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Two-in-three bosses at Britain’s biggest businesses not trained to deal with cyber attacks

Britain’s top businesses and charities urgently need to do more when it comes to protecting themselves from online threats. According to new Government research and the latest ‘cyber health check’, one-in-ten FTSE 350 companies stated that they’re operating without a...
Posted On 22 Aug 2017
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ICO warns NHS employees that unlawfully accessing patient records is an offence

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded NHS staff about the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a valid reason. The warning comes after a former health care assistant was ordered to pay a total of £1,715 in fines and...
Posted On 14 Aug 2017
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ICO’s Annual Report for 2016-2017 highlights “year of achievements and future challenges”

Elizabeth Denham has published her first Annual Report as the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner. Denham took office in July last year* as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was starting to gear up for significant changes provided by the European Union data...
Posted On 14 Jul 2017
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Information Commissioner’s Office publishes first-ever International Strategy document

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its first-ever International Strategy document to help the organisation meet overseas data protection challenges, including those posed by increased globalism, changing technology, the EU’s forthcoming General...
Posted On 04 Jul 2017
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Gloucester City Council heavily fined by ICO for leaving personal information “vulnerable to attack”

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Gloucester City Council £100,000 after a cyber attacker accessed its employees’ sensitive personal information. The attacker took advantage of a weakness in the organisation’s website back in July 2014, which led to over...
Posted On 14 Jun 2017
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“Number of fines for UK data privacy issues doubles to reach total of £3.2 million” finds PwC analysis

Breaches of UK data protection laws during 2016 attracted no less than 35 fines totalling £3,245,500. That’s almost double the 2015 total of 18. Now, with just under a year to go until the biggest change in privacy laws for over 20 years, UK organisations risk even larger...
Posted On 06 Jun 2017
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ICO urges businesses to prepare for GDPR with one year until data protection law change

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has told businesses there’s no time to delay in preparing for “the biggest change to data protection law for a generation”. Addressing company Boardrooms, Denham has called on businesses to see the commercial benefits of sound data...
Posted On 26 May 2017
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“Secure data destruction now absolutely essential” state BSIA member companies

Members of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Information Destruction Section are warning organisations from all sectors to ensure that they comply with the Data Protection Act. This follows on from the news that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has been fine...
Posted On 08 May 2017
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Information Commissioner’s Office appoints new Deputy CEO and Deputy Commissioner

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced two senior appointments to help strengthen its strategic work in regulating the use of data. Paul Arnold has been appointed to the role of Deputy CEO, while James Dipple-Johnstone joins the ICO as Deput...
Posted On 11 Apr 2017
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ICO survey shows many councils “have work to do” to prepare for new data protection law

Local councils are being offered advice from the data protection regulator ahead of a new law coming into force next year. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published the results of a survey completed by local councils at the end of last year, along with a blog...
Posted On 24 Mar 2017