Pretending to be your friend and urging you to take out a payday loan so you can go live it up is both immoral and illegal, the ICO says.
Aberdeen City Council has been hit with a £100,000 fine after an employee took sensitive files home and accidentally uploaded them to a public website.
The data included information on vulnerable children and details of alleged crimes.
The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced that the majority of data breaches in the first quarter of 2013 were due to carelessness in the way that the information was handled.
Sony has thrown in the towel on its appeal of a £250,000 fine ($377,500) imposed after its PlayStation Network was hacked in April 2011, losing data such as names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth and account passwords of millions of users.
Since 2011, data security company ViaSat UK has spiced up the Infosecurity Europe conference by filing a Freedom of Information request for data breach statistics.
In previous years they've fallen out with the regulators over the matter, but things turned out better in 2013...
"There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better," says ICO director.
How many headlines do there have to be before companies take data security more seriously?
The UK information commissioner has for the first time used its shut-the-hell-up powers to quash the annoyance that is spam text messaging, having fined two men nearly half a million pounds. More such investigations are in the works, the ICO promised.
The UK Information Commissioner's Office in the UK recently fined the Greater Manchester Police £150,000 for a data breach.
The problem boiled down to an unencrypted USB key stolen from an officers's home.
Google has admitted that it still has some Street View data that the UK Information Commissioner's Office told it to get rid of in 2010.
Britain's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has discovered that more than one in every ten second hand hard drives contains recoverable personal information of the original owner.
A new Bill wants to protect children by requiring all users to opt-in if they want to access porn. This would create a system of censorship by default. Is this necessary when parents already have access to porn-management tools?
Turns out that password protection just ain't enough anymore. Councils need to encrypt laptops as well, and this was an expensive lesson for UK councils Ealing and Hounslow to learn. Question is: who benefits from these fines?
Companies warned that they must wake up to the importance of encrypting their laptops.
ICO issues first fines to British organisations being sloppy with sensitive information, and breaching the Data Protection Act.
If you run a business in the UK then there's even more reason, from today, to keep a close eye on the records you store about your customers. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been granted new powers by the Read more…
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is arguing in the British media that company board members need to wake up to the issues of securing personal information or risk substantial fines. The warning comes as it was revealed that a laptop Read more…