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The ICO is committed to raising awareness of data protection and freedom of information rights, and to encouraging good practice. Our archive goes back to 2010.


Statement: ICO enquiries into Virgin Media email

17 April 2014
The ICO has received a number of calls today from people concerned about an email recently sent out by Virgin Media. The email appears to allow individuals to reply to all of the other customers who received the same email by clicking on the ‘reply all’ response.

Sensitive social services records lost after being left on family’s doorstep

15 April 2014
An investigation by the ICO has ruled that a council in Berkshire breached the Data Protection Act after sensitive social services records relating to the care of a young child were lost.

Merseyside council agrees to improve practices after social service records sent to the wrong address

15 April 2014
A council in Merseyside breached the Data Protection Act after social services records containing sensitive personal information were sent to the wrong addresses on two occasions.

Home improvement company receives £50,000 fine for hundreds of unlawful calls

3 April 2014
The ICO has served home improvement company, Amber Windows, with a £50,000 fine after an investigation discovered they had made unsolicited marketing calls to people who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Corporate plan targets better data protection results

26 March 2014
The ICO launches its latest corporate plan today, with the Information Commissioner promising a fresh approach to the handling of issues raised by the public around data protection concerns.

Disclosure and Barring Service error leads to unnecessary disclosure of sensitive information

20 March 2014
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ruled that the Disclosure and Barring Service breached the Data Protection Act after failing to stop the collection of information about low level convictions that was no longer required for employment checks.

Kent Police fined £100,000 after interview tapes abandoned at former station

19 March 2014
The Information Commissioner’s Office has served a monetary penalty of £100,000 on Kent Police after confidential information, including copies of police interview tapes, was left in the basement of a former police station.

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