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UK emits first GDPR notice… against Canuck Brexit campaigner

The first ever violation notice of Europe's new data privacy laws has been issued – and has landed on a Canadian data analytics firm that campaigned for Brexit. The GDPR notice was sent by the UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) against AggregateIQ, an organization linked to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. The biz …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Sep 2018

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

Brits will have to opt in to receive cold calls selling personal injury claims or payment protection insurance under new UK government rules. The powers, which came into force on 8 September, will require payment protection insurance (PPI) pushers to check that the person has consented to being contacted. This is in contrast …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Sep 2018
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People's confidence in orgs holding personal data is... on the rise?

People are more trusting with their data than they were last year – despite data harvesting and breaches dominating news agendas throughout 2018. According to a survey commissioned by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, one in three people reported high trust and confidence in organisations that store their personal …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Sep 2018
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Everything DM gets direct message slap: Marketing biz cops £60k ICO fine

A scurrilous marketing agency that fired 1.42 million emails at prospective customers was today saddled with a £60,000 fine by the UK’s data watchdog. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Stevenage-based Everything DM Ltd (EDML) pestered people for a year from May 2016 via its direct marketing system, Touchpoint. EDML, …
Paul Kunert, 5 Sep 2018
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Cock-ups, rather than conspiracies, top self-reported data breaches

Data breaches at organisations that 'fess up to the UK's data protection watchdog are about seven times more likely to be caused by human error than hackers. According to data released under the Freedom of Information Act, 2,124 incidents reported by organisations in 2017-18 could be pinned on mistakes or incompetence. Only …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Sep 2018

None too chuffed with your A levels? Hey, why not bludgeon the exam boards with GDPR?

Schools across the UK may have thought results fever was over for another year – but, thanks to the nation's privacy watchdog, they might not get to relax just yet. The Information Commissioner's Office has published a how-to guide on demanding more information about exams results for students. "If you've just received your …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Aug 2018
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UK's info commish is having a howler: Site dies amid 'plagiarised' GDPR book scandal

There have been better weeks for The Information Commissioner's Office, which has faced ridicule thanks to ongoing website woes and accusations of dodgy book endorsements. The UK data protection watchdog's site – which offers regulatory and compliance advice and acts as a portal for reporting breaches – has been down since …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Aug 2018

UK's data watchdog picks privacy man from IBM arm as new tech policy exec

The UK’s data protection watchdog has chosen the managing director of an IBM-owned risk management biz, Promontory, to lead its technology policy and innovation team. QUIZZICAL LOOK What's an RDBMS? Don't ask the UK's data protection watchdog READ MORE Simon McDougall, a former Deloitte man, has been the global lead for …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Aug 2018
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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

Updated Data-brokering biz Lifecycle Marketing (Mother & Baby) has been fined £140,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for illegally collating and flogging personal information of more than a million people. The Buckinghamshire-based business, also known as Emma's Diary, issues advice on pregnancy and childcare. It sold …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2018

Mind behind 16.7m nuisance call menace cops six-year boss ban

A company boss whose business was fined £260,000 for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls has been banned from holding directorships for six years. Shaun Harkin, 48, from Coventry and the sole director at Easyleads Ltd, was pulled over hot coals by the Information Commissioner's Office on 21 September last year for …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2018

Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

The UK's data watchdog today issued the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) a £200,000 penalty after it sent a bulk email to participants that identified possible victims of historical crimes. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said IICSA – set up in 2014 to probe the degree to which institutions in …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2018

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

Updated Capita has admitted a bug in an information management system used by 21,000 UK schools could have incorrectly linked contact details to the wrong pupils – an incident with huge implications for pupils' data protection. The error, which has been pinned on a December 2017 upgrade to the Schools Information Management System, …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2018
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Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to

Analysis Cambridge Analytica had data ferreted away on disconnected servers, Twitter actually kicked the firm's ads off its platform, and Facebook still has a lot of questions to answer. Also, British political parties used software to guess voters' ethnicities. These were some of the findings of the UK's Information Commissioner's …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jul 2018

UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

Facebook faces a £500,000 ($665,000) fine from the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, for failing to protect netizens' info nor tell them how their data would be harvested by apps. The looming penalty relates to the social media giant's role in the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal – in which the personal …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jul 2018

Welsh firm fined £60k for pummelling phones with 270k pay-day loan texts

A Welsh firm has been handed a £60,000 fine for spamming more than 270,000 pay-day loan texts around Christmas 2016. The UK's data protection watchdog doled out the penalty to STS Commercial Limited – which is registered as an IT service provider – after finding that the biz didn't have consent to send the messages, which …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Jul 2018
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British info watchdog slaps Midlands firm with £4,500 fine. Next time, register

A firm has been fined £4,500 for processing personal data without registering with the UK’s data protection watchdog and failing to comply with the body’s missives. Noble Design and Build, which operates CCTV systems across buildings in Sheffield, was yesterday convicted in their absence at Telford Magistrate’s Court, for data …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Jul 2018
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That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers

Two nuisance callers were today named and shamed – only one was fined – by the UK's data watchdog for illegal marketing activities. Our Vault Ltd in Chorley, Lancashire, was hit with a £70,000 penalty by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for making more than 55,000 unsolicited calls to householders that had …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2018
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ICO seeks views on how tween-friendly websites should be designed

The UK's data protection watchdog is crowdsourcing ideas for the code that will govern how websites and apps aimed at under-16s are designed. Children's use of technology is a recurring problem for the government, which needs to be seen protecting the youth of today without appearing like Luddites to those who value technology …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Jun 2018

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