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New Era of Higher Standards Signalled by Charity Commission

This week the Charity Commission unveiled its new five-year strategy laying down what it believes its role to be, what goals it wishes to achieve and how it aims to achieve them. The strategy signifies a change in tone that … Read more

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Equifax Data Breach – Another Maximum Fine from the ICO

The Information Commissioners Office has once again handed down the maximum fine available at its disposal, and in doing so has reinforced its recent trend of tougher punishments for breaches of data protection laws.

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Information Commissioner’s Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017-18

On the 20 July 2018 the ICO published its Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017-18, specifically covering the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. With the introduction this year of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, … Read more

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Ticketmaster’s data breach and don’t forget about PECR!

With the advent of GDPR and its marked increase in responsibilities and potential sanctions, the importance of responding quickly to data breaches and cooperating with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has never been higher. This was exemplified by on 23rd June … Read more

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We don’t talk anymore – Sir Cliff Richard wins privacy case against BBC

Sir Cliff Richard has today won a privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid of his home, the High Court awarding the singer £210,000 in damages. Richard, who sued both the BBC and South Yorkshire … Read more

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Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica Fine – A Huge GDPR Warning

Social network giants Facebook have this week been issued with the maximum £500,000 fine for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw users’ data being harvested and subsequently exploited for targeted political marketing. Following the much publicised investigation, … Read more

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GDPR in the Insurance Sector – what has changed?

Having been looming on the horizon since 2016, GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 are now in full force and effect. Insurers, claims handlers, loss adjustors, and solicitors all handle vast quantities and categories of personal data relating to … Read more

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Happy GDPR Day! General Data Protection Regulation comes into force today

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in the UK today and will apply to all ‘controllers‘ and ‘processors‘ of ‘personal data’. The GDPR is a substantial and ambitious piece of legislation which aims to overhaul attitudes towards … Read more

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ICO Flexes its Muscles in Warm-up for GDPR – Double offender fined £325,000

The current cap on Monetary Penalty Notices for Data Protection Act 1998 breaches is £500,000. That cap is going up to EUR 20,000,000 tomorrow with the coming into force of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 and, to celebrate … Read more

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It’s official! Data Protection Act 2018 given Royal Assent today

Today, the Queen gave Royal Assent to the Data Protection Act 2018, which was first announced in the Queen’s Speech on the 21st June 2017, as mentioned in a previous blog. The new act comes into effect on Friday 25 … Read more

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