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Interesting times, and how we navigate them

My term in office is five years, and it’s abundantly clear to me as the first year draws to a close, ‘interesting times’ will be a recurring theme of my term. GDPR, Brexit, and whatever follows those two. Add to that a general election too. Continue reading

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The Information Commissioner opens a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes

By Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. In March we announced we were conducting an assessment of the data protection risks arising from the use of data analytics, including for political purposes. Engagement with the electorate is vital to the democratic process. … Continue reading

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Draft GDPR Consent guidance receives a significant response

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. The issue of consent surrounding the use of data has proved to be increasingly high-profile recently – and that has been reflected in the large number of responses to our draft … Continue reading

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Profiling under the GDPR: feedback request

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. Imagine a friend tells you about a holiday deal. You go online to book the same deal but you cannot see it on the website. Unbeknown to you, behind the scenes … Continue reading

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ePrivacy reform: Privacy and electronic communications regulations (PECR) under review

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. While preparations for the GDPR dominate the headlines, it’s not the only change for the digital economy. As technology evolves at a phenomenal rate, the laws that govern internet-based services are … Continue reading

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Garages, new homes and old offices: the records management mistakes that put health records at risk

By Leanne Doherty, Group Manager. When Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer announced the government was spending £1.9bn on UK cyber security, he highlighted health data as needing strong protection. But while money is (rightly) invested in hi-tech cyber security solutions … Continue reading

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Information Governance Survey: What councils need to do now

By Anulka Clarke, ICO Head of Good Practice. We’re here to help local councils comply with the Data Protection Act and get ready for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force from May 2018. The ICO’s Good … Continue reading

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AI, machine learning and personal data

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. Today sees the publication of the ICO’s updated paper on big data and data protection. But why now? What’s changed in the two and a half years since we first visited … Continue reading

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ICO guidance for consent in the GDPR

By Jo Pedder, Interim Head of Policy and Engagement. Back in January I wrote about our plans for GDPR guidance in 2017 and our commitment to help organisations improve their practices and prepare for the GDPR. I’m pleased to announce … Continue reading

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Big data and the insurance sector

By Carl Wiper, Group Manager. The insurance sector is among those facing both the challenges and opportunities presented by the large volumes of data which are now available from sources such as social media. How to benefit from this data … Continue reading

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