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  • 2022-11-08 - ICO News ICO launches consultation on how it prioritises FOI complaints
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on how it prioritises the complaints it receives about public bodies’ handling of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.
  • 2022-11-06 - ICO News Department for Education warned after gambling companies benefit from learning records database
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a reprimand to the Department for Education (DfE) following the prolonged misuse of the personal information of up to 28 million children.
  • 2022-11-03 - ICO News ICO and Cabinet Office reach agreement on New Year Honours data breach fine
    The UK Information Commissioner has agreed to reduce the £500,000 Monetary Penalty Notice (MPN) imposed on the Cabinet Office in 2021 in relation to the New Year Honours data breach to £50,000, which the Cabinet Office has agreed to pay, reflecting our new approach to working more effectively with public authorities
  • 2022-10-25 - ICO News ‘Immature biometric technologies could be discriminating against people’ says ICO in warning to organisations
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning organisations to assess the public risks of using emotion analysis technologies , before implementing these systems. Organisations that do not act responsibly, posing risks to vulnerable people, or fail to meet ICO expectations will be investigated.
  • 2022-10-24 - ICO News ‘Biggest cyber risk is complacency, not hackers’ - UK Information Commissioner issues warning as construction company fined £4.4 million
    The UK Information Commissioner has warned that companies are leaving themselves open to cyber attack by ignoring crucial measures like updating software and training staff.
  • 2022-10-07 - ICO News Home Office warned after sensitive documents left at London venue
    The ICO has issued a formal reprimand to the Home Office, after sensitive documents were found at a public London venue.
  • 2022-10-06 - ICO News Catalogue retailer Easylife fined £1.48 million for breaking data protection and electronic marketing laws
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Easylife Ltd £1,350,000 for using personal information of 145,400 customers to predict their medical condition and target them with health-related products without their consent.
  • 2022-10-03 - ICO News ICO fines four firms targeting people with home improvement predatory marketing calls
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined four companies a total of £370,000 for making over 820,000 home improvement predatory marketing calls to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service.
  • 2022-09-28 - ICO News Action taken against SEVEN organisations who failed in their duty to respond to information access requests
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken action against seven organisations who have failed to respond to the public when asked for personal information held about them, known as a Subject Access Request (SAR).
  • 2022-09-28 - ICO News Director’s Update – International Day for Universal Access to Information 2022
    This is the fourth in a series of updates from Warren Seddon, Director of FOI and Transparency. His blog posts provide a regular update on our FOI work and share key learnings to help practitioners and the wider FOI community understand our developing thinking and carry out their roles.
  • 2022-09-26 - ICO News Subject Access Requests: Getting the basics right
    Information can drive everything in our lives from healthcare to job opportunities to the decisions made for and about us.
  • 2022-09-26 - ICO News ICO could impose multi-million pound fine on TikTok for failing to protect children’s privacy
    TikTok could face a £27 million fine after an ICO investigation found that the company may have breached UK data protection law, failing to protect children’s privacy when using the TikTok platform.
  • 2022-09-22 - ICO News Sharing personal data in an emergency - a guide for universities and colleges
    Starting university or further education can be an exciting time, but for some it can also be a difficult and anxious transition.  
  • 2022-09-21 - ICO News ICO launches second consultation on the draft Data protection and journalism code
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a second consultation on a draft code of practice about using personal data for journalism (the code).
  • 2022-09-08 - ICO News ICO takes action against two government departments for failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued an enforcement notice to the Department for International Trade (DIT) and a practice recommendation to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), for persistent failures to respond to information access requests within the statutory time limit.
  • 2022-09-07 - ICO News ICO publishes guidance on privacy enhancing technologies
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published draft guidance on privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) to help organisations unlock the potential of data by putting a data protection by design approach into practice.  
  • 2022-09-06 - ICO News Halfords fined for sending nearly 500,000 unwanted marketing emails
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Halfords Limited £30,000 for sending 498,179 unsolicited marketing emails to people without their consent.
