publicity’, but after spending most of the week trending on Twitter, I wonder if the users of the Ashley Madison site might disagree. Having already prompted a … Continue reading

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How data protection helps – supporting someone with dementia

By Judith Jones, Group Manager. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK will have a form of dementia by 2015 and in less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. Today’s launch of … Continue reading

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Changing your name and gender: the data protection implications

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. Names are an essential part of our identity. We use them every day, from conversation with friends to official transactions. They are perhaps the archetypal article of ‘personal data’ and can provide information … Continue reading

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ICO blog: NHS patient information: the Information Centre and the DPA

In my last blog, I wrote about how the Data Protection Act applies to information from medical records going from GPs in England to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. I committed to writing a second blog giving some … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Road to reform proves long and winding

As the saying goes – a week’s a long time in politics – so six weeks can feel more like a lifetime in the workings of the European Union’s political machine. That’s how long it is since the agreement by … Continue reading

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