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One year of GDPR – lessons learned by the ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its update reflecting on its GDPR experience over the past year and its upcoming priorities to stay relevant, foster innovation and maintain its position as an “influential regulator on the national and international stage”. Supporting the public, DPOs, SMEs and other organisations The first year of the GDPR … Continue Reading

Celebrating GDPR’s anniversary and preparing for year two

25 May 2019 was GDPR’s first birthday. Since its introduction, privacy and data protection issues have continued to dominate public debate and regulators have signalled that large fines for non-compliance are imminent. Now is an opportune time to review your privacy and data protection regimes. We have more regulatory guidance and case law than we … Continue Reading

UK High Court says no…administrators are not controllers

The recent case of Green v. Group Ltd and others [2019] EWHC 954 (Ch) dealing with Cambridge Analytica’s insolvency has clarified the approach that administrators should take when subject access requests are made to the companies over which they are appointed. A failed administration… In the aftermath of the notorious data analytics activities of Cambridge … Continue Reading

Is 2019 the year for GDPR certification and codes of conduct?

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance on certification and codes of conduct for data processing as well as expected timetables for finalising its revised guidelines on these topics. Certification Certification is a voluntary mechanism for organisations to validate their compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR). Once the submissions … Continue Reading

ICO blogs on meaningfulness of human involvement in AI systems

Researchers at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have started a series of blogs discussing the ICO’s work in developing a framework for auditing artificial intelligence (AI). In the first blog of the series, the discussion revolves around the degree and quality of human review in AI systems, specifically, in what circumstances human involvement can be … Continue Reading

Death, taxes, and preliminary enforcement notices – ICO investigates UK tax authority’s processing of voice data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a preliminary enforcement notice to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The ICO’s notice compels HMRC to delete personal data which was wrongfully collected. Consent A complaint was made to the ICO last year about HMRC relying on implied consent for the historic collection of personal data from individuals. … Continue Reading

Sharing a Bounty of Personal Data? ICO issues £400,000 fine against UK pregnancy and parenting club for illegally sharing personal data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced its intent to fine Bounty (UK) Limited (Bounty) £400,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act). Due to the timing of this breach, it was governed by the Act rather than by the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR). The maximum penalty permitted under the pre-GDPR regime … Continue Reading

Protection of children’s online space: ICO issues code of practice on age-appropriate design

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a consultation on a draft code of practice for designing age-appropriate access for children accessing online products and services provided by information society services (ISS). The consultation closes on 31 May 2019. The draft code sets out principles for any online service accessed by children under the age … Continue Reading

ICO investigates adtech awareness through fact finding forum

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently published a summary report of its fact finding forum on data protection issues arising from advertising technology (adtech). Adtech is a term commonly used to refer to all technologies, software and services used for delivering and targeting online advertisements. The ICO compiled responses from over 2,300 participants in an … Continue Reading

Involved in AI? The ICO wants to hear from you.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is inviting organisations to help develop a framework for future auditing of artificial intelligence (AI). A team from the ICO’s Technology Policy and Innovation Directorate will develop the framework. The framework is intended to help regulators ensure AI applications are transparent, fair and appropriately risk assessed. As well as the … Continue Reading

FCA and ICO strengthen cooperation in renewed memorandum of understanding

On 18 February 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an aim to reinforce and develop their cooperation, collaboration, and information and intelligence sharing. Cooperation and information sharing The ICO and FCA have set out what matters they will communicate with each other … Continue Reading

UK regulator to focus on ad-tech

On 6 March 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will host a fact-finding forum in central London. The aim of this forum is to facilitate a dialogue between ad-tech stakeholders. The ICO wants to understand the complexities of ad-tech practices. Why ad-tech? ‘Ad-tech’ is the product of technology’s transformation of the advertising industry. It uses … Continue Reading

ICO brings prosecution against SCL Elections

Earlier this month, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) brought a criminal prosecution against the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections, for failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the ICO. SCL was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs. The criminal prosecution may not sound surprising – after all, SCL had failed … Continue Reading

Federal Court deals SEC a setback in Blockvest ICO litigation

On November 28, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) request for a preliminary injunction against Defendants Blockvest, LLC (Blockvest) and Blockvest’s founder and chairman Reginald Buddy Ringgold, III (Ringgold) was denied by United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Blockvest and Ringgold were offering and selling unregistered securities in the … Continue Reading

SEC settles two ICO enforcement actions

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently settled two initial coin offering (ICO) enforcement actions grounded on the sale of unregistered securities. The two settlements, one with CarrierEQ Inc. (or AirFox) and the other with Paragon Coin Inc., are the first time the SEC has imposed civil penalties on companies solely for offering digital … Continue Reading

ICO takes action against organisations for failure to pay new data protection fee

On 26 September 2018 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) began formal enforcement action against 34 organisations that have failed to pay their data protection fees. Notices of intent have been served on both private and public sector organisations, including the NHS, government organisations, and businesses in recruitment, finance and accountancy. They have until 17 October … Continue Reading

ICO publishes Technology Strategy for 2018–2021

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its Technology Strategy for 2018 to 2021. The Strategy, part of the ICO’s focus on adapting to rapidly developing technologies, outlines eight “technology goals” and the measures that will be implemented to achieve them. Technology goals Broadly, these goals include increased technology training for the ICO’s staff and … Continue Reading

ICO takes enforcement action against Brexit campaigners

On 6 July 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued an enforcement notice against AggregateIQ for failing to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR). The enforcement notice was issued as part of the ICO’s investigation into whether personal data was misused by both sides during the Brexit referendum. AggregateIQ The terms of … Continue Reading

First tribunal case overturning an ICO fine for sending marketing emails without opt-in consent

In Xerpla Ltd v. Information Commissioner [2018] UKFTT 2017_0262 (GRC) (14 August 2018), an English General Regulatory Tribunal has overturned a fine, issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) against the direct marketing company, Xerpla Ltd, after the ICO determined that Xerpla had failed to obtain the necessary consents for electronic communications to its subscribers. … Continue Reading

The UK responds to NISD consultation

The government has published its response to the April 2018 targeted consultation on the Security of Network and Information Systems Directive (NISD). The targeted consultation specifically addressed how NISD will apply to Digital Service Providers (DSPs) in the UK, focusing on the identification of DSPs, security measures and further guidance. This follows the government’s public … Continue Reading

ICO issues new guidance on international data transfers under GDPR

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance on international data transfers (the guidance) under the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). Ex-EU personal data transfers The GDPR restricts the transfer of personal data to non-EU countries or international organisations. The ICO has clarified that a transfer is restricted if: The GDPR … Continue Reading

What big data, political advertising and big fines have in common

On 10 July 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced its intent to fine Facebook £500,000 for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998, the maximum permitted under the pre-GDPR regime. If the penalty is enforced, it will be the biggest issued by the ICO in its history. For some perspective, had the breach … Continue Reading

ICO publishes its 2017/2018 Annual Report

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 … Continue Reading
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