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Carl Wiper

Seven things you should know about the ICO’s big data report

28 July 2014 

Big data is a hot topic at the moment, with businesses, scientists and governments all keen to see what benefits it can offer. But big data is not a game that is played by different rules. If it involves personal data, you need to follow the Data Protection Act... [continue reading on WordPress]

Andrew Paterson

Wearable technology – the future of privacy

26 June 2014 

Not so long ago, the collection of personal information by body worn devices was limited to trials in specific police departments, and others that could afford the specialist equipment. However, recent progress in hardware means... [continue reading on WordPress]

Thomas Oppé

ICO clarifies rules on charging for access to environmental information

25 June 2014 

While the Environmental Information Regulations do not prompt as many enquiries to the ICO as the Freedom of Information Act, there are still parts of the regulations that require clarification and case law is still emerging ... [continue reading on WordPress]

Steve Eckersley

International study looks at phone app privacy

29 May 2014 

When we published our data protection guidance for app developers just before Christmas, I was shocked to see that half the people surveyed about apps had decided not to download one due to privacy concerns... [continue reading on WordPress]

Christopher Graham

'eBay attack is ‘wake-up call to all of us’

23 May 2014

On Wednesday, eBay wrote to us to tell us they believed a cyberattack had compromised a database of customer information. We’re actively looking at this situation, with a view to launching a formal investigation. On the face of it... [continue reading on WordPress]

David Smith

Four things we’ve learned from the EU Google judgment 

20 May 2014 

The Court of Justice of the European Union grabbed headlines last week when it ruled in favour of a man who wanted Google to remove information about him from its search results. Here, we reflect on what we’ve learned from ... [continue reading on WordPress]

Jonathan Bamford

New technologies mean new CCTV code

20 May 2014

It’s fair to say that 2000, when we first published our guidance on CCTV, feels like a very long time ago. Back then, what we meant by CCTV needed little explanation, immediately conjuring up thoughts of video cameras on poles … [continue reading on WordPress]

Simon Entwisle

Nuisance calls and texts: big-name brands can be to blame

19 May 2014 

A year ago I wrote about the top five myths of unwanted marketing calls and texts. If I was writing that list again today, I think there’d be a worthy contender to be the ‘sixth myth’: that a small minority of rogue companies are behind the calls ... [continue reading on WordPress]

Simon Rice

SQL injection - what is it and what does it mean for you?

15 May 2014

There is barely a week that goes by without another website being the subject of a targeted attack. Some make the headlines, but many do not. Often these attacks result in the personal information of thousands of people being compromised ... [continue reading on WordPress]

Password storage - why it’s not as simple as 123…

14 May 2014

Sadly, the most commonly used passwords continue to be ‘123456’ and ‘password’. While individuals have a clear role to play in using sensible passwords and not repeating their use across all websites, as an organisation there are still steps ... [continue reading on WordPress]

Heartbleed and the importance of encrypting internet traffic

13 May 2014

Many of you will have heard of the security flaw which came to be known as Heartbleed. The flaw effectively allowed individuals with the right know-how to access the information being exchanged between individuals and some websites that were ... [continue reading on WordPress]

Why today’s IT security report is a must read for all

12 May 2014

Do you know your SSL from your TLS? Or what SQL injection is? The chances are that some of you won’t, but increasingly it’s these types of security issues that data protection officers and senior managers must have some understanding of in order to keep their systems secure. ... [continue reading on WordPress]






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