Tag: Information Commissioners Office

It is all in the detail

You might have seen the headline. The Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police had been taken to task by the ICO, and had been required to sign an undertaking to improve the force’s data security. Most would not have read further, despite the illicit enjoyment of a CC being disciplined. However, there’s much in the … READ MORE »

Data protection: what goes wrong

You might think that any charges brought by the ICO against a large companies would be rather too esoteric for an email marketing company. After all, it must be a technical infringement. However, it would seem that they, like us, make basic errors.  A study of the ICO’s actions shows that even institutions such as … READ MORE »

Right to be forgotten

It is probable that the General Data Protection Regulations will become law later this year and the implications for email marketing are quite wide, although by no means difficult to comply with. A few weeks ago we covered how the GDPR effects big data. The popular media have picked up on a different aspect of … READ MORE »

The impact of the right to be forgotten

There has been a lot of coverage in the press and TV news lately on what they suggest is the new ‘right to be forgotten’, or more correctly the right to erasure of personal data. We’ll stick with RTBF for this article.  Despite most outlets focusing on the implications for social media, not only in … READ MORE »

Email marketing list attacked by ransomware

Recently we went through ways you can protect yourself from cyber attacks, particularly with regards to ransomware. There is a well known, and rather depressing aphorism that goes: A fence keep out only those who don’t really want to get in. In other words, regardless of what you do you still might be attacked. The … READ MORE »

Protecting your email marketing lists

Gloucester City Council (the Council) was hacked by, it is reported, Anonymous. It was fined by the ICO a not inconsiderable £100,000. This seems a bit like blaming a victim. Such a fine would be enough to cripple many companies. However, it is not quite as simple as it first appeares. The Data Protection Act … READ MORE »

Email marketing lists & Ransomware

You might have seen in newspapers or perhaps trade magazines that ransomware is an increasing problem that threatens every company. For once the alarm is not hyped. It is something that only the foolish would ignore. Part of the reason for the recent press coverage is that the ICO has recently published a blog and … READ MORE »

Being held to ransom

Email marketing is particularly vulnerable to ransomware attacks and, to make matters worse, it is one of the few IT problems where tabloid journalism has got the fear factor just about right. It is scary. The process behind ransomware is simple enough. A bit of software encrypts files on local and often networked computers. The … READ MORE »

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 »

Can I help you, sir?

There are any number of prosecutions for data law infringement, some of which show a cavalier attitude to regulations. When reading the decisions of courts it does seem that the offending company was asking for it. On some others there is the feeling of, ‘It could have been me.’ If you have a healthy email … READ MORE »

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