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May 26, 2011

ICO gives UK websites a year to comply with EU cookie regulation

by Darren Allan
The Information Commissioner's Office has announced that it will give UK websites twelve months before it will enforce the new EU cookie law. The EU stipulations have triggered a revision of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations by the government which officially comes into play today. That should mean that UK sites now have to obtain consent to store cookies ...

January 28, 2011

80% of Brits concerned about personal details online

by Darren Allan
The Information Commissioner's Office has published the results of a survey which revealed that 80% of people are worried about the security of their personal information online. The ICO has used the survey to mark European Data Protection Day, and encourage folks to give more thought about what personal details they share online, particularly on social networks. A massive 96% ...

July 29, 2010

ICO clears Google over wi-fi data affair

by Darren Allan
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has effectively cleared Google over the wi-fi data collection uproar, which privacy activists sank their teeth into back in May. If you don't recall this one, basically it revolved around Google's Street View photographing cars, which also carried radio antennae to pick up the signals from wi-fi networks around the country. The idea was to ...

June 21, 2010

Confidential data goes on the run from Kent police

by Darren Allan
Kent police is taking what the Information Commissioner's Office describes as “remedial action” after being found in breach of the Data Protection Act. This is after confidential documents containing personal information were stolen from the boot of an officer's car, after it had been parked overnight at his (or her) house. Fortunately for the police, the documents were found by ...

June 4, 2010

ICO doesn’t penalise Welsh medical practice for data breach

by Darren Allan
Where councils and the NHS are concerned, data losses seem to be as much a part of the daily routine as the morning coffee break, and afternoon gossip around the water cooler. The latest security faux-pas has occurred at a Lampeter based medical practice, where the details of 8,000 patients have gone astray on an unencrypted memory stick. Said stick ...

May 31, 2010

ICO data breach reports exceed 1,000

by Darren Allan
The ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) has now received in excess of 1,000 reports of data breaches. You know, the sort of affairs usually involving a council, a dopey employee and an unencrypted USB stick being lost at a local garden centre or somewhere equally improbable. Although it isn't councils across Britain, but the NHS which is the worst offender when ...

March 24, 2010

Imperva say ICO penalties focus too much on disclosure

by Janet Harris
On April 6, the ballgame for data security in the UK changes because, as from that date, the Information Commissioners' Office (ICO) has the power to fine organisations up to 500,000 pounds - up from 5,000 pounds previously - for serious data leaks or losses. According to Amichai Shulman, chief technology officer with data security specialist Imperva, the critical element in ...

January 13, 2010

£500,000 security breach fines to become law

by Darren Allan
Companies that allow clients data to become lost or compromised could be fined up to £500,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). This new law will officially become enforceable come April 2010, unless Parliament objects to it before then. Any serious breach of the Data Protection Act could incur a fine, the size of which will be determined by a ...

June 22, 2009

Parcelforce blunder blamed on inadequate auditing

by David Masters
Parcelforce's recent leak of customer records has been blamed on inadequate security testing of the delivery firm's website. The BBC last week revealed that Parcelforce's customers entering their parcel tracking number online were given access to the delivery details of other customers, including names, addresses, and postcodes. The leak put Parcelforce at risk of breaching data protection laws. Fortify Software, an application vulnerability ...