Category Archives: ICO

The ICO Grants Programme and why the time is right to support independent research

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” So said Albert Einstein, and while the school year may be nearing its end and university students are already returning home for the summer, we at the ICO have launched our first ever … 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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10 years of Data Protection Day – 10 years of ICO annual reports

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham writes: “Why is European Data Protection Day celebrated on 28 January?  A good question for a pub quiz, perhaps. The answer is that the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 on the protection of personal information was open … Continue reading

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Insurers using subject access requests to see medical information

The Information Commissioner has been considering the emerging practice of insurance companies obtaining medical records by using patients’ subject access rights. We recognise that insurance companies may have a genuine need to review medical information about its customers when providing … Continue reading

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ICO IT security report: your questions answered

Simon Rice, Group Manager for our Technology team, answers questions about our IT security report, which was launched on 12 May 2014.

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