2019-07-09 - ICO News Blog: Live facial recognition technology - data protection law applies
2019-07-04 - ICO News Blog: Developing the ICO AI Auditing Framework: an update
Any organisation using software that can recognise a face amongst a crowd then scan large databases of people to check for a match in a matter of seconds, is processing personal data.
2019-07-03 - ICO News Blog: Cookies – what does ‘good’ look like?
Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology and Innovation reflects on the progress made in developing the ICO approach to auditing Artificial Intelligence (AI), and some of the broad themes emerging from the feedback received so far.
2019-06-25 - ICO News Human bias and discrimination in AI systems
Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect last May, there has been a great deal of interest in how it applies to cookies and similar technologies.
2019-06-25 - ICO News Blog: Supporting people accessing their data from the police
Blogger post: As part of our AI auditing framework blog series, Reuben Binns, our Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Valeria Gallo, Technology Policy adviser, look at how AI can play a part in maintaining or amplifying human biases and discrimination.
2019-06-20 - ICO News Blog: ICO Adtech update report published following industry engagement
Anyone in the UK has the legal right to find out what information is held about them by organisations and ask for a copy free of charge within one calendar month. This is known as a subject access request (SAR).
2019-06-13 - EC News One year of GDPR application : taking stock in the EU and beyond
2019-06-03 - ICO News Blog: Counting the cost of accessing environmental information
In recent months we’ve been reviewing how personal data is used in real time bidding (RTB) in programmatic advertising, engaging with key stakeholders directly and via our fact-finding forum event to understand the views and concerns of those involved.
2019-06-03 - ICO News When it comes to explaining AI decisions, context matters
At the beginning of May, Parliament declared a ‘climate change emergency’ and concerns about the environment make news headlines almost every day. So it’s more important than ever that people are able to get the information they need to take part in informed debates.
2019-05-30 - ICO News GDPR - one year on
Blogger post: Alex Hubbard, Senior Policy Officer at the ICO, looks at some of the key themes identified in the ICO and The Alan Turing Institute’s interim report about explanations of AI decisions.
2019-05-28 - ICO News Work begins on creating ICO Sandbox short list as application period closes
Last May marked a seismic shift in privacy and information rights with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
2019-05-23 - ICO News Known security risks exacerbated by AI
Applications for the ICO Sandbox have now closed and we have had a fantastic response, with 64 submissions received in total.
2019-05-10 - ICO News Blog: Data protection doesn’t take a day off
We would like to hear your views on how known security risks can be exacerbated by AI. We welcome any feedback on our current thinking.
2019-05-10 - ICO News Blog: Using biometric data in a fair, transparent and accountable manner
Last year we began taking action against organisations for non-payment of the data protection fee, sending out a clear message that those who didn’t pay risked a fine.
2019-04-29 - ICO News Helping us strike the right balance between journalism and data protection
As technology takes ever greater strides, so organisations and businesses are harnessing its capabilities to help manage their contact with customers, including using it for means of identification and authentication.
2019-04-12 - ICO News Automated Decision Making: the role of meaningful human reviews (hosted on Blogger)
Privacy and freedom of expression are both fundamental rights that are equally vital to our society, democracy and way of life. But they can sometimes appear to be in conflict with each other. Our data protection laws aim to reconcile these rights and achieve a crucial balance. But it is important that those organisations engaged in journalism know how to apply the requirements and exemptions in practice.
2019-04-12 - ICO News Blog: Data Protection law does not prevent information sharing to save lives and stop crime
In the first detailed element of our AI framework blog series, Reuben Binns, our Research Fellow in AI, and Valeria Gallo, Technology Policy Adviser, explore how organisations can ensure ‘meaningful’ human involvement to make sure AI decisions are not classified as solely automated by mistake.
2019-04-12 - ICO News Blog: Children’s privacy – new standards for online services will help protect children
2019-04-12 - ICO News Accuracy of AI system outputs and performance measures
Steve Wood reminds public and private organisations that new data protection legislation does not stop them from disclosing personal data to assist police forces or other law enforcement authorities.
2019-03-26 - ICO News An overview of the Auditing Framework for Artificial Intelligence and its core components
Continuing our AI auditing framework blog series , Reuben Binns, our Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Valeria Gallo, Technology Policy Adviser, explore how the data protection principle of accuracy applies to AI systems, and propose some steps organisations should take to ensure compliance.
2019-03-22 - ICO News The ICIC adopts Johannesburg Charter
Reuben Binns, our Research Fellow in AI, and Valeria Gallo, ICO Technology Policy Advisor, outline the proposed structure, core components and areas of focus of the ICO ’s new auditing framework for artificial intelligence (AI).
2019-03-18 - ICO News A call for participation: Building the ICO’s auditing framework for Artificial Intelligence
T he ICIC is the International Conference of Information Commissioners. The Conference was first held in 2003 when Information Commissioners and Ombudsmen met for the first time in Berlin to adopt a declaration for further cooperation and experience sharing among regulatory authorities charged with overseeing the access to public information.
2019-03-07 - ICO News Blog: Adtech fact finding forum shows consensus on need for change
Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology Policy and Innovation, invites comment from organisations on the development of an auditing framework for AI.
2019-03-07 - ICO News Blog: Why the right of access to patient data needn’t be a headache for GPs
There’s a well-quoted line from Steve Jobs, that as Apple CEO he didn’t employ smart people to tell them what to do, but so that they could tell him what to do.
