Latest Information Commissioner's Office articles

Wirral Borough Council breached Data Protection Act by sending personal information to wrong address twice

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ICO says council should have done more to keep information secure
15 Apr 2014

Ten steps to profiting from your app

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Claire Bennett, partner at law firm DLA Piper, explains the steps app developers need to take to protect their products, and avoid copyright infringement
15 Apr 2014

NHS reveals it has only spent £1.3m on care.data to date

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Costs for controversial project have so far been restricted to raising awareness
07 Apr 2014

ICO says anonymous data “not covered” by Data Protection Act - until it's de-anonymised

ICO admission leaves care.data hole open to the abuse of patient records
02 Apr 2014

British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200,000 after hacker threatened to publish 10,000 customer data sets

Charity’s plea of ignorance on site data storage 'no excuse' says deputy commissioner Smith
07 Mar 2014

Christopher Graham reappointed as Information Commissioner

Graham will continue to head up ICO until at least 2016
19 Feb 2014

MPs voice concerns over care.data in Parliamentary debate

Lack of genuine anonymity and questions over opting out dominate Parliamentary debate over care.data
11 Feb 2014

BAFTA user data potentially stolen after website "compromised"

BAFTA Guru website victim of a security breach and users warned they may want to change passwords
30 Jan 2014

Data Protection Day: What should be done about web firms' exploitation of personal data?

To mark Data Protection Day, Computing asked the experts if and how web firms' data use should be reined in
28 Jan 2014

Six private investigators sentenced after unlawfully acquiring data

ICU Investigations Ltd workers tricked utility companies, GP surgeries and TV Licensing into revealing personal details about their customers
27 Jan 2014

Darting for cover: the pros and cons of cyber insurance

A growing number of UK organisations are predicted to take out cyber insurance policies this year. So what’s driving this uptake and are there any pitfalls IT leaders need to be aware of?
16 Jan 2014

Organisations must have a proper BYOD policy, says ICO

Information Commissioner's Office warns that employees need guidance as to how to handle data on personal devices
09 Jan 2014

GP surgery manager prosecuted for illegally accessing patient data

Steven Tennison snooped on almost 2,000 patients during 2009 and 2010
04 Dec 2013

Cyber attacks – up close and personal

Cyber criminals have changed tactics. It’s up to the IT department to let everyone know
25 Nov 2013

ICO warns firms to train temps in data protection following Great Ormond Street breaches

Four data breaches at hospital saw letters containing sensitive patient information being sent to the wrong addresses
21 Nov 2013

Danger lurks in the shadows: the darker side of collaboration

John Leonard examines the risk for IT from employees setting up their own collaboration systems
14 Nov 2013

Public sector data protection constraints are 'artificial and kneejerk' says Eastbourne council deputy CEO

Joining up data sets would create a 'far more effective' public sector, says Osgathorpe
30 Oct 2013

North East Lincolnshire Council fined £80,000 for losing data on children with special educational needs

Data was on an unencrypted memory stick that was left in a laptop at the council's offices
29 Oct 2013

ICO fines Ministry of Justice £140k after prison leaks 1,182 prisoner details to families

'Clear lack of management oversight' in evidence, says David Smith
24 Oct 2013

ICO insists its policy on fines is not biased against public sector

'I certainly wouldn’t suggest people have been let off’ says ICO tech group manager Rice
11 Oct 2013

Ailsa Beaton and Ian Watmore to join ICO board

Experienced duo to join data privacy watchdog for three-year term in 2014
16 Sep 2013

ICO fines Aberdeen City Council after home-worker published sensitive child data

Information about vulnerable children accidentally published and remained online for months
30 Aug 2013

ICO issues new guidelines on complying with subject access requests under Data Protection Act

New guidelines follow 6,000 complaints made to the ICO about about subject access requests
09 Aug 2013

ICO fines Bank of Scotland for 'unforgivable' breach of Data Protection Act

Bank continually sent faxes containing customer details to the wrong address
06 Aug 2013