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ICO has yet to begin probing cookie violators

UPDATED According to a freedom of information (FOI) request submitted by PC Pro magazine, 320 websites have been reported to the privacy watchdog through its online submission tool since a year's 'grace period' ended on 26 May. However, none of those sites have been investigated. "At present the information has not yet been analysed …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Aug 2012
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ICO: Managed to comply with Cookies Law? Go help the other kids

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) wants public sector bodies that have made their websites comply with EU cookie regulations to share their knowledge with others. "We are seeing elements of good practice and what we hope is that, as those get implemented, it will be much easier for those who are not ready to see …
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Graham: ICO will blow £3m on IT services

Infosec 2012 The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is looking to spend around £3m on its IT, with an invitation for tenders expected at the end of next month. Information commissioner Christopher Graham told vendors at Infosec during his keynote speech that the ICO hoped to publish its procurement notice in the Official Journal of the …
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Been smacked by the ICO? Reveal your internal probes

If public authorities are subject to enforcement action by the Information Commissioner (eg, monetary penalty notice, undertaking, audit, enforcement notice etc), they should be prepared for internal reports into why the action was taken to become the target for Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. This is the outcome of a …
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Sensitive council data sent to hundreds via PERSONAL EMAIL

Cheshire East council has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for failing to have adequate security measures in place when emailing personal information. The ICO said the serious breach of the Data Protection Act occurred in May 2011, when a council employee was asked to contact the local …
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FIVE more councils say soz for exposing people's privates

The Information Commissioner's Office has found that five local authorities have breached the Data Protection Act by failing to protect personal information about citizens. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council breached the Data Protection Act four times over two months in 2011. In one incident, which occurred in May, an …
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Beware Freedom of Info law 'privacy folktale' - ICO chief

Is Blighty's Freedom of Information (FOI) law working? The civil servant leading the agency charged with enforcing it thinks so, and says a review by politicians shouldn't succumb to myths about the supposed dangers of more openness by the State. UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has called for "careful analysis …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Feb 2012
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Council fined £140k for leaking kids' sensitive info

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Midlothian council £140,000 for disclosing sensitive personal data about children and their carers to the wrong people on five separate occasions. The commissioner said that the five breaches, which took place between January and June 2011, were all serious. One of them …
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O2 apologizes for 'unintended' number-leak cockup

O2 has issued a public apology for leaking the phone numbers of some 3G customers in header information sent to website managers. “We would like to apologize for the concern we have caused,” the company said in a statement. The cellco said it was standard industry practice to send out user’s phone number information in this …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2012
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Why O2 shared your mobile number with the world

O2 has been sharing customers' phone numbers with every website they visited, but O2 isn't the only offender - it's just the one that slipped up and got caught. The Information Commissioner will investigate, and O2 will be told it should be more careful in future. Punters will be outraged but actually suffer very little as few …
Bill Ray, 25 Jan 2012
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Councils emailed vulnerable people's data to strangers

Two local authorities have been hit by financial penalties from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after sending highly sensitive personal information to the wrong recipients. The penalties have been imposed on North Somerset council and Worcestershire county council as the ICO is pressing for stronger powers to audit …
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Scottish FOI watchdog reports 20% boost in appeals

The Scottish Information Commissioner (SICO) received 20 per cent more appeal applications relating to freedom of information (FOI) requests during the first three months of this year than the watchdog received last year. SICO, which is responsible for ensuring Scottish public bodies comply with FOI laws in Scotland, said that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 6 Nov 2011
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Privacy watchdog: Some things just aren't personal

Organisations do not have to issue all the information stored in complaint files in order to comply with individuals' personal data access requests, the UK's data protection watchdog has said. Under the Data Protection Act (DPA) individuals have the right to access all personal data organisations store about them, but …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Oct 2011
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Does Gove’s webmail policy breach Data Protection Act too?

Does the use of Gmail or Hotmail by a Minister's Private Office (in order to evade Freedom of Information (FOI) obligations) also lead to breaches in the Data Protection Act? Well, I can see how this could be the case. The press has raised this issue only in the context of FOI. Yesterday's Sunday Times, for example, noted that …
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ICO: Uni workers' personal webmail may be pried open

University workers must release information from personal webmail accounts on request if it is related to public business, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. Material in personal email accounts such as Gmail or Hotmail accounts must be disclosed under freedom of information (FOI) laws if it is related to the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Sep 2011
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ICO probes Tory minister PI blagging allegations

The ICO is making enquiries into Tory justice minister Jonathan Djanogly's hiring a firm of private detectives to blag information from his own constituents. Djanogly was exposed by the Telegraph last year for hiring the firm of private dicks. In a reversal of usual blagging exercises, they were instructed to pretend to be …
John Oates, 28 Jul 2011
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NHS bitchslapped by ICO on data security

The Information Commissioner's Office is working with Connecting for Health to try to get the NHS to take data security seriously. The news comes as another five NHS bodies sign undertakings with the regulator to improve processes. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said: "The health service holds some of the most …
John Oates, 1 Jul 2011
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Name and shame fat cat bureaucrats, Number 10 told

The Information Commissioner's Office has told the Cabinet Office to release salary details on 24 people earning more than £150,000 a year who refused to have their details released. Salary details for high-earning civil servants were released in July 2010, but 24 public servants wanted their pay kept secret. Prime Minister …
John Oates, 22 Jun 2011

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