News stories posted during November 2012

Parliament's Justice Committee: EU DP proposals not practicable nor affordable

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02/11/2012 by:

MPs largely agree with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the government over the proposals for an EU Data Protection Regulation, saying that the proposals are too prescriptive in their present form.  ‘The Commission needs to go back ...

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ICO consults on changes to notification system

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05/11/2012 by:

Despite the fact that the EU DP draft Regulation proposes to abolish notification, the ICO intends to quickly improve its register of data controllers. The ICO says that it wishes to make it easier for those who need to notify and to make the publ...

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Spanish DPA leads EU fining league table but signs of DPA policy changing after a European Court decision

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07/11/2012 by:

Spain’s national Data Protection Authority, the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), announced on 25th September that it imposed fines of 19,597,906 Euros in 2011. In the most recent years for which data is available, Spain’s fines...

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ICO seeks input on privacy seals

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08/11/2012 by:

The ICO thinks that privacy seals could be a way forward in improving data protection compliance and customers’ privacy awareness, and has launched an online questionnaire to gather views from organisations. The ICO wants to find out • the best wa...

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ICO fines Prudential for inaccurate data

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09/11/2012 by:

The ICO fined Prudential £50,000 on 6 November for a failure to keep customer data accurate. The ICO, which has so far mostly fined public sector organisations, says that this is a warning to the financial sector. Prudential’s data breach occurred...

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Google's civil penalty of $22.5 million now confirmed

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20/11/2012 by:

A US federal judge in San Francisco on 16th November approved  the $22.5 million civil penalty imposed on Google, reports Associated Press. This penalty was announced in August as a settlement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Google...

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ICO publishes anonymisation code

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21/11/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) new Anonymisation Code of Practice aims to manage the risks involved with publishing large datasets as per the government’s open data agenda. However, the code will help all organisations that need to...

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UK government: EU DP Regulation would mean additional costs for business

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26/11/2012 by:

The Ministry of Justice estimates that the cost burdens the EU DP Regulation would impose far outweigh the net benefits suggested by the EU Commission. The Ministry says that the annual net cost to UK business (in 2012-13 earnings terms) would be...

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ICO slams a £440,000 fine on spam texters

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28/11/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has for the first time used its powers to issue monetary penalties under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). It fined two owners of a marketing company £440,000 for sending...

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UK Leveson press privacy intrusion enquiry recommends self-regulation backed by law, jail sentences and fines

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30/11/2012 by:

The UK parliamentary enquiry into culture, practices and ethics of the press, the so called Leveson enquiry, recommends the creation of an independent self-regulatory body, governed by an independent board. Importantly, the Report calls for jail...

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