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Royal Free Undertaking exposes weakness in data protection enforcement regime

The ICO’s enforcement (or lack of enforcement depending on your view) in the Royal Free/DeepMind case has divided the data protection community. The ICO found that the Royal Free had breached four data protection principles, had breached the medical confidentiality of 1.6 million patients but concluded that such a breach warranted an Undertaking.

Source: Royal Free Undertaking exposes weakness in data protection enforcement regime

Businesses warned against ‘dressing up’ marketing emails that customers have opted out of

Businesses cannot send marketing emails to customers that have elected to opt out of receiving such messages as part of moves to update their terms and conditions, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.

Source: Businesses warned against ‘dressing up’ marketing emails that customers have opted out of

ICO’s Publishes Its Annual Report for 2016/17

UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its annual report for 2016/17. The report includes the ICO’s annual operational performance statistics which were published separately earlier this year and which reflected the office’s consistently improving work to regulate information rights in the UK.

Source: ICO’s Annual Report for 2016/17 highlights a year of achievements and future challenges | ICO

ICO issues record number of PECR penalties

The ICO issued, in the past 12 months, more fines for PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations) breaches than ever before. The ICO’s 2016-17 Annual Report, issued today, reveals that the ICO issued 23 penalties totalling £1,923,000. One of the largest fines was £270,000, served on Road Traffic Consult trading as Media Tactics for making 22 million unsolicited automated marketing calls to members of the public.

Source: ICO issues record number of PECR penalties – Privacy Laws & Business

ICO publishes International Strategy to help protect UK public’s personal information in a global environment

The ICO has published its first ever International Strategy to help it meet overseas data protection challenges including increased globalism, changing technology, GDPR and Brexit.

Source: ICO publishes International Strategy to help protect UK public’s personal information in a global environment | ICO

Four lessons NHS Trusts can learn from the Royal Free case

UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust did not comply with the Data Protection Act when it turned over the sensitive medical data of around 1.6 million patients to Google DeepMind, as part of a clinical safety initiative.

Source: Four lessons NHS Trusts can learn from the Royal Free case | ICO Blog

UK ICO Revises Subject Access Guidance Following Court Rulings

On June 20, 2017, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published an updated version of its Code of Practice on Subject Access Requests. The updates are primarily in response to three Court of Appeal decisions from earlier this year regarding data controllers’ obligations to respond to subject access requests.

Source: UK ICO Revises Subject Access Guidance Following Court Rulings

Gloucester City Council fined by ICO for leaving personal information vulnerable to attack

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Gloucester City Council £100,000 after a cyber attacker accessed council employees’ sensitive personal information.

Source: Gloucester City Council fined by ICO for leaving personal information vulnerable to attack | ICO

UK ICO Stresses Importance of Preparing for the GDPR and Addresses the ICO’s Role Post-Brexit

With just under one year to go before the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) becomes law across the European Union, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has continued its efforts to help businesses prepare for the new law.

Source: UK ICO Stresses Importance of Preparing for the GDPR and Addresses the ICO’s Role Post-Brexit

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