This web page highlights protection of our work within the media, in addition to offering rebuttals and clarifications of articles and commentary the place needed.

Addressing privateness considerations on the usage of stay facial recognition know-how – 27 July 2022

Metropolis AM

Right here’s our assertion:

“Information safety legislation units a excessive bar for police forces, public authorities and companies to justify the usage of stay facial recognition (LFR) know-how and its algorithms in public locations. We’ve got defined in two separate Opinions the necessary knowledge safety requirements that organisations should observe earlier than and through the usage of LFR.

“As with every new know-how, it’s essential that individuals’s privateness is on the coronary heart of any selections to deploy LFR so public belief and confidence usually are not misplaced.

“We’re assessing the compliance of a small variety of personal firms who’ve used, or are at the moment utilizing, stay facial recognition know-how. Facewatch is amongst the organisations into account. We may also assess the data offered by Massive Brother Watch.”

You’ll be able to learn our steering on the usage of LFR by legislation enforcement companies and different organisations and companies right here:




ICO25: empowering folks by way of data – 15 July 2022

The ICO’s three 12 months strategic plan, launched at an occasion in London on 14 July 2002, was lined by numerous retailers together with: BBC Radio 4 As we speak programme, PA Media, the Day by day Telegraph, the Guardian

The plan obtained help from numerous stakeholders on social media together with: Ofsted, techUK, Federation of Small Companies, Marketing campaign for Freedom of Data and UK Finance.

John Edwards, UK Data Commissioner stated:

“My most necessary goal is to safeguard and empower folks, by upholding their data rights. Empowering folks to confidently share their data to make use of the services that drive our economic system and society.

“My workplace will focus our sources the place we see knowledge safety points are disproportionately affecting already weak or deprived teams. The affect that we will have on folks’s lives is the measure of our success. That is what trendy knowledge safety seems to be like, and it’s what trendy regulation seems to be like.”

Behind the screens: ICO requires assessment into use of personal e mail and messaging apps inside authorities – 12 July 2022

Yesterday (11 July), a report was laid in authorities the place we referred to as for a assessment into the systemic dangers and areas for enchancment round the usage of personal correspondence channels inside DHSC.

The total story was lined by The Occasions

On social media, the story obtained supportive suggestions from stakeholders together with Marketing campaign for FOI.

John Edwards, UK Data Commissioner, stated:

“Public officers ought to be capable of present their workings, for each report protecting functions and to keep up public confidence. That’s how belief in these selections is secured and classes are learnt for the long run.

“The broader level is ensuring the Freedom of Data Act retains working to make sure public authorities stay accountable to the folks they serve.”

ICO and NCSC stand collectively in opposition to ransomware funds – 8 July 2022

In a joint letter to The Legislation Society and The Bar Council, ICO and the Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre (NCSC) referred to as on the authorized sector to play their half in supporting on-line security throughout the UK, stressing that legislation enforcement doesn’t encourage, implement or condone the fee of ransoms.

The story, which featured in The Telegraph

Protection additionally included the Night Commonplace

John Edwards, Data Commissioner, stated:

“I wish to work with the authorized occupation and NCSC to make sure that firms perceive how we are going to take into account instances and the way they’ll take sensible steps to safeguard themselves in a manner that we are going to recognise in our response ought to the worst occur.”  

Working extra successfully with public authorities – 1 July 2022

The Guardian

John Edwards, UK Data Commissioner, will use his discretion to scale back the affect of fines on the general public sector. We may also work extra proactively with public authorities to encourage compliance with knowledge safety legislation and stop harms earlier than they occur.

This revised strategy will likely be trialled over the following two years and is simply one of many initiatives that will likely be set out within the coming weeks as a part of ICO25 – the ICO’s new three-year strategic imaginative and prescient.

In his open letter, John Edwards stated:

“For the following two years the ICO may also be trialling an strategy that may see a larger use of my discretion to scale back the affect of fines on the general public. In follow this can imply a rise in public reprimands and the usage of my wider powers, together with enforcement notices, with fines solely issued in probably the most egregious instances.

“Nevertheless, the ICO will proceed to research knowledge breaches in the identical manner and can observe up with organisations to make sure the required enhancements are made. We may also do extra to publicise these instances, sharing the worth of the effective that might have been levied, so there’s wider studying.”