  • 2022-09-01 - ICO News “Children are better protected online in 2022 than they were in 2021” - ICO marks anniversary of Children’s code
    The ICO is marking the anniversary of the groundbreaking Children’s code, that has changed how children are treated online.
  • 2022-08-30 - ICO News ICO acting against eight individuals over alleged theft of road traffic accident data from garages
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has commenced criminal proceedings against eight individuals over the alleged unlawful accessing and obtaining of people’s personal information from vehicle repair garages to generate potential leads for personal injury claims.
  • 2022-08-05 - ICO News Former health adviser found guilty of illegally accessing patient records
    A former health adviser has been found guilty of accessing medical records of patients without a valid legal reason.
  • 2022-07-26 - ICO News Five things we learned from DPPC 2022
    Last week’s Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference 2022 brought together more than 3,000 data protection professionals from across the country. Didn’t manage to attend? Here’s five things you missed from the day. And look out in coming weeks as we publish videos of the speeches and seminars.
  • 2022-07-14 - ICO News UK Information Commissioner sets out focus on empowering people through information
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out a commitment to safeguard the information rights of the most vulnerable people, including regulatory work around children’s privacy, AI-driven discrimination, the use of algorithms within the benefits system and the impact of predatory marketing calls.
  • 2022-07-13 - ICO News Director’s Update – Looking at the future of Freedom of Information (FOI) through ICO25
    This is the third in a series of updates from Warren Seddon, Director of FOI and Transparency. His blog posts provide a regular update on our FOI work and share key learnings to help practitioners and the wider FOI community understand our developing thinking and carry out their roles.
  • 2022-07-11 - ICO News Behind the screens: ICO calls for review into use of private email and messaging apps within government
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today called for a government review into the systemic risks and areas for improvement around the use of private correspondence channels – including private email, WhatsApp and other similar messaging apps.
  • 2022-07-08 - ICO News ICO and NCSC stand together against ransomware payments being made
    Solicitors are today being asked to play their part in keeping the UK safe online by helping to tackle the rise in organisations paying out to ransomware criminals.
  • 2022-07-05 - ICO News ICO and Personal Information Protection Commission, South Korea, sign Memorandum of Understanding
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the South Korean Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) have a strong relationship which recognises their shared common mission to uphold people’s information rights, while supporting digital innovation and economic development.
  • 2022-06-30 - ICO News ICO sets out revised approach to public sector enforcement
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today set out a revised approach to working more effectively with public authorities.
  • 2022-06-29 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - taking action against nuisance calls
  • 2022-06-28 - ICO News International data protection and privacy authorities provide guidance against the threat of credential stuffing attacks
    Latest report from international data protection and privacy authorities has identified credential stuffing as a significant and growing cyber threat to personal information.
  • 2022-06-15 - ICO News The ICO's work in the media - our work to recover fines
    The  New Statesman published a story about our fines issued since 2017. We can issue fines under the Data Protection Act 2018, which sets out the obligations for organisations using personal data in the UK, and under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), which sets out the rules around marketing by electronic means, including marketing calls, texts, emails and faxes.
  • 2022-06-06 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - “Who’s under investigation?” widespread media coverage of the Commissioner’s Opinion
    The Opinion received widespread media coverage including the Commissioner being interviewed live on BBC Breakfast News, the Today programme and LBC news channel.
  • 2022-05-31 - ICO News Information Commissioner calls for an end to the excessive collection of personal information from victims of rape and serious sexual assault
    The UK Information Commissioner has called on the criminal justice sector to immediately stop collecting excessive amounts of personal information from victims of rape and serious sexual assault cases.
  • 2022-05-31 - ICO News Information Commissioner calls for an end to the excessive collection of personal information from victims of rape and serious sexual assault
    The UK Information Commissioner has called on the criminal justice sector to immediately stop collecting excessive amounts of personal information from victims of rape and serious sexual assault cases.
