Tag: Data Protection Act 1998

Big data is big for data protection

As titles go for an e-book the Information Commissioner’s Office have not gone for one that grabs the attention and instead just stuck with descriptive. Let’s face it, if you saw a book in Waterstones entitled; Big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data protection you probably wouldn’t pick it for holiday reading. At 114 … READ MORE »

The challenge of big data

As titles go for an e-book, the Information Commissioner’s Office has not gone for one that grabs the attention and instead just stuck with descriptive. Let’s face it, if you saw a book in Waterstones entitled; Big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data protection you probably wouldn’t pick it for holiday reading. At 114 … READ MORE »

10 working from home essentials

The security of your email marketing list is of paramount importance, not only in the business sense but with regards to fines and publicity should the worst happen. So allowing staff to work from home whilst having access to your database will be of concern. A policy is an essential.  Due to the variations in … READ MORE »

Home working policy

If you have staff who work from home, whether permanently, regularly or infrequently, you should have a written policy to which they must sign up to. You will also require a written policy for their immediate supervisor.  We will cover only the matters with regards to the security of data. Subjects such as Health and … READ MORE »

Ensuring compliance with home working

With the increase in demand for working from home comes headaches for the data protection officer. A recent case highlights the need for comprehensive policies to be in place for home working, and not just covering the worker themselves but their immediate supervisor.  In the case mentioned, the inquiry into the matter found the company, … READ MORE »

Home working and data protection

There was a recent case against a city council which allowed confidential data to be available to unauthorised people due to insufficient security of staff working from home, this against the Data Protection Act (DPA). Once it was aware of the security breach the council quickly secured it. It would appear that there was no … READ MORE »

What is ‘privacy by design’?

Privacy by design is an approach to projects that promotes privacy and data protection compliance from the start. Unfortunately, these issues are often bolted on as an after-thought or ignored altogether. Although this approach is not a requirement of the Data Protection Act, it will help organisations comply with their obligations under the legislation. The … READ MORE »

Look after your email lists

A fine of £130,000 would, you might expect, generate enough sympathy to leave some to spare.  The company suffering the fine was Pharmacy2U (PtU), the largest NHS-approved online UK pharmacy, following an investigation by the Daily Mail. The Information Commissioner’s Office could have gone up to £500,000 under S. 55 Data Protection Act and you … READ MORE »

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