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ico_blue_flex_logoThe Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun a public consultation on draft guidance on data protection and the media, developed in response to a recommendation by Lord Justice Leveson.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





Select Committee criticises ICO’s approach to Millipede: prospects for successful enforcement are poor – Chris Pounder

20 10 2013

Christopher GrahamIn my previous blog on Operation Millipede, I said that October 8th would be an interesting day; and so it turned out. The Home Affairs Select Committee is not convinced that the Information Commissioner (ICO) is going about his investigation in the right way and MPs on the Committee made their objections abundantly clear. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection Code of Practice for the Press raises the prospect of enhanced protection for ordinary data subjects – Chris Pounder

22 02 2013

ico-logo-blue-grey-370x229Five days ago, the Conservatives outlined their plans for implementing the Leveson Recommendations (the Recommendations”) by creating an independent panel, established by Royal Charter, to verify that any new press regulator is effective. Yesterday, the Information Commissioner put a spanner in these works; he has published outline plans for his own voluntary Code of Practice and is consulting on its possible content. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Information Commissioner Consults on Data Protection and Press Code of Practice

19 02 2013

In the light of Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations on Data Protection, the Information Commissioner is proposing to issue a Code of Practice under section 51 of the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to the law as it currently stands.  Before doing so, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) is engaging in a short “framework consultation”. Read the rest of this entry »