  • 2022-05-26 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - Tackling global privacy harms with international cooperation
    There has been widespread coverage in the media, including in The Guardian, Daily Mail and Sky News about our enforcement action against Clearview AI Inc.  
  • 2022-05-23 - ICO News ICO fines facial recognition database company Clearview AI Inc more than £7.5m and orders UK data to be deleted
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Clearview AI Inc £7,552,800 for using images of people in the UK, and elsewhere, that were collected from the web and social media to create a global online database that could be used for facial recognition.
  • 2022-05-23 - ICO News ICO fines facial recognition database company Clearview AI Inc more than £7.5m and orders UK data to be deleted
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Clearview AI Inc £7,552,800 for using images of people in the UK, and elsewhere, that were collected from the web and social media to create a global online database that could be used for facial recognition.
  • 2022-05-20 - ICO News Doing more with less – working with the FOI community
    This is the second in a series of updates from Warren Seddon, Director of FOI and Transparency. His blog posts provide a regular update on our FOI work and share key learnings to help practitioners and the wider FOI community understand our developing thinking and carry out their roles.
  • 2022-05-20 - ICO News Doing more with less – working with the FOI community
    This is the second in a series of updates from Warren Seddon, Director of FOI and Transparency. His blog posts provide a regular update on our FOI work and share key learnings to help practitioners and the wider FOI community understand our developing thinking and carry out their roles.
  • 2022-05-19 - ICO News What does equality of access really mean when developing a career with a visual impairment?
    On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Paul Arnold, ICO Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer shares his story.
  • 2022-05-19 - ICO News What does equality of access really mean when developing a career with a visual impairment?
    On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Paul Arnold, ICO Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer shares his story.
  • 2022-05-12 - ICO News A day in the life of the ICO’s information management team
    “ It’s important to remember the people behind the information.” – A day in the life of the ICO’s information management team.
  • 2022-05-12 - ICO News A day in the life of the ICO’s information management team
    “ It’s important to remember the people behind the information.” – A day in the life of the ICO’s information management team.
  • 2022-04-29 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - Reflecting on a year of regulator collaboration in the DRCF
    We are not the only regulator with an interest in the digital world - the CMA, Ofcom and FCA also have a role to play. We work together as the Digital Regulator Cooperation Forum (DRCF) to coordinate our regulation of the digital world more efficiently and achieve better outcomes for consumers.
  • 2022-04-27 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - ICO response to Channel 4 ‘Inside the Metaverse’ documentary
    A recent C4 Dispatches - Inside the Metaverse looked at the metaverse and how the platforms enforce against users that act inappropriately.
  • 2022-04-14 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - Google revises its approach to cookies consent
    Google is giving consumers more choice and control over how their data is tracked.
  • 2022-04-11 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - Children's privacy and international collaboration
    John Edwards, UK Information Commissioner, is in Washington DC this week to meet with regulators, civil society, lawmakers and tech companies, as well as present the work of the ICO at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit.
  • 2022-04-11 - ICO News Why protecting children online in UK living rooms starts 5,000 miles away
    “Share your data if you’re looking for a wee stalker”. That was the response by a child from Edinburgh when asked about sharing too much personal information online.
  • 2022-04-11 - ICO News Why protecting children online in UK living rooms starts 5,000 miles away
    “Share your data if you’re looking for a wee stalker”. That was the response by a child from Edinburgh when asked about sharing too much personal information online.
  • 2022-04-07 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - Statement in response to openDemocracy's letter
    openDemocracy has issued an open letter about the Freedom of Information Act. This was picked up by The Guardian, The Daily Mail and Hold the Front Page. This is our response.
  • 2022-04-05 - ICO News ICO's work in the media - John Edwards article in Civil Service World
    Civil Service World have published an article by John Edwards, in which he discusses what he’s learned so far from his listening tour, and offers reassurance about the service that the ICO is looking to give to people and businesses.