The Information Commissioner’s Office has, on 20 July 2018, published its annual report for the 12 months to 31 March 2018. Its highlights include the following:
- New laws and high profile investigations have helped put data protection and privacy at the centre of the UK public’s consciousness like never before, (the Information Commissioner says).
- A significant increase in data protection complaints (up 15%), self-reported breaches (up 30%) and freedom of information complaints (up 5%).
- The largest number and amount of civil monetary penalties in the ICO’s history. This included 26 penalties totalling £3.28m for breaches of electronic marketing laws relating to nuisance calls and spam text messages, along with 10 enforcement notices and the execution of three search warrants.
- The ICO issued 11 fines totalling £1.29million for serious security failures under the Data Protection Act 1998, a further 11 fines to charities totalling £138,000 for unlawfully processing personal data and an £80,000 fine issued to a data broking organisation.
This was, of course, the period leading up to the GDPR coming into force.
And if you thought it was safe to come out from behind the sofa after the frantic activity on GDPR, we will soon be bringing you a series of items on the next big thing in data privacy, the new e-Privacy Regulation!
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