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UK’s data regulator again warns ad tech over GDPR compliance

U.K. data protection authority, The Information Commissioner’s Office, has stepped up its warning for the ad tech industry to get its house in order quickly if it is to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and avoid heavy fines.

The ICO held an “ad tech fact-finding forum” in London on Tuesday. It discussed the data protection watchdog’s latest findings since it released a report in June taking the ad tech and real-time bidding marketplace to task on GDPR compliance and giving the industry six months to clean up its act. This summer the ICO said the industry’s current real-time bidding protocols violate GDPR. At the time, the ICO outlined “key areas of concern” including issues such as companies’ treatment of sensitive, “special category” data and the often substandard contractual agreements to protect how bid-request data is shared between vendors.

Source: UK’s data regulator again warns ad tech over GDPR compliance – Digiday

ICO concerned by mass health data-sharing with advertisers

The UK’s data regulator has expressed deep concerns over reports that some of the most popular health websites are sharing sensitive data with advertisers across the world.

The majority of prominent health websites embed tracking cookies in users’ browsers without explicit consent to allow third-party companies to track them while surfing the internet.

This data is then transmitted to a swathe of advertising platforms including Amazon and Facebook, with the majority of data sent to Google’s DoubleClick targeted ad platform. This includes information like medical symptoms, diagnoses, drug names and fertility information.

Source: ICO concerned by mass health data-sharing with advertisers | IT PRO

UK’s DPA: police should think over live facial recognition technology

How far should we, as a society, consent to police forces reducing our privacy in order to keep us safe?

The current combination of laws, codes and practices relating to live facial recognition (LFR) will not drive the ethical and legal approach that’s needed to truly manage the risk that this technology presents.

The absence of a statutory code that speaks to the specific challenges posed by LFR will increase the likelihood of legal failures and undermine public confidence in its use.

Full article: Blog: Live facial recognition technology – police forces need to slow down and justify its use | ICO

Facebook accepts Cambridge Analytica fine

Facebook has said it will pay the £500,000 financial penalty that the social network was issued by the UK’s data privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The fine came as a result of Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, news of which first broke in March 2018.

Source: #Privacy: Facebook accepts ICO Cambridge Analytica fine

The ICO Updates Its Data Sharing Code of Practice

On 9 July 2019 the UK data protection authority (ICO) updated its Data Sharing Code of Practice (first published in 2011).

The Code is publicly available for consultation until 9 September 2019. Once finalised, the Code will become a statutory code of practice under the DPA. Non-compliance with the code will likely be considered non-compliance with data protection laws.

Source: The ICO Updates Its Data Sharing Code of Practice

ICO Launches Public Consultation on New Data Sharing Code of Practice

On July 16, 2019, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released a new draft Data sharing code of practice, which provides practical guidance for organizations on how to share personal data in a manner that complies with data protection laws.

The draft Code focuses on the sharing of personal data between controllers, with a section referring to other ICO guidance on engaging processors. The draft Code reiterates a number of legal requirements from the GDPR and DPA, while also including good practice recommendations to encourage compliance.

Source: ICO Launches Public Consultation on New Data Sharing Code of Practice

ICO opens consultation on the draft data sharing code of practice

The updated draft code of practice will explain and advise on changes to data protection legislation where these changes are relevant to data sharing. It will address many aspects of the new legislation including transparency, lawful bases for processing, the new accountability principle and the requirement to record processing activities.

The updated draft code is now out for public consultation and will remain open until Monday 9 September 2019.

You can respond to the consultation via our online survey, or you can download the document below and email datasharingcode@ico.org.uk.

Source: ICO consultation on the draft data sharing code of practice | ICO

Whistleblower data breach reports almost triple after GDPR crackdown

Whistleblower reports over data breaches have almost tripled over the past year since the introduction of GDPR.

Reports from whistleblowers over data protection surged by 175% to 379 in the year to May 2019, from 138 a year earlier, according to research from City law firm RPC.

The firm said that the introduction GDPR in May 2018 has made people more vigilant over the handling of personal data, increasing the number of reports to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Source: Whistleblower data breach reports almost triple after GDPR crackdown

ICO publishes annual report

UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office – has released its annual report.

Highlights from 12 months to 31 March 2019 include:

  • Data protection complaints received by the ICO increased from 21,019 in 2017/18 to 41,661 in 2018/19
  • Helping organisations, small or large, embed the GDPR and DPA 2018
  • Preparation of statutory codes focusing on age appropriate design, data sharing, direct marketing, and data protection and journalism.
  • Using new powers of inspection – issuing 11 assessment notices in conjunction with our investigations into data analytics for political purposes, political parties, data brokers, credit reference agencies and others
  • 2018/19 was a record-breaking year of monetary penalties under the DPA 1998.

Source: ICO publishes annual report covering an ‘unprecedented’ year | ICO

Businesses more reliant on ICO as data breach reports explode

The UK data regulator has revealed its staff received four times as many reports of personal data breaches during an “unprecedented” 2018/19 against the previous financial year.

Similarly, the number of complaints received from the public rose from 21,019 in 2017/18 to 41,661, according to figures revealed in the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) annual report. Organisations were also twice as reliant on the ICO for advice or guidance during 2018/19.

Source: Businesses more reliant on ICO as data breach reports explode | IT PRO

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