As part of the UK data protection authority’s new three-year strategy (ICO25), launched on 14 July, UK Information Commissioner John Edwards announced an investigation into the use of AI systems in recruitment. The investigation will have a particular focus on the potential for bias and discrimination stemming from the algorithms and training data
Ransomware and DDoS attacks are costly to organisations that fall victim in terms of reputational damage, picking up the pieces as well as potential enforcement from the ICO and compensation claims by data subjects.…
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The ICO has created an information hub for organisations and individuals with guidance on how to tackle data protection issues in their response to COVID-19. The ICO’s main message is that the data protection law will not stop organisations in responding to the crisis.
The hub contains several sections dedicated to organisations, individuals concerned about their personal data, community groups assisting the vulnerable, and healthcare professionals.
In a section dedicated to data controllers, the ICO has published responses to FAQs reflecting the questions its helpline has received in the past few weeks, including guidance on the following:…
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Virgin Media is reportedly one of the latest UK companies to suffer a data security breach. On 5 March 2020, it published a statement on its website explaining that one of its databases had been accessed without Virgin Media’s authorisation, due to a configuration issue. It is reported that the database had been left unsecured since April 2019 and that it contained information about (approximately) 900,000 existing and potential customers. Virgin Media states that the compromised information was mostly limited to contact and product data and importantly, did not contain financial information or passwords.
The statement sets out a number of frequently asked questions, with easy to understand responses. The ICO and affected data subjects have been notified and the statement provides customers with information about possible scams and phishing attacks aimed at helping them to better protect themselves and be aware of the risks in a heightened risk environment, in light of the incident.
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An unhappy new year for Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores, as the ICO has issued owners DSG Retail Limited with a Monetary Penalty Notice of £500,000 for serious security failings involving Point of Sale (“POS”) terminals in stores. Although the incident was investigated and addressed under the pre-GDPR legislation, the fine represents the maximum available to the Commissioner, under the Data Protection Act 1998, who in her findings observed that “but for the statutory limitation on the amount, it would have been reasonable and proportionate to impose a higher penalty”. This decision is important for retailers, particularly on payment information. It is also helpful to understand the factors involved in the breach of security, and offers some insight as to the ICO’s assessment of “appropriate technical and organisational measures” which of course remain crucial requirements for the security of personal data under the GDPR.
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The ICO has published draft guidance (the “guidance”) on data subject access requests (“DSARs”), which updates the previous code of practice, last issued in 2017. This guidance takes into account the relevant provisions of the GDPR and UK Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA”). The ICO will be consulting on this draft guidance until 12 February…