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ICO fines pregnancy advice charity BPAS £200,000 following data breach

ICO fines pregnancy advice charity £200,000 for breaching data protection laws

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service charity suffered a data breach back in 2012. Now the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ruled that the charity fell foul of data protection laws when it failed to realise that its own website was storing personal information.

UK payday loan spammers fined £175K for "Hi, Mate!" texts

UK payday loan spammers fined £175K for Hi, Mate! texts

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.

Leak of kids' social services info earns Aberdeen City Council £100k fine

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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.

Data breaches - over half are due to carelessness, says ICO

Data breaches - over half are due to carelessness, says ICO

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.

London says media company's spying rubbish bins stink

London says Renew's spying bins stink

The rubbish and recycling bins, from the company Renew, were set up to record people's smartphones, and thereby their movements and habits, as they walked by.

Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

Game over - Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

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.

How effective are data breach penalties? Are ever-bigger fines enough?

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...

Sony fined £250,000 after hackers gained access to millions of gamers' details

Sony fined £250,000 after hackers gained access to millions of gamers' details

"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?

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

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.

Manchester police pay off £150,000 fine for unencrypted USB key

Manchester police pay off £150,000 fine for unencrypted USB key

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 in trouble with UK ICO over Street View data - again

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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.

11% of second hand hard drives contain personal information, study reveals

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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.

New Bill in the UK wants internet to be censored from porn by default

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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?

A new cookie recipe: The International Chamber of Commerce UK Cookie Guide

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As of next month, the ICO will be enforcing new(ish) rules on cookies and consent, but is the business world ready? And if not, will the International Chamber of Commerce's UK Cookie Guide provide the tools to help them comply?

UK councils fined £150,000 for data loss, but who gets the cash?

UK councils fined £150,000 for data loss, but who gets the cash?

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?

Lost laptop leads to first Data Protection Act fine for UK firm

Lost laptop leads to first Data Protection Act fine for UK firm

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.

UK firms face £500,000 fine for losing data

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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…

ICO warns of tougher penalties for future data leaks

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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…