, Charities on ICO radar – 32 charities visited

Let them use their own devices? Home working and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in focus

Checking work emails; updating work documents; accessing work files: are your staff in the 47% of employees who, in a YouGov Survey, said they used their own personal smartphone, tablet PC or other portable device for work purposes? A recent fine and an undertaking highlight how being unaware of the risks posed by staff using …

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New guidance on Confidentiality in Health and Social Care

The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have published new guidance on confidentiality in health and social care. This guidance is for health and social care bodies and ‘anyone working with them to provide services or care’ who provide ‘publicly funded health or adult social care activities.’ It is published under the HSCIC’s statutory powers; …

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Protecture at the 12th Annual Data Protection Compliance Conference

  It was great to meet so many fellow data protection enthusiasts at the PDP Data Protection Conference yesterday (10th September). Of all the messages coming out of the conference, three stuck with me: (1) Data Protection is no longer relegated to the sidelines – it is now a mainstream issue. (2) Data Protection is an …

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Data Protection Policy ‘required by law’ in academies

For those of you who did not already know, the Department for Education’s list of “Policies and other documents that Governing Bodies are required to have by law” confirms that a Data Protectio n Policy is a necessity for all Academies. Data Protection Policy is recorded on page three under ‘Statutory policies required by other …

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ICO reminds student of their rights

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded A-level and GCSE students of their right to see details of how their exams were marked. Under the Data Protection Act students can ask to see information including: A breakdown of their marks Examiner’s comments Minutes of examination appeals panels The ICO provides students with An exam results …

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Faxes – the facts

Many organisations still use fax machines to share both personal and sensitive personal information on a regular (often daily) basis. Last month, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust received £55,000 fine for misdirecting three faxes. This provides a timely opportunity to quickly review the three ‘fax fines’ and shed light on what to consider when …

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Charities on ICO radar – 32 charities visited

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) occupies two roles: alongside their powers to enforce compliance and fine organisations for serious breaches of data protection (their ‘stick’ role) they offer informal visits to review how organisations are handling personal information and publish helpful summaries for others to note and use (their ‘carrot’ role). The ICO has published …

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