Tag: ICO

Free offer

Email marketing is awash with free offers although they are used for what is always a selfish purpose: links, leads and subscribers. When the Information Commissioner’s Office says they will do something for us without charge, you might be a bit suspicious. The ICO has developed over time, and under their progressive new head it … 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 »

What happened with data in 2016?

2016 was a turbulent time for email marketing although perhaps not as concerning as the pundits suggested it would be. We went from tragedy to, at worst, tragedy put of. Brexit terms are unlikely to be settled for some time and uncertainty is the enemy of commerce. We have had suggestions, promises and pointers, but … READ MORE »

Keeping your email marketing lists safe

Given the recent developments with regards to the Brexit, the report by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online (PPDO) might have slipped under your radar. Thankfully, it is a concise report, despite its 17 recommendations. We won’t go through them all here but will … READ MORE »

The fall-out from TalkTalk’s hack

As exciting titles go, House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online Report (PPDO) is not one of the snappiest. We’ll stick with (PPDO). What with Brexit concerns, it might well have passed you by. Yet it deals with a significant threat to those who store personal data, … 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 »

Privacy by Design, the new essential

If you retain email marketing lists the General Data Protection Regulations will have a substantial impact on the way you do business. Whilst the two years until implementation is comforting, what must be accepted is that planning needs to start now. One of the key tools in this process is Privacy by Design. I’m unable … 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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