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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

UK businesses using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity

Unions warn systems such as Isaak may increase pressure on workers and cause distrust Dozens of UK business owners are using artificial intelligence to scrutinise staff behaviour minute-to-minute by harvesting data on who emails whom and when, who accesses and edits files and who meets whom and when.

The actions of 130,000 people in the UK and abroad are being monitored in real-time by the Isaak system, which ranks staff members’ attributes.

Source: UK businesses using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity

GDPR has driven improved cyber resilience

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has made more UK businesses more resilient to cyber risk, the UK government has said in its latest annual cybersecurity breach survey.

Survey was carried out in the final three months of 2018. The government asked 1,566 UK businesses if they had experienced cybersecurity breaches or attacks within the previous 12 months. In response, 32% of businesses said they had, down from the 43% that said they had experienced such incidents in last year’s survey.

Source: GDPR has driven improved cyber resilience, says UK government

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 to investigate bias of algorithmic decision-making

The potential for bias in the use of algorithms in crime and justice, financial services, recruitment and local government will be investigated by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI).

  • Centre will investigate how to maximise the benefits in the use of algorithms in recruitment, local government and financial services
  • Comes as organisation publishes its first full-year work programme and strategy setting out its priorities for the year ahead

Source: Investigation launched into potential for bias in algorithmic decision-making in society – GOV.UK

Birmingham Court fines pair over data breaches

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that employees could face criminal charges if they access or share personal data without a valid reason.

The warning came after a Birmingham Magistrates’ Court fined two workers in separate cases for breaching data protection laws in 2017. Both individuals pleaded guilty to violations under the same sections of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Source: Birmingham Court fines pair over data breaches | IT PRO

After Brexit, the EU must decide if UK data protection is adequate

After Brexit the European Commission will decide whether the UK provides equivalent data protection standards to GDPR and other EU legislation.

The adequacy assessment is going to be a key test of the UK’s data privacy standards and achieving adequacy will be far from straightforward. The UK has committed to maintaining GDPR standards post-Brexit but this is not the whole picture for data protection compliance, and when it comes to the protection of fundamental rights there are difficult questions to be addressed.

Full article: After Brexit, the EU must decide if UK data protection is adequate

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