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Is the EU-US Privacy Shield under threat?

July 18th, 2018

The European Parliament resolution on the adequacy of the EU-US Privacy shield was published on 5th July with a number of concerns raised. A deadline of 1st September 2018 has been set for compliance and “a delegation of the LIBE Committee will travel to Washington D.C. from 16 to 19 July 2018. Its objective is […]

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£100k fine for company making nuisance calls

May 3rd, 2018

IAG Nationwide Limited has been fined £100,000 for making more than 69,000 calls to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). Recipients described the calls as “frightening”, “threatening” and “aggressive”. IAG also failed to correctly identify itself in the calls, did not give people the chance to opt-out of receiving them and provided misleading […]

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Company fined £19k for marketing campaign

May 3rd, 2018

Costelloe & Kelly Ltd undertook a direct text marketing campaign without a valid consent to individuals in contravention of Regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. 265,000 unsolicited text messages were sent without appropriate consent. That oversight cost the company £19,000 in fines alone. Understanding the PECR and new EU […]

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Some useful guidance on marketing campaigns

February 1st, 2018

This, on marketing campaigns, from the ICO Recital 47 of the GDPR says direct marketing is a legitimate use of personal information, which is true. It is important to remember, however other rules also apply for example the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations 2003 (PECR). PECR restricts the circumstances in which you can market people […]

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The Morrisons Data Breach Judgement

January 18th, 2018

A great article by Baker and McKenzie on the lessons from the recent judgement against WM Morrisons regarding the unauthorised disclosure of payroll data by a rogue employee.  The court held that Morrisons were vicariously liable for the data breach – although leave to appeal the decision was granted. Baker McKenzie Comment: If the ruling […]

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ICO issues some clarification on profiling for fundraising

November 23rd, 2017

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham says “Personal data belongs to the individual and that means they have the right to make choices about how it’s used. The law requires organisations to tell people what it’s going to be used for and who it’s going to be shared with – and that’s what people expect. “I want to […]

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Warning for workers after charity employee is prosecuted for data protection offences

November 13th, 2017

People working with personal information have been warned they have to obey strict privacy laws after a charity worker was prosecuted for making his own copies of sensitive data. Robert Morrisey, 63, sent spreadsheets containing the information of vulnerable clients to his personal email address without the knowledge of the data controller, his employer the […]

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ICO warns data broking industry after issuing £80,000 fine

November 10th, 2017

A firm trading in people’s personal information and describing itself as ‘the UK’s Premier Lead Generation Provider’ has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Verso Group (UK) Limited failed to comply with data protection law because it was not clear with people about what it was doing with their personal information. This […]

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ICO issues update on registration

October 30th, 2017

The ICO has issued a statement regarding company registration with the ICO. This has generated much commentary as the new EU GDPR regulations were expected to negate the requirement to register. Update: On 21 February 2018, the Government announced a new charging structure for data controllers to ensure the continued funding of the Information Commissioner’s […]

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