The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its 2018/19 Annual Report, covering the 12 months to 31 March 2019. This is the ICO’s first annual report to parliament since the GDPR came into force in May 2018. It sets out exactly what the ICO has been up to in what has been an interesting
The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) has published its 2017/2018 Annual Report, covering the 12 months leading up to 31 March 2018. The report is the ICO’s annual report to Parliament as required by the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’), and outlines the achievements and work of the ICO. Among the findings reported are the number of self-reported personal data breaches and a summary of fines issued by the ICO.
The ICO received a huge increase in telephone, live chat and written queries from the public and organisations. In the last quarter of 2017, it received 30,000 more such calls than in the previous three months. The report claims 235,672 calls were received by the ICO’s helpline, an increase of 24.1 per cent year-on-year, while 30,469 live chats were requested, up 31.5 per cent. Of the queries received, the majority of concerns related to data subject access (39 per cent), the disclosure of data (16 per cent), the inaccuracy of data (11 per cent) and securing the right to prevent processing (9 per cent).
With regards to personal data breaches, the number of self-reported cases increased significantly: 3,172 incidents were reported to the ICO over the course of 2017/2018, a 29.6 per cent increase. It is anticipated that the number of self-reported data breaches is likely to increase further during the 2018/2019 report period, to reflect the new mandatory data breach notification requirements under GDPR. This position was confirmed during an ICO webinar, where it was revealed that there were 1,792 personal data breaches notified to the ICO in June, a 173 per cent rise on the 657 reports received in May 2018, and an almost fivefold increase compared to April, when just 367 notifications were received.Continue Reading ICO publishes its 2017/2018 Annual Report
On July 28, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) published its Annual Activity Report 2014. The report summarises its operations and programs from the previous year, and highlights the areas in which it feels it has contributed the most to Europe’s data protection and cybersecurity environment.
The ENISA prides itself on being a centre of expertise for cybersecurity, and works closely with members of the public and private sector by delivering advice and tailor-made cybersecurity solutions. The ENISA’s activities are divided into three keys areas: (i) recommendations to its stakeholders; (ii) support for policy development and implementation; and (iii) ‘hands on’ work with operational communities. With regard to recommendations, it published 37 reports last year ranging from national issues such as protections of critical infrastructure, to issues affecting individuals such as data protection and privacy.
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“The CNIL is ready for combat” – this is how Mrs. Falque-Pierrotin, President of the CNIL, described its mission after taking office last year.
Introducing a 100-page-long yearly “Activity Report” dated 10 July 2012, fully translated into English, the President of the CNIL outlined what is to be seen as the main action principle of…