A poor lookout

I doubt I will ever wholly approve of anyone in the role of Information Commissioner until the Ministry of Justice comes to its senses and gives the job to me. However, I have always much preferred the verve and acerbity of Christopher Graham to the overcautious lawyerly approach of his predecessor, Richard Thomas. I don’t […]

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Think of a number

On Friday, DataGuidance (“the global data protection and privacy compliance solution”) published research headlined ‘Total fines imposed on private sector outstrip public sector‘. They also claimed that the level of fines against private sector organisations has increased year on year: the private sector CMPs amounted to 50.7% of the total, compared to 20.5% in 2012 […]

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Keeping Mum

I am not a great admirer of Mr John Hemming MP. I don’t know if it’s his show-off turns in the House of Commons to defend a woman who falsely accused her husband of being a paedophile or to breach super-injunctions involving other people’s personal lives. It could be his hysterical depiction of the recent […]

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Down these mean streets a man must go

Especially given my last blog accused the Information Commissioner’s Office of incompetence, it’s nice to be able to celebrate an aspect of their work. Yesterday, the directors of ICU Investigations (geddit?) and the company itself were convicted of blagging data from a variety of organisations, for a variety of organisations. If you’re expecting me to […]

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Goodbye Silver Service, Say Hello to Lead

The Information Commissioner has two powers to make FOI and the EIRs work, and a backup power to facilitate the other two. They’re found in FOI but apply to both. Under Section 50, the Commissioner can resolve a complaint about an individual FOI / EIR complaint by issuing a Decision Notice, which determines whether the […]

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A little local difficulty

A very long time ago – long enough that I should have long since stopped mentioning it – I worked at the Information Commissioner’s Office. My time there was relatively undistinguished and I left as soon as I saw a better paid DP / FOI job in local government (yes, That Means I Am Biased […]

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Yes, we have no bananas

Earlier in the year, I made an FOI request to the Metropolitan Police about their proposed purchase of data from IPSOS Mori. It took months for the Met to provide a somewhat unsatisfactory response; so long in fact, that I ended up complaining to the Information Commissioner’s Office about the delay. Shortly after my complaint […]

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The Yellow Peril

A few months ago, I blogged about a session of the House of Common’s Culture Media and Sport Committee where the Chief Executive of Which? talked a bit of nonsense about unsolicited calls. Not to be outdone, the MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw decided to indulge in a bit of (reported) hogwash of his own. […]

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I see dead people

Before 2010, the ICO operated a brisk production line of undertakings to tackle the self-reported security breaches that came in the wake of the HMRC lost discs fiasco. Now they have the power to issue civil monetary penalties, the production line keeps humming. The obsession with security is such that even CMPs like the ones […]

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