For the purposes of the Data Protection Act the quick definition is data which identifies a living individual.
The Information Commissioners Office has put together a quick reference guide to help. Please click here to access the guide which will open in a new window.
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The European Commission has proposed new regulations that would limit the way companies track users on the internet.
Part of that plan would see the removal of website banners that provide disclaimers on cookie policies and instead have the user’s browser preferences automatically apply to each site they visit. In addition companies will need to get explicit consent from a user before being allowed to track their online activities.
If passed, the new rules will come into effect by May 2018.
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The ICO has issued a £60,000 fine to Boomerang Video Ltd after it suffered a cyber attack. An investigation by the ICO found the Berkshire-based company failed to take basic steps to stop its website being attacked.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoons has quite a fanbase in the UK, but the company has decided it’s safer to delete all its customer data than risk it being hacked.
Source: Wetherspoons decided it’s safer to delete customer data – Developer Tech
The rules are changing on data protection, if you want to find out more, Rob from Crimson Crab will be talking to Miles Hensen on 93.7 Express FM’s Business Programme at 7pm on Thursday 29th June 2017.
Many thanks to Reputation Advocate Lorna Jackson of Advance & Get Noticed for arranging this.
Melanie Dawes the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has sent a letter to owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England.
DCLG are offering, private owners of residential buildings an opportunity to test cladding on blocks over 18 metres high through arrangements put in place with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
These checks will be paid for by DCLG, and the information will be available to DCLG from BRE.
Where owners consider that they may have concerns about cladding on buildings over 18 metres high, there is a process to follow described in the letter.
DCLG have provided an email for enquiries: PRShousingchecks@communities.gsi.gov.uk
The letter and downloadable data return form are available here.
It is important to remember that we are only talking about third party personal data under the data protection rules.
If you are holding this as part of your responsibilities then you will need to comply with the Data Protection Act until May 2018 and the GDPR thereafter.
You need to think carefully about the storage and disposal of personal data.
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