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ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

The Information Commissioner’s Office plans to slap fines totalling £135,000 on Leave.EU and Brexiteer Arron Banks’ insurance biz Eldon for “serious” breaches of direct marketing laws. magnifying Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to READ MORE According to the ICO, …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Nov 2018

£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data

The UK's data watchdog has slapped a £220,000 fine on two firms that collectively made hundreds of thousands of nuisance calls to flog home security services. Middlesborough-based biz ACT Response Ltd and Secure Home Systems, nestled in the West Midlands, made 580,802 calls to people who were registered with the Telephone …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Nov 2018

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

Updated The UK's Information Commissioner has formally fined Facebook £500,000 – the maximum available – over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In a monetary penalty notice issued this morning, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) stated that the social media network had broken two of the UK's legally binding data protection …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Oct 2018

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined £120,000 by the UK's data watchdog for the loss of an unencrypted USB memory stick reportedly containing airport security data. The device misplaced by a HAL employee, as reported by El Reg, was said to house a trove of documents including routes and timings of airport security …
Paul Kunert, 8 Oct 2018
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Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

A sweary Mancunian biz has been fined £150,000 for making almost 64,000 nuisance calls to people who had opted out of automated marketing. Some 59 complaints were made about Oaklands Assist UK, which made the calls over a two-month period in May to July last year. The UK's data protection watchdog said the firm was one of the …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Oct 2018
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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

The UK's Conservative Party has kicked off its annual conference by exposing its MPs' phone numbers to anyone able to guess their email addresses. Party chairman Brandon Lewis was planning to sell the "interactive" app – which will allow attendees to give feedback on speeches as they happen – as evidence that the ruling party …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Oct 2018
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Health insurer Bupa fined £175k after staffer tried to sell customer data on dark web souk

International health insurance business Bupa has been fined £175,000 after a staffer tried to sell more than half a million customers' personal information on the dark web. The miscreant was able to access Bupa's CRM system SWAN, which holds records on 1.5 million people, generate and send bulk data reports on 547,000 Bupa …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2018
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Where's my money?! UK Info Commish squeezes data controllers while brandishing £4,350 fine

The UK's privacy watchdog has slapped down 34 organisations that haven't paid fees under the country's new data protection regime. Since May, data controllers – organisations or people that define how and why personal data is processed – have been required (PDF) to pay increased charges to the Information Commissioner's Office …
Rebecca Hill, 26 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

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