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Data Protection

Data Protection

The Price Of Spam Is Going Up: Are You Ready?

We have all been on the receiving end of nuisance calls, texts and emails.  It is difficult to recall a time when the ringing of your phone was a sure sign of incoming good news, a dinner invitation, or the chance to catch-up with an old friend.  Our personal email accounts are full of promotions for things we will never buy, and our mobiles are buzzing with text messages about claims we have for accidents that we don’t even remember having!

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Ssssssh… What’s the Secret to Privacy?

Six months after the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) issued its Data Protection guidance and the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) took over from the Press Complaints Commission, we still haven’t seen any major changes to the privacy landscape driven by Leveson.
 

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Notes From The ICO’s Data Protection Practitioner’s Conference

On Monday, I attended the Data Protection Practitioner’s Conference in Manchester, an annual event organised by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The event was a great chance to meet up with industry experts, to catch up on handling compliance in the area and to hear what’s ahead.

Talks included updates from the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, Simon Hughes MP and cyber security experts from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. There was a lot to take away from the event, but here are some of the headline points:

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Forget-Me-Now: Impact Of The Right To Be Forgotten

In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered their ruling in a landmark case brought against Google, establishing the right to be forgotten.  Towards the end of 2014, much-awaited clarification as to what this decision means for search engines, data protection authorities and the public was issued, indicating the impact of the right to be forgotten will be felt going forward into 2015.

The Case

The significant rulings made by the CJEU in May were:

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Updated CCTV Code Of Practice - Are You In The Picture?

Joanne Snedden

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has recently published their updated Code of Practice on how to use CCTV and other surveillance cameras in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”).  A full copy of the Code can be found on the ICO website here

The Code provides useful guidance to both private and public sector organisations

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Leveson And Data Protection?

Ross McKenzie

The royal charter underpinning a system of press regulation has received much of the headline attention following the Leveson Inquiry. However, the report of the Leveson Inquiry also recommended that the regulator of the Data Protection Act (“DPA”), the Information Commissioner’s Officer (“ICO”), should take steps to provide guidelines for the press to observe when processing personal data. 

In response to this recommendation, the ICO have published a draft guidance note titled “Data Protection and Journalism: A Guide for the Media”.

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Are You Lost At Sea With Data Protection? - Demystifying Data Protection In HR

Helena Brown

We have just finished delivering a series of seminars with the ICO aimed at demystifying some of the thorny data protection issues that can come up in an HR context. We had some interesting discussions on issues such as monitoring and subject access - here are some of the key messages:

Compliance is more important than ever

The ICO is regularly exercising its increased powers to fine up to £500,000 for breaches – fines issued this year were almost double those issued in the previous year.

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3 Rs in Information Law - Regulation, Risk and... Records Management

Ross McKenzie | Senior Solicitor

On Friday (4 October 2013) Helena Brown and I went to a conference at the University of Dundee all about information rights.

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ICO Targets Financial Sector for Data Breach

So far the majority of fines from the ICO under its increased powers have been issued to public sector organisations, following significant data security breaches. However the tide looks to be turning - a fine of £50,000 has just been issued by the ICO to Prudential for not keeping customer records accurate. This is the first time that the ICO has issued a significant fine just for inaccurate data, rather than data loss.

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