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20th July – The ICO have issued their annual report for 2017- 2018.  It reveals that there has been increased public awareness of privacy and information rights, mainly due to new laws and high profile investigations. A summary can be found here and the report itself can be viewed here:

18th July – The Independent inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office after sending a bulk email that identified potential victims of child sexual abuse. The Inquiry did not keep confidential and sensitive personal information secure which is a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. For more information see:

10th July – The Information Commissioner publishes a detailed update of her office’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns. Back in March 2017, the ICO began investigations looking into whether personal data had been misused by campaigns on both sides of the referendum on membership of the EU. In May it then began investigating political parties, data analytics companies and major social platforms. The progress report issued gives details of some of the organisations and individuals being investigated and includes information about the ICO’s intention to fine Facebook £500,000 for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. For more details see:

6th July – A South Wales firm has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner for allowing its lined to be used to send a total of 274,423 unsolicited text messages promoting pay day loans to more than 270,000 people without their consent. For more details see:

3rd July – A company that operates CCTV systems in buildings across Sheffield, broke data protection laws by failing to register with the ICO and failed to comply with an Information Notice was prosecuted. They were fined £2000 for failing to comply with an Information Notice under s47 of the Data Protection Act 1998 and were also fined £2500 for processing personal data electronically without having notified when required to do so, under s17 of the Data Protection Act 1998. For more details see:

28th June – The ICO takes enforcement action against two companies behind more than 55,000 nuisance telephone calls. Both companies received enforcement notices ordering them to stop their illegal marketing activity. One of the businesses was also fined £70,000 for making 55,534 unsolicited marketing calls to people who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service and had not consented to being contacted by the company. For more detail see:

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