Latest Information Commissioner Stories

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...

2010-01-28 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...

2009-03-24 13:05:47

The Information Commissioner (ICO) has issued a formal complaint over Google's Street View service, which has been the subject of numerous privacy and safety concerns in the last few weeks, BBC News reported. Privacy International (PI), a lobby group, has cited more than 200 reports from members of the public who have been identified by Street View, asking the service to shut down while the ICO investigations continue. Google said, however, that the ICO had repeatedly supported Street View's...

2008-03-18 15:00:00

Britain's Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) has argued in an open letter that the online advertising system Phorm is illegal, claiming it violates the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) that protects users from unlawful interception of information.However, both Phorm and BT have said the technology is not in violation of any UK laws.  And indeed many companies, such as BT, Talk Talk and Virgin, have signed on to use Phorm, which targets advertisements to...

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