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Police take too much data from victims’ phones, says watchdog

Police are extracting “excessive amounts of personal data” from the mobile phones of victims and witnesses during investigations and are in danger of discouraging the public from reporting crime, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned.

In a critical study of data extraction policies, the ICO concludes that procedures are inconsistent across forces in England and Wales and calls for a new statutory code of practice to provide “greater clarity”.

Source: Police take too much data from victims’ phones, says watchdog | Police | The Guardian

ICO Teams Up with CMA and Ofcom in Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum

On July 1, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) launched a joint endeavor with the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) and Office of Communications (“Ofcom”), named the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (“DRCF”).

The DRCF is intended to promote collaboration between the three regulators and pool their collective expertise with regard to data, privacy, competition, communications and content in digital markets and services. It also intends to engage regularly with the UK government.

Source: ICO Teams Up with CMA and Ofcom in Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum

GDPR complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over coronavirus Test and Trace programme

Open Rights Group has instructed lawyers to lodge a complaint with the UK’s data watchdog over the rollout of the Test and Trace system because it says the system breaches the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The complaint to the ICO relates to the failure by the NHS and Public Health England (PHE), which runs the Test and Trace programme, to conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA), which is required under the GDPR before processing of data in high-risk situations.

Source: Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR • The Register

EasyJet faces £18 billion class-action lawsuit over data breach

UK budget airline easyJet is facing an £18 billion class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of customers impacted by a recently-disclosed data breach.

The lawsuit has been filed in the High Court of London on behalf of customers. According to the firm, easyJet’s data breach took place in January 2020, and while the ICO was apparently notified at this time, customers were not informed until four months later. The lawsuit aims to secure up to £2,000 per impacted customer.

Source: EasyJet faces £18 billion class-action lawsuit over data breach | ZDNet

ICO Issues New Guidance On Covid-19 Testing And Monitoring In The Workplace

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance for employers on complying with data protection law when taking steps to manage Covid-19 health and safety risk in the workplace.

The Guidance focuses on ‘testing’ of employees (which includes collecting data about symptoms and the conducting of temperature checks, and well as collecting data about Covid-19 test results), but also touches on other measures which businesses might be considering in order to monitor employee movements within the workplace.

Source: Uk: Ico Issues New Guidance On Covid-19 Testing And Monitoring In The Workplace

ICO Warns It Will Punish Those Abusing Data During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Information Commissioner’s Office has tweaked its approach the changing data environment that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing.

When it comes to a company’s employees and their health the data authorities stress that just because you are concerned about workers health doesn’t mean you should start collecting unnecessarily amounts of health data from them.

Source: ICO Warns It Will Punish Those Abusing Data During COVID-19 Outbreak

ICO sets out new priorities for UK data protection during COVID-19 and beyond

Elizabeth Denham, UK’s Information Commissioner, published a blog post setting out priorities for Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

In a blog post Elizabeth Denham revealed that ICO will focus on the areas with greatest impact to protect the public interest and support economic growth and innovation:

  • Protecting the public interest;
  • Enabling responsible data sharing;
  • Monitoring intrusive and disruptive technology.

Source: Blog: Information Commissioner sets out new priorities for UK data protection during COVID-19 and beyond | ICO

UK ICO Releases Its Opinion on Apple and Google Partnership to Build COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology

Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, has released an opinion in response to the joint effort announced by Apple Inc. and Google LLC to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19 by building contact-tracing technology into iOS and Android smartphones.

Opinion concludes that the “Contact Tracing Framework” (CTF) being developed supports data protection principles. The approach taken by the Information Commissioner in her opinion highlights the pragmatic leadership demonstrated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in enabling organizations to process personal data for the purposes of combatting COVID-19.

Source: UK ICO Releases Its Opinion on Apple and Google Partnership to Build COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology

Watchdog approves use of UK phone data to help fight coronavirus

The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can legally use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus.

It emerged last week that the government was in talks with UK mobile phone companies to potentially use anonymous location and usage data to create movement maps, with a 12- to 24-hour delay, to discover whether the public are abiding by lockdown rules.

Source: Watchdog approves use of UK phone data to help fight coronavirus | World news | The Guardian

Scottish company hit with maximum fine for making nearly 200 million nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined CRDNN Limited with the maximum £500,000 fine for making more than 193 million automated nuisance calls.

Operating out of a Clydebank business park, CRDNN Limited was raided by the ICO in March 2018, with computer equipment and documents seized for further analysis of their nuisance call operation.

Source: Scottish company hit with maximum fine for making nearly 200 million nuisance calls | ICO

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