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Don't sweat Brexit, big biz told: Your shiny data protection sticker will remain intact

Multinationals whose data protection compliance was rubberstamped by the UK's privacy regulator have been assured they won't be stripped of the authorisation after Brexit. Firms that wish to move personal data out of the European Economic Area have to demonstrate that they abide by EU data protection rules. They can do this …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Nov 2017

True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

Ofcom handed down a £300,000 fine to business phone and broadband company True Telecom after concluding a year-long investigation yesterday. The watchdog decided that True Telecom broke four of its rules repeatedly in the period between 8 October 2015 and 26 October 2016. The Dartford-based company engaged in 24 counts of " …
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017

Data dealer slapped with £80k fine after flogging info for nuisance calls

Data-broker Verso has been ordered to cough up £80,000 after failing to tell people exactly what their info would be used for. The fine is the first handed down by the UK Information Commissioner's Office as part of a wider investigation into the data-broking industry. The Hertfordshire-based biz, which celebrates itself as …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Nov 2017
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Tories spared fine after being told off by ICO for election telemarketing

Phone calls made on behalf of the Conservatives in the run-up to the UK general election "crossed the line" into unlawful direct marketing – but the party has escaped regulatory action. The Tories hired Welsh-based firm Blue Telecoms to carry out direct marketing and market research calls during the campaign. This is a pretty …
Rebecca Hill, 24 Oct 2017
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Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

A firm promising to generate leads for businesses has been fined £70,000 for making more than 100,000 nuisance calls – although it has denied using automatic dialling. The UK Information Commissioner's Office investigated (PDF) Liverpool-based firm The Lead Experts following a series of complaints from people who had not …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Oct 2017
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Brit bank fined £75k over 1.5 million text and email spamhammer

A Bradford-based bank has been fined by the UK's data privacy watchdog for sending illegal marketing texts and emails. Vanquis Bank Limited spammed 870,849 text messages and 620,000 emails to promote its credit cards without the recipients' consent, which is against the law. The bank obtained the marketing lists used to send …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2017

It's high time we extend Freedom of Information Act to outsourcers

Comment "You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it," Tony Blair famously said. He wasn't referring to the Iraq war – as some might think – but the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act. Some 17 …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2017

UK data watchdog swots automated marketing call pest with £260k fine

Blighty's Information Commissioner's Office is claiming another big win after fining marketing firm Easyleads Ltd £260,000 for being a royal pain in the ass – or, more specifically, for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls. Illegally, the Coventry-based professional pesterers did not have the consent of unsuspecting …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2017

ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 million nuisance calls

A Welsh firm responsible for 146 million nuisance PPI calls has been slapped with a £350,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Office - not that the data watchdog is confident that penalty will be paid. Your Money Rights (YMR) - which had its authorisation as a claims management company cancelled in May - instigated 146, …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Sep 2017
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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

The company behind a taxi comparison app that sent more than 700,000 spam texts in the space of 10 days is facing a £45,000 by the UK's data protection watchdog. Cab Guru, a Cambridge based firm that raised $2.8m (£3.7m) in its March 2016 seed funding round, runs a comparison app that gives users the low-down on the prices and …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017
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Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'

A Dartford-based telco has been handed an £85,000 fine for two years’ of nuisance and "misleading" calls - despite a warning from the UK’s data protection watchdog. The Information Commissioner’s Office stepped in to investigate True Telecom - which offers broadband and call services - after receiving 201 complaints about …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Sep 2017

UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog

A UK council has been fined £70,000 for leaving vulnerable people's personal information exposed online for five years. Nottinghamshire County Council posted the gender, addresses, postcodes and care requirements of elderly and disabled people in an online directory that was left accessible to world+dog. No usernames, …
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2017

US watchdog alert: Don't fall victim to crapto crypto-coin cons, people

America's financial regulator has warned investors to steer clear of shady alt-coin investment schemes. The SEC says that, following a rash of suspended initial coin offerings, people should take a closer look at the money-raising campaigns before parting with their money. Initial coin offerings are like business IPOs: when a …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2017
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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

A UK firm offering people energy-saving solutions has been fined after making almost 1.5 million unsolicited calls without checking if the numbers were registered on the UK's opt-out database. Southampton-based Home Logic used a dialler system to screen the telephone numbers that it planned to call against the Telephone …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2017

London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app, exposed personal info

A London council has been fined £70,000 after design faults in its TicketViewer app allowed unauthorised access to 119 documents containing sensitive personal information. The parking ticket application, set up in 2012, was developed by Islington council's internal application team for the authority's parking services. It …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Aug 2017

TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

Blighty's Information Commissioner’s Office has whacked TalkTalk with a £100,000 fine after the data of the records of 21,000 people were exposed to fraudsters in an Indian call centre. The breach came to light in September 2014 when TalkTalk started getting complaints from customers that they were receiving scam calls. …
Kat Hall, 10 Aug 2017
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Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill

The UK's new legislation on data protection is to get its first airing in Parliament next month, the government has said. The Data Protection Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech at the end of June, will replace existing data protection legislation on both corporate data and data processing by law enforcement agencies. The …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Aug 2017
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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

Bradford-based loans company Provident Personal Credit has been fined £80,000 for squeezing out almost a million nuisance texts. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office launched an investigation after a series of complaints were made via the GSMA’s spam reporting service. It found that PPC had contracted third-party …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2017

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