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  • Audits, health-checks & risk analysis
  • Compliance support
  • Policy-checking & authoring
  • Advice & support
  • Development & training.

Of course, there are other benefits, too:

  • You can breathe a big sigh of relief
  • You may not need to employ your own people to look after data protection
  • There are genuine business benefits in getting your data protection right.
   
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Private housing group sends personal data to wrong email address

19 October 2011—A private housing group based in Dorset breached the Data Protection Act by sending the personal data of 200 employees to the wrong email address. The ICO found that, at the time of the incident, the organisation did not have an adequate policy in place to help prevent such incidents and has ordered the company to take action. Read full story…

Compulsory audits are on the cards

13 October 2011—The ICO has said powers are needed to conduct compulsory data protection audits in local government, the health service and the private sector, because the ICO is being blocked from auditing organisations in sectors which are causing concern over their handling of personal information. At present, only central government departments are subject to compulsory data protection audits. Read full story…

Responsibility for third parties' actions

4 August 2011—Two London housing bodies (Lewisham Homes and Wandle Housing Association) have breached the Data Protection Act because details relating to thousands of their tenants were discovered on an unencrypted memory stick, belonging to a contractor, were left in a pub. It contained details of over 26,000 tenants and almost 800 people's bank account details.

One year to comply with new cookies law

25 May 2011—Organisations with websites aimed at UK consumers have up to 12 months to ‘get their house in order’ before enforcement of the new EU cookies law begins. The government has revised the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which come into force in the UK on 26 May, to address new EU requirements. The Regulations make clear that UK businesses and organisations running websites in the UK need to get consent from visitors to their websites in order to store cookies on users’ computers. Read full story...

 
       
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