News stories posted during December 2011

DP Regulation may introduce bigger fines but more flexibility for companies

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08/12/2011 by:

The draft proposal of the EU Commission, leaked to the press at the beginning of December, proposes a General Data Protection Regulation, thus repealing EU Data Protection Directive 95/46, and a Police and Criminal Justice Data Protection Directiv...

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ICO issues record fine of £130,000

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09/12/2011 by:

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Powys County Council £130,000 for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. While the upper limit is £500,000, this is the highest fine issued so far. In this case, details of a child protection...

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High Court orders closure of website for breach of DP Act

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21/12/2011 by:

The High Court, in a hearing on 15th November, ordered the closure of a website www.solicitorsfromhell.co.uk , which invites dissatisfied clients to name and shame solicitors. The case was brought as a representative action by the Law Society on...

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Facebook audit completed: Best practice recommendations for several key areas

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22/12/2011 by:

In response to the audit conducted on Facebook Ireland (FB-I) by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, FB-I has committed to either implement, or to consider positively, specific “best practice” improvements.   A key focus of the audit was to...

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ICO guidance on private emails

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22/12/2011 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office has recently published guidance on how the FOIA applies to private emails. The ICO says that: Where a public authority has decided that a relevant individual’s email account may include official information...

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Ministry of Justice publishes list of companies to be subject to the FOIA

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22/12/2011 by:

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has provided some information about bodies they regard as likely to be brought within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act by changes brought by the Protection of Freedoms Bill. The Protection of Freedoms Bill...

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Lords propose public contracts to include FOI provision and FOIA annual reports

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22/12/2011 by:

The House of Lords is proposing amendments on Freedom of Information to the Protection of Freedoms Bill. The Lords propose that any contract for any sum over £1 million made by a public authority with any person would have to include a freedom of...

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