ICO issues £200k fine for unsolicited text messages without valid consent

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a £200,000 fine to Tax Return Limited (“TRL”) for sending out 14.8m unsolicited marketing text messages (which generated 2146 complaints). The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation 2003 (PECR) only permit the sending of marketing emails or text messages if the recipient consents to receiving the messages or is a …

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Which? highlights retailers breaching data protection and privacy laws with their e-receipts

marketing and e-receipts

Research from consumer rights guardian Which? has highlighted the data protection dangers of e-receipts and that some retailers are in breach of data protection and privacy rules when it comes to using them to direct market. Which? sent mystery shoppers to various high street brands and asked to receive e-receipts but with no marketing. However, …

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ICO publish consent guidance and update cookie consent rules

consent and cookies

We’ve been waiting for some time, for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to publish it’s final consent guidance. It’s been in draft since March last year and waiting on the Article 29 Working Party’s own guidance. Last week however, they published their final guidance. You can read it here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/consent/. There’s not many differences from the …

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EU’s Article 29 Working Party publishes consent guidance

EU GDPR

EU guidance on the consent rules in GDPR have now been published by the Article 29 Working Party. The guidance covers how consent works from a GDPR perspective including how to interpret “freely given”, “specific”, “informed” and “detriment”. It also adds some clarity about how to collect explicit consent is required. There’s not much in …

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