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Global survey finds 85% of mobile apps fail to provide basic privacy information

10 September 2014
A survey of over 1,200 mobile apps by 26 privacy regulators from across the world has shown that a high number of apps are accessing large amounts of personal information without adequately explaining how people’s information is being used.

‘Leaving for a new job? Don’t walk off with personal information’ warns ICO

9 September
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning employees that walking off with the personal information of their employer when changing jobs is a criminal offence.

Isle of Scilly Council ordered to review procedures following data incidents

9 September 2014
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered the Council of the Isle of Scilly to implement new data protection policies and training after two data breaches involving the disclosure of personal data.

 ICO orders Welsh direct marketing company to stop making nuisance calls

3 September 2014
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served Camarthen-based direct marketing company Winchester and Deakin Limited (also trading as Rapid Legal and Scarlet Reclaim) with an enforcement notice ordering them to stop making nuisance calls.

Racing Post pulls up short on IT security - Over 600,000 accounts compromised during online attack

28 August 2014
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning businesses that they must be prepared for a targeted attack. The warning comes as the Racing Post signs a commitment to improve its IT security practices after 677,335 accounts were compromised during a data breach in October 2013.

Local authorities audit report: “areas of good practice, but clear room for improvement by all”

26 August 2014
A report published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) today has highlighted ‘clear room for improvement’ in how local authorities comply with the Data Protection Act.

Repeated security failings lead to £180,000 fine for Ministry of Justice

26 August 2014
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served a £180,000 penalty on the Ministry of Justice over serious failings in the way prisons in England and Wales have been handling people’s information.

Birmingham banker fined for reading colleagues bank accounts

22 August 2014
A Birmingham banker has been fined after he admitted reading his colleagues bank accounts. The banker worked in Santander UK’s suspicious activity reporting unit at their Leicester office.

Students have a right to see how their A levels and GCSEs were marked

13 August 2014
Ahead of results day the ICO has reminded A-level and GCSE students of their right to see details of how their exams were marked.

Estate agent data breach leaves customers open to ID theft

11 August 2014
The ICO has taken action after a London estate agent continued to leave papers containing personal information on the street despite a previous warning.

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