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GDPR at a critical stage, says information commissioner

The ICO is calling on data protection officials to help kick off the next phase of the GDPR by embedding sound data governance at its annual conference.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the GDRP enshrines in law an onus on companies to understand the risks that they create for others with their data processing, and to mitigate those risks. It also formalises the move away from box ticking to seeing data protection as something that is part of the cultural and business fabric of an organisation, and it reflects that people increasingly demand to be shown how their data is being used, and how it is being looked after, she added.

Source: GDPR at a critical stage, says information commissioner

Parenting club Bounty fined £400,000 for selling users’ data

The parenting club Bounty has been fined £400,000 – one of the largest penalties possible – for sharing its data with marketing agencies without users’ permission.

Company illegally shared 34.4 million records with 39 companies – data brokers including Acxiom, Equifax and Sky – without securing consent from their users.

Source: Parenting club Bounty fined £400,000 for selling users’ data

Bounty UK fined £400,000 for sharing personal data unlawfully

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Bounty (UK) Limited £400,000 for illegally sharing personal information belonging to more than 14 million people.

An ICO investigation found that Bounty, a pregnancy and parenting club, collected personal information for the purpose of membership registration through its website and mobile app, merchandise pack claim cards and directly from new mothers at hospital bedsides.

Source: Bounty UK fined £400,000 for sharing personal data unlawfully

ICO: businesses falling short on GDPR accountability

Businesses are falling short of meeting the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR’s) accountability requirements, the UK’s information commissioner has said.

Elizabeth Denham highlighted the issue in a speech at the 2019 Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference on Monday.

Source: ICO: businesses falling short on GDPR accountability

ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham has spoken out following Mark Zuckerberg’s demands for governments to do more to control what gets broadcast over the internet.

Last week, the Facebook chief had an op-ed published in the Washington Post, in which he described how regulation needed to be standardised in areas including privacy, election integrity, and data protection systems.

Source: ICO responds to Facebook call on governments to tighten internet regulation

UK’s ICO rides two businesses

The UK’s data protection watchdog raided two businesses suspected of making millions of nuisance calls.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has been investigating the companies, based in Brighton and Birmingham, for a year after receiving roughly 600 complaints about them.

The calls – said to involve road traffic accidents, personal injury claims and household insurance – did not identify the firms or allow people to opt out of receiving them.

Source: Raiding party! UK’s ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits • The Register

ICO releases discussion paper on regulatory sandbox

UK data protection authority ICO have published regulatory sandbox discussion paper which explains to potential participants how ICO sees the sandbox working in practice. The paper sets out our thinking so far – from early engagement through to application, sandbox entry and, ultimately, exit.

Source: Blog: ICO regulatory sandbox | ICO

Company closure and 4-year ban for director after marketing regulation breach

A director of a lead generating service has been banned for four years after failing to ensure his company complied with text message regulations.

Lad Media Limited sent over 393,000 SMS messages were sent to members of the public, including to individuals whom had withdrawn their consent regarding the receipt of marketing texts or calls.

Irrespective of Lad Media’s claim that the illegal marketing had not been their fault, but was instead due to the actions of third parties, the ICO imposed a fine of £20,000.

Source: Company closure and 4-year ban for director after marketing regulation breach

Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

The Information Commissioner’s Office is to work alongside regulators in Europe to establish whether Google has fallen foul of more GDPR rules.

The ICO, which enforces European data law in the UK, is now investigating measures to take following a number of complaints raised against the tech giant.

Source: Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

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