How data protection helps – supporting someone with dementia

By Judith Jones, Group Manager.

blog-alzheimersAlzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK will have a form of dementia by 2015 and in less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia.

Today’s launch of a new publication by the charity ‘Accessing and sharing information: acting on behalf of a person with dementia’ will touch millions of people and is a prime example of the ICO working alongside partner agencies to help people understand their rights and security around personal data. Continue reading

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Three years on… …and still waiting for reform

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection.

blog-watchAs the candles were blown out on the third birthday of the European Commission’s proposal for a new data protection regulation for Europe, there were plenty of people asking how close we were to seeing any of the much-needed changes to UK law.

The short answer is not that close. Progress has been made, but the negotiations in Brussels are not even in the home straight, let alone close to the finishing line. Continue reading

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What you need to know about ICO Privacy Seals

PS2As we all await the outcome of the lengthy negotiations taking place in Europe over the reforms to our existing data protection laws, there is one section of the draft proposals that have been unanimously supported by member states. The reason for this pan-European consensus? Privacy seals.

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Review of 2014 for the ICO’s website and blog

ICO 2014Before January draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to reflect on a year in the life of the ICO website, and more specifically, which parts of the website proved most popular in 2014.

Demand for the ICO’s services has steadily increased year on year, and 2014 was no different. Information rights were frequently in the media, so it will come as no surprise that the ICO’s website had a busy year, with over 19 million page views from more than three million users. Over 60% of those users were new visitors, which shows we’ve been successful in our mission to further our reach. Continue reading

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Five important decisions from ten years of the Freedom of Information Act

By Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner

foiaNew Year’s Day sees the tenth anniversary of the coming into effect of the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Act (FOIA) which had been passed in 2000, on 1 January 2005, citizens were at long last able to request access to official information from UK-wide public authorities and those throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. On the same day, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act introduced similar rights in respect of the devolved authorities in Scotland. Continue reading

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Is protecting data on your Christmas list?

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery.

christmas-listAcross the UK, millions of electronic items will top the Christmas lists of children and adults alike this year including mobile phones, tablets, netcams, fitness devices and smart TVs. When the kids are downloading apps to their mobiles and connecting to Facebook via the TV on Christmas Day probably the last thing on your mind will be protecting their privacy.

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By Greer Schick, Online and Internal Communications Manager.

blog-new-websiteIn my last blog I wrote about launching the first sections of a rebuilt Today, we have released the remaining sections: For organisations, Action we’ve taken and About the ICO.

For regular visitors, these are the sections where you might notice the biggest changes.

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By Greer Schick, Online and Internal Communications Manager.

publicToday we have launched the first few sections of a rebuilt I thought I’d explain a bit more about what we’re doing, why, what’s led up to this point and what’s coming up next.

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Is someone watching you right now? A warning as website targets insecure webcams

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology

main-highlight-webcam-securityThe danger of using weak passwords has been exposed again this month after a new website was launched that allows people to watch live footage from some of the insecure cameras across the world. The website, which is based in Russia, accesses the information by using the default login credentials, which are freely available online, for thousands of cameras. Continue reading

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Four things that could change if it’s easier to fine firms behind nuisance calls and texts

By Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner.

nuisance-call-white-bThe government has today announced that it wants to make it easier for the ICO to fine companies that make nuisance calls or send spam text messages. But what could that mean in practice?

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