UK Information Commissioner Busy in the Run Up to New £500K Fines!


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. Zurich has now signed an Undertaking to ensure appropriate data security procedures in relation to future movement of back-up tapes


·        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


·        Finding St Albans City and District Council to have breached the DPA following a stolen laptop and loss of postal voters records.

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!

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