Learnings about data security from an £80k ICO fine for an estate agent

ICO fine estate agent 80k for security issues

The ICO have fined estate agent, Life at Parliament View Limited (LPV), £80,000 for security failings relating to tenant information. The breach occurred in 2015 (which is why this was dealt with under “old” data protection and not GDPR). It occurred when an insecure FTP (file transfer service) server was used to transfer just over …

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ICO publishes annual report (18/19) highlighting “unprecedented” year

ICO Annual Report

The ICO has published its Annual Report for 2018/19 which it says highlights what they refer to as an unprecedented year, which includes (for the 12 month period up to 31st March 2019): Helping the public and organisations: The ICO helpline received over 471,000 contacts (a 66% increase from the previous period) Almost twice as many …

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ICO warns about privacy implications of live facial recognition

facial recognition data protection

In a recent blog, the Information Commissioner highlights the ICO’s concerns with the use of live facial recognition technologies. The focus on the article relates to an ongoing case (R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police) which led to the ICO looking at how the police are trialing facial recognition technology and makes the …

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First GDPR fine from Romanian data protection authority

Romanian Data Protection Authority fine

The Romanian National Supervisory Authority (the Romanian equivalent of the UK’s ICO) has issued its first GDPR fine. They have fined Unicredit Bank €130,000 for breaches of Article 25(1) for “failure to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures, both within the determination of the processing means and processing operations themselves, designed to effectively implement data …

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ICO intends to fine BA and Marriott (£183m and £99m)

ICO BA Marriott fines

This week the ICO has published statements on its intentions to fine British Airways £183m and Marriott Hotels £99m for breaches of GDPR. But before everyone gets excited about the size of the fines, remember these are just “intentions” to fine, not actual fines. So, so far BA and Marriott have not been fined. They …

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UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 challenged for immigration exemptions

Data Protection immigration exemption

PICUM (the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) have issued a press release saying they have “filed a formal complaint to the European Commission against the UK for flouting the EU’s regulation on data protection (General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR) by including a broad immigration control exemption in its new Data Protection Act.” The …

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GDPR consent now needed for non-essential cookies including analytics, but will it be enforced?

cookie consent rule change

The ICO have produced updated guidance on the use of cookies and how GDPR consent fits into the need for cookie consent. Until now, most websites have been relying on only getting proper visitor consent for the use of tracking and privacy intrusive cookies (which is what the ICO hinted at in their previous guidance …

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Adtech and real time bidding online advertising under the ICO spotlight

ICO investigates adtech real time bidding

We reported recently that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) were looking into the adtech sector and concerns around how personal data is being processed as part of the Real Time Bidding technology used to place online adverts on websites. On 20th June, the ICO published an Update Report into Adtech and Real Time Bidding. The report …

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