Latest Information Commissioner's Office Stories

Sony Pays ICO Fine
2013-07-15 08:31:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sony has said they will not be appealing a $376,000 fine levied against them earlier this year by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The British organization tagged the company with this fine following 2011's attack on their PlayStation Network by members of the hacking group Anonymous. The attack on the network left some 70 million registered users unable to sign in to their accounts and exposed the information of...

UK Privacy Watchdog ICO Threatens Google
2013-07-05 11:43:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The battle over Google and their privacy policies continues in the UK and much of Europe as privacy watchdogs call the search giant out for the way they borrow data from each of their services. The Information Commissioner in the UK now says Google's privacy policies could be a breech of the Data Protection Act and has given them 11 weeks to address their complaints. Google uses one general privacy policy under which all of their...

Google Admits It Still Has Street View Data
2012-07-28 06:23:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In another eye-brow raising move, Google has admitted that it did not delete data it collected while unleashing its Street View service on the public. Google has been under scrutiny, particular in Europe and Australia, for how it went about collecting data from Wi-Fi networks as it cruised along streets, snapping photos of the streets and surroundings. The company agreed to delete the data after international pressure surrounded the...

2012-06-13 10:01:46

Google is under fire yet again for its controversial StreetView Mapping service, after Britain alleged it deliberately collected personal data while capturing images in the country, reports The Telegraph. The Internet search giant agreed to delete all the information it had inadvertently collected in November 2010, asserting to the Information Commissioner´s Office (ICO) that the collection of the data was a simple mistake. The ICO dropped an investigation into the matter after...

2011-04-17 07:07:15

The United Kingdom's government accepted European regulations on the use of web-tracking technology by businesses, but said it will not be enforced at the onset. The regulations are expected to be passed by the UK Parliament in time for the EU deadline May 25. However, businesses will not be required to obey the new rules, at least for a while, according to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Friday. A DCMS spokesman told ZDNet UK that the technical solutions aren't...

2011-03-08 13:40:00

European laws will dictate on May 25 that "explicit consent" must be gathered from Web users who are being tracked through text files known as "cookies." These files are widely used to help users navigate faster around sites they visit regularly. Businesses are being urged to sort out how they get consent so they can keep on using cookies. The European e-Privacy directive demanded the changes, which comes into force in the U.K. in late May. The section of the directive dealing with cookies...

2010-12-20 13:46:40

The personal data that Google Street View cars collected has been deleted in the U.K. The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) confirmed the deletion. The first batch of Wi-Fi data, which included snippets of e-mails, URLs and passwords, was deleted in November. However, legal wrangles in other countries meant that the remaining data took more time to erase. "We can confirm that the UK data has now been deleted, and that this has been independently certified," said Google. U.S....

2010-11-03 13:45:00

UK's information commissioner says that Google must promise to ensure data protection breaches are not repeated The UK information commissioner, Christopher Graham, said this week that Google committed a "significant breach" of the Data Protection Act when its Street View application collected personal data from Internet users. Graham said the company must sign an "undertaking to ensure data protection breaches do not happen again or it will face further enforcement action," according to The...

2010-07-30 05:48:32

According to the U.K.'s Information Commissioner Office (ICO), Google did not grab "significant" personal details when collecting data from wi-fi networks. The results came after the ICO reviewed some of the data Google scooped up from unsecured networks. Google said the data was "mistakenly" gathered while logging wi-fi hotspots to help its location-based services. The body said it would closely monitor other global investigations. Information about the gathering of personal data came to...

2010-01-28 12:30:00

The Information Commissioner's Office found that a university unit involved in a controversy over stolen e-mails on climate research breached rules by withholding data, BBC News reported. Messages hacked in November showed that requests under the Freedom of Information Act were "not dealt with as they should have been," officials said. However, experts say too much time has passed for action against the University of East Anglia, but the UEA says part of a probe into the case will consider...

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