ICO ‘dispenses’ its first GDPR fine – Ali Vaziri

2 02 2020

You’d be forgiven for missing it: while the rest of us were busily hanging tinsel and counting down the days to Christmas on our advent calendars, the ICO handed down its first GDPR fine – in the sum of £275,000 – to Doorstep Dispensaree (DD), a provider of pharmacy services to care homes. Read the rest of this entry »





ICO signals its intentions on cyber security: large companies need to lead by example – Ashley Hurst and Nina Lazic

25 01 2020

The ICO has issued DSG Retail Limited, the owner of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores, with a sizeable fine under pre-GDPR legislation. The ICO’s decision is a must-read for all organisations (and particularly for large, nationwide, retailers), with the ICO setting out its expectations as to the “appropriate technical and organisational” measures which companies must take to protect personal data. Read the rest of this entry »





Putting children at the centre: is re-designing the digital environment possible? – Mariya Stoilova and Sonia Livingstone

23 06 2019

Children (and adults alike) seem to be ‘playing tag’ with a sophisticated and fast-changing digital environment whose privacy parameters are hard to define and consequences even harder to predict. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection: ICO reports on Adtech and Real Time Bidding, finds that data protection laws are being ignored

22 06 2019

On 20 June 2019 the Information Commissioner’s Office published its Update Report into Adtech and Real Time Bidding [pdf] dealing with the use of personal data the real time bidding (“RTB”) process in online advertising. Read the rest of this entry »





News: ICO issues Annual Report, 2016-2016: More than 20,000 complaints and over £2m in monetary penalties

29 06 2016

ico_blue_flex_logoThe Information Commissioner’s Office has released its annual report for 2015-2016.  This is is Christoper Graham’s last annual report after 7 years in office. Mr Graham said that there had been a year of “real achievement”. He said “We have delivered on our objectives, responding to new challenges, and preparing for big changes, particularly in the data protection and privacy field.” Read the rest of this entry »





News: Google Spain, the ICO cases and decisions in the first year

10 11 2015

ico-logo-blue-grey-370x229The Information Commissioner’s office has, since May 2014, dealt with 441 cases and has required Google to de-list in 20%.  It has, over this period, issued one enforcement notice against Google. Read the rest of this entry »





News: ICO issues enforcement notice against Google to delist search results

24 08 2015

GoogleOn 18 August 2015, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued an enforcement notice under section 40 of the Data Protection Act 1998 requiring Google Inc to remove nine links to web pages that include details of a minor criminal offence committed by the anonymised complainant nearly 10 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Right to be forgotten claim against ICO rejected by the Administrative Court – Anya Proops

21 07 2015

igooglemagesSo here’s the question: you’re an individual who wants to have certain links containing information about you deindexed by Google; Google has refused to accede to your request and, upon complaint to the ICO, the Commissioner has decided that your complaint is unfounded and so he refuses to take enforcement action against Google under s. 40 DPA 1998; can you nonetheless secure the result you seek in terms of getting your data forgotten by mounting a judicial review challenge to the ICO’s decision? Read the rest of this entry »





ICO consultation on data protection guidance for the media

28 01 2014

ico_blue_flex_logoThe Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun a public consultation on draft guidance on data protection and the media, developed in response to a recommendation by Lord Justice Leveson. Read the rest of this entry »





The ICO Consults on the Future of Information Rights Regulation – Orla Lynskey

12 12 2013

ico-logo-blue-grey-370x229On 28 November the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), the UK’s regulator for certain information rights (data protection and freedom of information) published a draft document entitled ‘Looking Ahead, Staying Ahead: towards a 2020 vision for information rights’, as well as an accompanying consultation questionnaire for stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »