What a DPO in the education sector can learn from the latest children and privacy report

report on children and privacy

When the GDPR came into force it introduced specific controls relating to children: If you rely on consent as the lawful basis for processing personal data when offering an online service aimed at children, then you also need parental consent for any child 12 or under (and that means you’ll need a mechanism for identifying …

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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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Small businesses at greater data and cyber-security risk

small businesses not doing enough to protect cyber security

According to the Would you be ready for Cyber Attack? report from Business in the Community small businesses are not investing as much time or money into their own cyber-security as medium size businesses. The report also makes the point that often small and medium businesses can be a threat to the security of larger businesses …

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Review of data protection compliance indicates room for improvement

data protection research indicates room for improvement

The annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) “sweep” is a joint study carried out across the world by data protection regulators (including the UK’s ICO). This year the study looked at how organisations have taken responsibility for complying with data protection laws, particularly the core concepts of accountability (which of course was key GDPR change). …

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New research shows 58% of adults worried about data and privacy online

data privacy security harm

The research, produced jointly by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Ofcom, the telecoms regulator looked at various aspects of perceived harm online, with data and privacy being just one element of the research (other areas include risks from harmful content and children coming to harm online). The findings indicate that 58% of adults in …

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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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EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee reports on Data Protection & Brexit

UK Government & Data Protection

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee has published a report on data protection in the UK, post-Brexit. The report “Brexit: the EU Data Protection Package” came about because of the Sub-Committee’s “routine scrutiny of EU legislative proposals, but also forms part of the coordinated series of Brexit-themed inquiries launched by the European Union Committee and its …

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