2019-02-13 - dataIQ News UK firms embrace GDPR but concerns grow over Brexit
A patient’s right to access their own medical records from their GP is a long-established principle supported and strengthened by data protection law, most recently the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
2019-02-12 - ICO News Blog: Advancing the adtech debate from a data protection perspective
UK firms have tackled their fears over GDPR, and are finally recognising that data regulation can have a positive affect on their business.
According to a survey of over 500 decision-makers by cloud data services...
2019-02-08 - dataIQ News Tech giants join forces to support calls for US GDPR
Simon McDougall highlights three areas of concern in the adtech industry and invites stakeholders to a fact-finding forum.
2019-02-07 - ICO News Blog: Show you mean business by paying the Data Protection Fee
Apple chief executive Tim Cook's call for the US to introduce GDPR-style legislation is gaining momentum among the technology giants, with Cisco and Microsoft the latest firms urging the US to follow in the footsteps of...
2019-02-05 - dataIQ News UK in top three as GDPR data breaches in EU near 60,000
Paul Arnold, Deputy CEO, explains to small businesses why they need to pay the data protection fee.
2019-01-25 - ICO News Blog: How will personal data continue to flow after Brexit?
More than 59,000 data breaches have been reported to regulators across Europe since GDPR came into force last May, with the UK in the top three - behind Netherlands and Germany - when it comes the most reported breaches...
2019-01-24 - dataIQ News Consumers feeling more in control of data post-GDPR
Elizabeth Denham's latest blog busts the myths for UK companies transferring personal data to and from the EEA
2019-01-22 - dataIQ News Only 17% of firms compliant with GDPR data requests
Brands may still be coming to terms with GDPR but, it appears, consumers are already feeling more confident in how their data is handled, and believe they can exercise greater control over what marketing they receive....
2019-01-21 - dataIQ News French regulator hits Google with first major GDPR fine
Tech giants might be facing increased scrutiny over their compliance with GDPR, but new figures suggest that they are not alone, with the vast majority of businesses struggling to cope with a rise in data access...
2019-01-20 - EC News Open calls for proposals under the Justice and REC programmes!
Google has the dubious honour of being the first company to be hit by a major fine for breaching GDPR, after the French data watchdog CNIL said it was handing the company a €50 million (£44 million) penalty for failing...
2019-01-18 - dataIQ News Apple chief reiterates call for new US privacy legislation
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2019-01-14 - ICO News Openness by Design: ICO’s access to information strategy is published for consultation
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has stepped up his call for the US to introduce GDPR-style legislation, arguing that American citizens should have the right to track the data that is being collected about them online and...
2018-12-19 - ICO News Access to serious sexual crime victims’ personal information – how much is too much?
A blog by Director of Freedom of Information Gill Bull to introduce the ICO’s proposed strategy for Freedom of Information and invite comments to inform a final version.
2018-12-18 - dataIQ News GDPR forces marketers to embrace data segmentation
A blog by Deputy Commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone for police, the criminal justice system and victims’ support groups.
2018-12-13 - ICO News Data protection and Brexit - ICO advice for organisations
Marketers have moved to data segmentation and multi-channel marketing tactics, following the introduction of GDPR, which has triggered a major overhaul of data strategies.
According to research from TransUnion (formerly...
2018-12-12 - dataIQ News US consumers demand shake-up of privacy laws
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham sets out how the ICO is helping businesses prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit
2018-12-06 - ICO News Sleigh-ing the Christmas GDPR myths
Those who advocate that the US should implement GDPR-style legislation have had their case strengthened by a new survey of consumers which shows that two-thirds (67%) of Americans think the US government should do more...
2018-12-04 - dataIQ News Majority of businesses see data as a board-level issue
In the latest of our series of GDPR myth-busting blogs, a new post by Deputy Commissioner (Policy) Steve Wood tackles some misconceptions which have sprung up around how the new data protection law might affect your Christmas.
2018-11-30 - ICO News ICO's blog on its international work
The use of data in marketing and sales activities has risen up the corporate agenda and is now seen as a board-level responsibility for the majority of businesses.
So says a study by Data Practitioners, carried out...
2018-11-16 - ICO News Information Commissioner’s investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service
The ICO's ongoing contributions to the upholding of information rights across the globe.
2018-11-12 - dataIQ News Firms face major roadblocks in adopting AI for marketing
Gang violence is a matter of national concern – but the tools to tackle it must be fair, fit for purpose and above all, trusted by those communities at most risk.
2018-11-06 - ICO News ICO’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns
UK companies want to speed up investment in artificial intelligence to gain a competitive advantage in delivering personalised customer experiences at scale but are being hampered by a "triple whammy" of a lack of...
2018-10-31 - dataIQ News Facebook growth slows but "it is starting to rise again"
The Information Commissione has published a report to Parliament that brings the various strands of our investigation up to date.
2018-10-25 - dataIQ News ICO confirms maximum £500,000 fine for Facebook
The fall-out from privacy scandals and the impact of GDPR are being blamed for a slowdown in Facebook's growth after the company revealed the loss of one million users in Europe during the three months to the end of...
2018-10-18 - dataIQ News Firms reluctant to axe legacy systems due to valuable data
Facebook has become only the second company ever to be hit with the maximum £500,000 fine for serious breaches of data protection law, after failing to convince the Information Commissioner’s Office that it had done...
2018-10-10 - ICO News ICO welcomes Government’s early signing of the modernised Convention 108
Organisations continue to keep legacy IT applications alive because the historical data those systems hold remains useful, despite a recognition that running these obsolete systems poses a major risk to digital...
Today, a modernised version of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 opens for signature in Strasbourg and the ICO is delighted that the UK Government is among the very first signatories.