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Time to pay up! The new registration fees for data controllers

The Information Commissioners Office is the UK’s independent body uphold information rights in the public interest, covering data protection legislation including the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and of course the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The ICO’s data protection work is currently funded through fees levied on organisations processing personal data, unless they are exempt. This is done under powers granted in the Data Protection Act 1998. The funding model is changing slightly and in February, the Government announced a new charging structure for data controllers to ensure the continued...
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FCA’s Section 166 RBS GRG Report – ‘Rope: Sometimes you need to let customers hang themselves’

Following allegations that RBS had grossly mistreated its SME customers through its Global Restructuring Group (GRG), the Treasury committee has released the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) report under section 166 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. This decision has not been taken lightly. Usually, such reports are treated confidentially by the FCA. Despite reports that full disclosure of the report could lead to legal action from RBS managers, the government considered its findings so significant that its contents were undoubtedly in the public interest. The Background GRG was set up specifically to assist businesses struggling financially and return...
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Gender Pay Gap Reporting: Where do we go from here?

What is gender pay gap reporting? As  you will probably be aware, the recent obligations on all companies, charities and public sector bodies with 250 or more employees to report statistics on gender pay gaps within their organisation are now in force and more than 10,000 firms have now complied. Gender pay gap reporting is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate where gender pay differences are really happening and highlights where we need to take actions to improve. It gives us an indication of the differences in men and women’s working patterns i.e. part-time roles being predominantly female and the lack...
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Who's in charge and what do they do...?

For non-lawyers trying to navigate their way through the sea of information out there on the web relating to data protection, one thing that can be rather confusing is working out who is who in terms of authorities. In the field of data protection, there are a few key names you need to know. The Information Commissioner’s Office The Information Commissioner’s Office, or ICO, is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest and they have a variety of functions. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 every organisation that processes personal information has to...
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Consent – to renew or not to renew, that is the question….

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A frequently asked question is whether or not an organisation needs to seek fresh or renewed consent from clients or customers once GDPR is in force. Panic has spread as organisations realise that databases may have to be trawled through as consents are sought and recorded. To be clear – you are not required to automatically refresh all existing DPA consents in preparation for the GDPR. However, it is important to check your processes for gaining consent and records of consent gained to ensure that existing consents meet the higher bar set for consent by the GDPR. Recital 171 of...
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