Who’s looking after your data protection compliance?

Data protection never takes a holiday

In March 2019 a First-tier Tribunal was held between Farrow and Ball Ltd and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). In its work to chase down organisations that are not paying the new data protection fee (as required by the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 which came into force in UK law at the same …

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ICO updates its GDPR certification guidance

GDPR certificaton schemes

The Information Commissioner’s Office has updated its guidance regarding certification schemes under GDPR. Section 5 of the GDPR sets out approaches towards codes of conduct and certification, with Article 42 specifically addressing certification. Simply put the regulation suggests the implementation of data protection certification schemes to provide a way for data controllers and processors to …

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£145k fine for data sharing process failings

ICO fine council for gang matrix breach

In April 2019 the ICO issued a fine for £145,000 to the London Borough of Newham for unlawfully disclosing personal data of more than 200 individuals who were featured on the Metropolitan Polices “Gang Matrix” intelligence database. The data in redacted and unredacted forms were shared with 44 recipients including external organisations and voluntary agencies. It’s …

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Data ethics – why data processing is about more than data protection

the rise in ai and data protection and data ethics

When we talk about the processing of data we usually think about data protection or the GDPR and how it applies to the lawful processing of the data. Of course, data protection regulation is all about the processing of personal data, data that can identify an individual, and whilst some of the complexities of data …

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ICO building an AI auditing framework

ICO AI Framework

The ICO have launched a new AI Auditing Framework blog which will provide updates and discussion around their work on developing a framework to give them “a solid methodology to audit AI applications and ensure they are transparent, fair; and to ensure that the necessary measures to assess and manage data protection risks arising from them are …

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ICO enforcement highlights the cost of ignoring subject access requests

ICO fine for subject access request

Recent enforcement by the ICO against Magnacrest Ltd highlights the cost of ignoring not only your own data subjects, but also the ICO. Magancrest have been fined £300, with a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £1133.75 for ignoring an enforcement notices from the ICO to deal with a subject access request, after an …

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ICO urges better transparency as trust in companies processing data rises slightly

ico report trust confidence data protection

In its annual review on the state of data protection awareness and trust, the ICO’s Annual Track highlights a small increase in trust of companies and organisations processing their data. The research highlights that 34% of people have high trust and confidence, compared to 21% in 2017. However, people seem to be more likely to trust public …

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ICO 2017-18 Annual Report: Data protection complaints and breach reports up

ICO annual report increase

  The Information Commissioner’s Office has published their 2017-2018 Annual Report (covering the 12 months leading up to 31st March 2018) highlighting an increase in activities and some challenging activities. The report is the ICO’s annual report to parliament as required by the Data Protection Act 1998. Bearing in mind that it covers the year …

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DCMS consults on data protection fee exemptions

consultation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published a consultation on exemptions under the Data Protection Act 2018 from paying a registration fee to the ICO. Under the old Data Protection Act 1998 there were obligations to notify the ICO if you process data, unless an exemption applied. Under the GDPR, which the …

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ICO Publishes DPIA Guidance consultation

GDPR transparency

The ICO has published draft guidance on the use of Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA), a tool used to assess the risks of processing personal data. The UK has had Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) for some time as best practice but the GDPR enforces the need for DPIA in certain circumstances. The draft guidance: Covers …

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