Charity letters

I have written a lot recently about the issue of charities and marketing, and especially as I have another post on the boil concerning the same issues, I had intended to keep my head down for a few weeks and talk about something else (or even, as a friend suggested to me today, nothing at all). […]

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License to share?

Last month, I renewed my car tax disc. I am certain that Francis Maude and the Cabinet Office will be thrilled beyond measure to learn that I did it online. During the process there were some tick boxes, one which stated the following:  The email address and/or mobile number supplied by you, may also be used […]

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Out of control

Heralded by an annoying quiz that seemed to bamboozle everyone who tried it (and which has mysteriously vanished from the website *UPDATE* it can be found here), the ICO has issued new guidance on data processors. It is called, with admirable brevity, ‘Data controllers and data processors: what the difference is and what the governance implications […]

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TELLING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INCIDENT AND A BREACH

A handy guide for data protection regulators. 1) You are being asked about an eye-catching incident that is making the headlines, but which you have not investigated in any way. Is this: a) AN INCIDENT b) A BREACH 2) You have investigated an incident, and identified a specific principle that has not been properly complied […]

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Tick here to confirm you haven’t read this

Every now and again, I have an argument on Twitter with Eduardo Ustaran, Head of Privacy and Information Law at everyone’s favourite law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse (for some reason, I can hear John Williams’ ‘Imperial March’ playing somewhere). Ustaran believes consent is unsuited to the world that we’re living in now, and that for privacy laws to work […]

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Red tape

Dark times on the Wirral, as confidential memos about web filtering fly around, suggesting skullduggery on the corridors of Council power. The headlines are remarkable: “Confidential memo tells shocked Wirral councillors their emails are being read by town hall bosses“, which would be quite a thing if it was true. Following the receipt of offensive emails about Hillsborough, […]

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Dangerous Liaisons

“We found this meeting to be productive and are pleased with the level of cooperation between our respective organisations” Letter from David Evans, Strategic Liaison, Information Commissioner’s Office, to Christine Outram, Director of Strategic Intelligence, NHS England, 26 September 2013   As the care.data leaflet arrived in people’s homes in January, the ICO published a blog […]

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Sweet Charity

Two stories involving charities caught my eye this week because both seemed to indicate a belief that the normal rules should not apply to charities. The first is a bit of a puzzler – naturally one might sympathise with the environmental campaign group Global Witness, who are mired in a court case over their use […]

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“Appalling”

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has just received a Civil Monetary Penalty of £200,000 for breaching the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act. A hacker, intent on vandalising the BPAS website, discovered a vulnerability in its coding. The details of thousands of women who had requested a call back about BPAS’ various abortion and […]

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