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Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods

Facebook is facing the wrath of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) once again following a complaint made by the UK Information Commissioner Office (ICO) to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relations to the social media giant’s user targeting tactics.

Facebook has come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks after a number of news reporters portrayed how easy it was to post fake advertisements that appear to be sponsored/funded by real politicians. Other reports included targeting individuals with extremely conservative views and opinions.

Full article: Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods – Compliance Junction

ICO hits Leave.EU and Arron Banks insurance company with £135,000 in fines

An investigation conducted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into a data breach suffered by Leave.EU has left the pro-Brexit campaign group with a huge financial penalty. Fines totalling £135,000 have been imposed upon Leave.EU as well as an insurance company owned by the organisation’s founder Arron Banks, due to the illegal use of personal data through political campaigning, the BBC news website reports.

Source: ICO hits Leave.EU and Arron Banks insurance company with £135,000 in fines

ICO publishes report on use of data analytics in political campaigns

UK’s data protection authority ICO has published a report to Parliament that brings the various strands of its investigation up to date. ICO found a disturbing disregard for voters’ personal privacy by players across the political campaigning eco-system — from data companies and data brokers to social media platforms, campaign groups and political parties.

UK Information Commissioner is calling for views for a code of practice covering the use of data in campaigns and elections. It will simplify the rules and give certainty and assurance about using personal data as a legitimate tool in campaigns and elections.

Source: Blog: Information Commissioner’s report brings the ICO’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns up to date | ICO

Average fine in UK for data breaches doubles to £146,000 in just a year

The average value of fines issued by the UK’s data protection authority doubled over the last year to reach £146,000. The total value of penalties imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) rose to just under £5 million in the 12 months to the 30th of September 2018, up 24% from £4 million the year before.

Source: Average fine for data breaches doubles to £146,000 in just a year

Average data breach fine doubles in one year

City AM reports that the average financial penalty issued by the UK regulator for data fines has doubled over the last year, and now stands at £146,000. City law firm RPC, which made the calculations, also concludes that fines imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the twelve months to September 30 th 2018 increased to near the £5m mark – an increase of 24% on the same time span in 2017.

Source: Average data breach fine doubles in one year

Is the ICO’s view of “lawful processing” under the GDPR wrong?

What makes processing “lawful” under the GDPR? The Information Commissioner (ICO) has stated that the word “lawfulness” has general application, as it did under the previous Data Protection Act (DPA1998). Though this view may be wrong. There is a significant risk that the level of the protection afforded to data subjects in the UK (and in Europe) is much diminished.

Full article: Is the ICO’s view of “lawful processing” under the GDPR wrong?

Facebook fined £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said Facebook had let a “serious breach” of the law take place. The fine is the maximum allowed under the old data protection rules that applied before GDPR took effect in May.

Source: Facebook fined £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica scandal – BBC News

ICO to help business with innovation and Privacy by Design

The UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office – will set up a Regulators’ Business and Privacy Innovation Hub to support businesses, with other regulators, to comply and understand privacy and data protection – for example by helping them to build privacy in right from the start in innovative products and services.

The Hub will work alongside the ICO’s Regulatory Sandbox – an initiative to create a safe space where organisations are supported to develop innovative products and services using personal data in innovative ways.

Source: ICO to help business with innovation and Privacy by Design – Privacy Laws & Business

UK DPA releases data protection self-assessment checklist for sole traders

The ICO has launched a self-assessment checklist that will help sole traders and self-employed individuals to assess their compliance with new data protection laws. The checklist is aimed at improving understanding of data protection and making sure sole traders are keeping people’s personal data secure. It shows sole traders how compliant they are by generating a rating based on their responses and provides handy links to relevant ICO guidance and further information. It also includes practical suggestions of how to stay in line with the law.

Source: New data protection self-assessment checklist for sole traders | ICO

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