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Barrister prosecuted for failing to notify

28 November 2011—A London barrister has been prosecuted by the ICO for failing to notify under section 17 of the Data Protection Act. Jeanette Hayne pleaded guilty at the hearing on 28 November 2012. The magistrate warned that those whose profession is to prosecute people for failing to comply with the law must meet their legal obligations.

Advocate’s legal files lost after unencrypted laptop theft

16 November 2011—A Scottish advocate breached the Data Protection Act after failing to encrypt a laptop containing sensitive personal data which was later stolen. It contained personal data relating to a number of individuals involved in eight court cases, including some details relating to physical and mental health. The advocate only escaped a fine because the incident took place before the ICO was empowered to serve a financial penalty. Failure to protect personal information is not just about the threat of a penalty of up to £500,000—it could affect their careers and court proceedings. 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…

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...


Former ACS Law boss fined for lax IT security

10 May 2011—The owner of former solicitors firm ACS Law has been served with a £1,000 fine for failing to keep sensitive personal information relating to around 6,000 people secure, but the amount would have been £200,000 if firm was still trading. The ICO said that sensitive personal details of thousands of people were made available for download to a worldwide audience, and the case proves that a company’s failure to keep information secure can have disastrous consequences. As Mr Crossley was a sole trader, it fell on the individual to pay the fine. Read full story...

 
       
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