Taking motion in opposition to nuisance calls – 29 June 2022

The Day by day Mail printed a narrative

It’s proposed that our energy to effective firms will enhance from the present most of £500,000 to as much as 4 per cent world turnover or £17.5 million, whichever is larger.

Our work on this space has been extra lively than ever. Since Might 2021, we have now issued 37 fines for a complete of £3.04 million to firms for nuisance calls and messages.

Natasha Longson, ICO Appearing Head of Investigations, stated:

“Nuisance calls, texts and emails made by rogue operators blight folks’s lives. It’s our job to take motion in opposition to companies that break the legislation and we have now the powers to effective them.

“We depend on the general public to report spam calls, texts and emails to us so we will monitor down unlawful operators however folks also can shield themselves. Watch out when ticking containers so that you just don’t give consent for firms to contact you or to make use of and share your data. You may as well signal as much as the Phone Choice Service utilizing your landline or your cell phone quantity.

“In the event you do get nuisance calls or texts from companies, ask them to cease. In the event that they don’t, report them to us utilizing our on-line reporting device.”

View recommendation on methods to shield your self from nuisance calls and texts.

Authorities’s proposed reforms to knowledge safety legislation – 21 June 2022


Responding to the federal government’s proposals, UK Data Commissioner, John Edwards stated:

“I share and help the ambition of those reforms.

“I’m happy to see the federal government has taken our considerations about independence on board. Information safety legislation wants to present folks confidence to share their data to make use of the services that energy our economic system and society. The proposed modifications will guarantee my workplace can proceed to function as a trusted, honest and neutral regulator, and allow us to be extra versatile and goal our motion in response to the best harms.

“We stay up for persevering with to work constructively with the federal government because the proposals are progressed and can proceed to watch how these reforms are expressed within the Invoice.”

Our work to get well fines – 15 June 2022

The New Statesman

We are able to subject fines beneath the Information Safety Act 2018, which units out the obligations for organisations utilizing private knowledge within the UK, and beneath the Privateness and Digital Communications Rules (PECR), which units out the principles round advertising and marketing by digital means, together with advertising and marketing calls, texts, emails and faxes.

Right here’s our assertion:

An ICO spokesperson stated:

“The ICO has sturdy however honest strategy when recovering fines, offering fee plans the place debtors are in real monetary hardship. Nevertheless, the place we determine organisations that may pay however received’t pay, we are going to pursue formal restoration motion which may end up in insolvency. Equally, the place administrators search to keep away from fee through insolvency we actively train our full rights as a creditor, together with nominating Insolvency Practitioners whose investigations may end up in private claims in opposition to administrators.

“Formal debt restoration through insolvency might be complicated and take a number of years to conclude so while it might seem that no cash has been recovered, motion continues to be really ongoing. We additionally work intently with different enforcement companies to disrupt and impede severely non-compliant administrators who for instance, could persist in persevering with to make nuisance calls or ship unsolicited spam regardless of our effective. This may end up in administrators being disqualified and additional civil motion or felony prosecutions.”

Discover out extra about our work to get well fines.

“Who’s beneath investigation?” – Commissioner’s Opinion on extreme assortment of non-public data from victims of rape and severe sexual assault – 6 June 2022

The Opinion obtained widespread media protection together with the Commissioner being interviewed stay on BBC Breakfast Information, the As we speak programme and LBC information channel. The Commissioner was additionally interviewed on Sky, Channel 4 and 5 information. The Opinion additionally featured in numerous publications together with The Day by day Telegraph, The Occasions, The Guardian

The Commissioner’s Opinion

The Commissioner’s suggestions obtained help from numerous victims and policing consultant our bodies together with Rape Disaster England & Wales, London’s Victims’ Commissioner, Refuge, the Nationwide Police Chief’s Council and the Affiliation of Police and Crime Commissioners.

John Edwards, UK Data Commissioner stated:

“Our investigation reveals an upsetting image of how victims of rape and severe sexual assault really feel handled. Victims are being handled as suspects, and other people really feel revictimised by a system they count on to help them.

“Change is required to rebuild belief that may allow extra victims to hunt the justice to which they’re entitled.

“This work brings dwelling why we do what we do on the ICO. This Opinion isn’t about knowledge safety and knowledge processing, it’s about relationships, belief, human rights and human dignity.”

