The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been busy in the last week:
· Serving enforcement notices on SAS Fire & Security Systems Ltd and Direct Response Security Systems Ltd following their breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) by making unsolicited marketing calls
· Finding Zurich Insurance plc in breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA) after it lost an unencrypted back-up tape containing financial personal information belonging to 46,000 policy holders of the Zurich Insurance Group.
· Urging the police to do more to make information rights a reality for the public following a study by the ICO which found that almost 30% of police forces and police authorities are not following an approved publication scheme as required by the Freedom of Information Act to proactively release information
Who will be named and shamed next ? Organisations need to take steps to get their house in order before a security breach or ICO investigation occurs and your name is dragged through the press. Contact us for more information on how we can carry out a health check of your data protection policies and procedures. We would be delighted to help!