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Data Protection has two types of organisations. The Data Controller is one with the responsibilities: they decide how personal data is processed, and so are subject to the eight Data Protection principles and all of the associated challenges, problems and heartaches. Even if they outsource an entire process like payroll or HR to a data […]

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LOLZ!

The Information Commissioner’s attempt to replace the previous “gold standard” FOI complaints handling with something slightly less rigorous was a good idea. I think the delays of Richard Thomas’s era were shameful, as regular readers of this blog will know (how are you both?). However, Graham flattered his predecessor. What was on offer was bronze […]

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Not now, Brian, we’re busy

Imagine that you are employed by a mobile phone network. Somebody working for a claims management firm approaches you, offering a large sum of money to steal the customer database, especially the mobile numbers. They want to send PPI claim text messages to all of the people on the list. You download the customer data, […]

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KLF Revisited*

On June 1st 2012, the Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust, Duncan Selbie, gave a statement about the threatened ICO Civil Monetary Penalty of £325,000 for a Data Protection breach involving the insecure disposal of hard drives by a subcontractor. In the statement, Mr Selbie said the following: “In a time of […]

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And now, a message from our sponsors

Last weekend, the media was full of stories featuring Richard Herman, who has come up with the remarkable wheeze of suing a company who made cold calls to him, charging them £10 a minute if they call. If you didn’t see Mr Herman on BBC Breakfast, hear him on Radio 4’s Today programme or Moneybox, […]

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Mother! Eat the Cookie! Eat It!

My favourite part of the Information Commissioner’s website is the blog, where a succession of ICO notables talk about how marvellous their particular corner of the business is. The enterprise appears to be modelled on the Opinion section of The Onion, and I look forward to each new instalment with childlike enthusiasm. I’m really hoping […]

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Revenge of the Nincompoop

With his charm, TOWIE tan and beaming smile, ageing smoothie Tony Blair increasingly resembles Lewis Archer, the character Nigel Havers played in Coronation Street. Ingratiating, suave but clearly with a huge amount of dodgy business in his past, Blair sidles up to us, offering a wonderful future. Unfortunately, like his fictional cousin, Blair’s past hangs […]

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Walk the walk

Chris Graham gave an impressive interview to the Guardian which is published today. It’s nice to see the Information Commissioner standing up for the principles of transparency and Freedom of Information in the face of what everyone can see is an establishment backlash. As the article says: “There are some very powerful voices saying it […]

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Wake up and smell the non-trivial data security incidents

You know what it’s like. You’re travelling home on three trains to complete a journey that would take half the time if only the trains went a sensible way. You’re too tired to do anything constructive, you’ve forgotten your Kindle but you’ve afraid to do nothing in case you doze off and miss the stop […]

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