|Director’s liability – new plans for nuisance call directors to face fines|
Commenting on the new plans around director liability, Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner (Policy), said:
”We welcome these proposals from the Government to make directors themselves responsible for nuisance marketing. We have been calling for a change to the law for a while to deter those who deliberately set out to disrupt people with troublesome calls, texts and emails. These proposed changes will increase the tools we have to protect the public.”
Statement in response to Which? report on consumer data
Steve Wood, also responded to the launch of a report by Which?called “Control, Alt or Delete? The future of consumer data”, calling it “a timely and valuable contribution to the debate on data protection, privacy and the digital economy”.
The Deputy Commissioner (Policy) said: “As consumers, sharing data safely and efficiently can make our lives easier, but that digital trail is valuable so it’s important that it stays safe and is only used in ways that we would expect and can control.”
Beyond 2018 – data protection laws built to last
In her latest blog, Elizabeth Denham welcomed the new Data Protection Act 2018.
The Information Commissioner said: “It’s an evolutionary process for organisations – no business, industry sector or technology stands still. Organisations must continue to identify and address emerging privacy and security risks in the weeks, months and years beyond 2018.”
Raising the bar – consent under GDPR
Steve Wood continued our series of blogs tackling GDPR myths, busting the myth that organisations have to get fresh consent from all their customers to comply with the GDPR.
He said: “Scaremongering about consent still persists but the headlines often lack context or understanding about all the different lawful bases organisations could use for processing personal information under the GDPR.”
ICO consults on how it will use increased powers under upcoming data protection reform
James Dipple-Johnstone, Deputy Commissioner (Operations), introduced our updated Regulatory Action Policy, currently out for consultation. As well as setting out the objectives that will guide the ICO as we take regulatory action, it presents our new powers and explains how we aim to use them.
Our draft Regulatory Action Policy is now available to view, and we are inviting comments until 28 June through our public consultation.
Action we’re taking against nuisance marketing
There were 8,454 nuisance marketing concerns reported to the ICO in April 2018 – an increase of 11% compared with March. We issued five monetary penalties in the same period.
Read our nuisance calls and messages trends report in full here.
Our privacy notice
We have published our new privacy notice, telling you what to expect us to do with your personal information when you make contact with us or use one of our services.
This notice is layered. So, if you wish, you can easily select the reason we process your personal information and see what we do with it. Organisations can use this notice as a template to create their own, and we have also produced a video and an infographic to go along with the notice. Our guidance on the right to be informedalso provides information on creating privacy notices.