ICO fines NHS Trust £185,000 for publishing private details of thousands of staff online

A National Health Service Trust that posted the private details of no less than 6,574 members of staff on its website has been fined £185,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). In March 2014, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust inadvertently...
Posted On 04 May 2016
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham

Information Commissioner calls for organisations to begin preparations around EU data protection reforms

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has called upon organisations to begin their preparations for the forthcoming EU data protection reforms. Speaking at the ICO’s annual Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference held in Manchester, Graham highlighted how maximum fines as...
Posted On 14 Mar 2016

Majority of CCTV systems “leave organisations open to cyber attack” reports new Cloudview study

Cloud-based video surveillance specialist Cloudview has just published the results of new research showing that, while the majority of CCTV systems may protect an organisation’s physical assets, they also provide an open door to cyber attackers. The research – carried out...
Posted On 09 Mar 2016

BSIA’s Information Destruction Section supports ICO’s introduction of data protection self-assessment tool

Members of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Information Destruction Section have welcomed a new self-assessment tool on data protection launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The self-assessment tool helps smaller and medium-sized...
Posted On 16 Feb 2016
Christopher Graham: the UK's Information Commissioner

Information Commissioner repeats call for imposition of stronger sentences on data thieves

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has reiterated his call for stronger sentencing powers to be imposed on those people convicted of stealing personal data. The comments come as an employee of a car rental company was sentenced for stealing customer information that...
Posted On 19 Jan 2016

QA survey reveals how UK businesses plan to tackle 2016 cyber security threats

A comprehensive survey conducted by training company QA reveals that eight out of ten (81%) UK IT decision-makers experienced some sort of data or cyber security breach in their organisation during 2015. 66% said that the breach had led to a loss of data, 45% that it had resulted...
Posted On 03 Jan 2016
The Crown Prosecution Service has been fined by the ICO

CPS fined by ICO for “failing to keep recorded police interviews with victims and witnesses secure”

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following the discovery that laptops containing videos of police interviews were stolen from a private film studio. The interviews were conducted with 43 victims and...
Posted On 04 Nov 2015
Christopher Graham: the UK's Information Commissioner

Alert system to enhance cross-border privacy enforcement supported by the ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has signed an agreement to be part of a new technical solution for international agencies involved in privacy enforcement: the GPEN Alert. The GPEN Alert is intended to be a secure and confidential information sharing tool for...
Posted On 27 Oct 2015

Ministry of Justice monitored by ICO over “unacceptable delays” to FoI responses

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is monitoring the Ministry of Justice following concerns over the timeliness of the UK Government department’s responses to freedom of information (FoI) requests. The ICO will now review the performance of the Ministry of Justice...
Posted On 14 Sep 2015

“Skills gaps will challenge ability to handle FoI requests in the public sector” suggests Iron Mountain study

According to a study conducted by Iron Mountain, organisations in the public sector are struggling to balance demands for transparency with the need to protect data. While an overwhelming 96% of public sector bodies claim to be prepared for all Freedom of Information (FoI)...
Posted On 13 Aug 2015