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Public must act to protect themselves when using Internet of Things devices

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. Is this creepy website live-streaming YOUR living room? That was the Daily Mail headline in 2014, highlighting a Russian website that was providing links to access internet-connected cameras around the world. The story … Continue reading

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Private investigator crackdown by ICO

By Damian Moran, Criminal Investigation Team manager. Private investigators suspected of unlawful practices will be surprised by doorstep visits by officers from the ICO this week. The action by the ICO’s Criminal Investigation’s team follows intelligence we’ve gathered about the … Continue reading

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ICO releases new encryption guidance

By Peter Brown, Senior Technology Officer So many data breaches that make the headlines lead to questions about whether the data placed at risk was encrypted. All too often, despite the relative ease with which encryption software can be used, … Continue reading

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Eight reasons small businesses should read our new IT security guide

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. The ICO’s new and improved A Practical Guide to IT is now available online and in print. It’s aimed at small businesses and gives advice on how to keep IT systems safe and … 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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Is someone watching you right now? A warning as website targets insecure webcams

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology The danger of using weak passwords has been exposed again this month after a new website was launched that allows people to watch live footage from some of the insecure cameras across the … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things: what is it and what does it mean for you?

By Andrew Paterson, Senior Technology Officer Picture yourself coming home from work in twenty years’ time. The house alarm reacts to a signal from your car as you pull up on the drive and turns off. The alarm then triggers … Continue reading

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Seven things you should know about the ICO’s big data report

By Carl Wiper, Senior Policy Officer Big data is a hot topic at the moment, with businesses, scientists and governments all keen to see what benefits it can offer. But big data is not a game that is played by … Continue reading

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Wearable technology – the future of privacy

By Andrew Paterson, Senior Technology Officer UPDATE, 01/07/2014: Our consultation on updating our CCTV Code of Practice has now ended. We are currently considering the responses received with a view to publishing an updated version of our guidance later in … Continue reading

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International study looks at phone app privacy

By Steve Eckersley, Head of Enforcement. When we published our data protection guidance for app developers just before Christmas, I was shocked to see that half the people surveyed about apps had decided not to download one due to privacy … Continue reading

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