This work builds on the ICO’s earlier work on Cellular Cellphone Extraction by police forces when conducting felony investigations

You’ll be able to learn the Commissioner’s Opinion on our web site

You’ll be able to learn the press launch on our web site.

You’ll be able to examine our earlier work on cell phone extraction on our web site.

Tackling world privateness harms with worldwide cooperation – 26 Might 2022

There was widespread protection within the media, together with in The Guardian

We fined Clearview AI Inc £7,552,800 for utilizing photos of individuals within the UK, and elsewhere, that had been collected from the net and social media to create a worldwide on-line database that might be used for facial recognition.

We additionally ordered the corporate to cease acquiring and utilizing the non-public knowledge of UK residents that’s publicly out there on the web, and to delete the info of UK residents from its techniques.

Watch our video of how Clearview AI Inc operates.

Whereas on the Computer systems, Privateness and Information Safety convention in Brussels, UK Data Commissioner John Edwards highlighted the significance of worldwide collaboration to deal with world privateness harms.

In a speech on the UK Ambassador’s Residence in Brussels, John Edwards stated:

“This world of globalised digital trade requires coordinated enforcement. Coordinated throughout DPAs, akin to within the case of the Clearview facial recognition case I concluded yesterday. That was an investigation carried out in collaboration with my Australian counterpart.

“But additionally coordinated throughout disciplines. It’s more and more necessary that regulators involved with completely different features of the digital ecosystem are capable of work collectively to attain optimum outcomes for customers.”

You’ll be able to learn John Edwards’ full speech on our web site.

Our strategy to selling our Freedom of Data work – 20 Might 2022

The Marketing campaign for FOI printed an evaluation of the ICO’s public statements about Freedom of Data points

Our full response is under.

ICO spokesperson stated:

“The FOI Act performs a significant position serving to public authorities keep public belief by being clear and accountable to the folks they serve. We’ve got centered on offering common updates to help public authorities working in a difficult setting. That is alongside the broader engagement work and recommendation we offer to public authorities each day. Our FOI work stays a key precedence for the brand new Data Commissioner. We’re how we will additional promote our actions on this space sooner or later.”

We’ve got additionally printed a weblog by Warren Seddon, Director of FOI and Transparency, on our work with the FOI group.

Reflecting on a 12 months of regulator collaboration within the DRCF – 29 April 2022

We aren’t the one regulator with an curiosity within the digital world – the CMA, Ofcom and FCA even have a task to play. We work collectively because the Digital Regulator Cooperation Discussion board (DRCF) to coordinate our regulation of the digital world extra effectively and obtain higher outcomes for customers.

Yesterday we printed particulars of our work for the approaching 12 months

Whereas the primary 12 months was about organising the discussion board, there has additionally been some good analysis – notably constructing on our present understanding of algorithms. ITPro

We are actually trying ahead to finishing up 2022/23 workplan

ICO response to Channel 4 ‘Contained in the Metaverse’ documentary – 27 April 2022

A latest C4 Dispatches – Contained in the Metaverse

An ICO spokesperson stated:

“On-line providers and merchandise that use private knowledge and are prone to be accessed by youngsters are required to adjust to the requirements of our Kids’s Code. Companies should take proportionate steps to evaluate the age of customers and supply excessive default privateness settings for youngsters or, alternatively, apply the code’s requirements to all customers.

“We’re persevering with to evaluate the info safety dangers related to the deployment of recent and rising immersive applied sciences, like digital and augmented actuality, in addition to the interplay between privateness and on-line security on this space. Dad and mom and kids who’ve considerations about how their knowledge is being dealt with can complain to us on the ICO.”

Conclusion of ICO investigation into unauthorised disclosure of CCTV footage from DHSC – 19 April 2022

The ICO discovered inadequate proof to prosecute two folks suspected of unlawfully acquiring and disclosing CCTV footage from the Division for Well being and Social Care (DHSC). 

The nationwide press, together with The Guardian

The leaked CCTV photos confirmed the previous Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care, Matthew Hancock MP, and his former aide, Gina Coladangelo. 

We launched a felony investigation after we obtained a report of a private knowledge breach from DHSC’s CCTV operator, EMCOR Group plc. 

Given the seriousness of the report and the broader implications it doubtlessly had for the safety of data throughout authorities, the ICO had a authorized obligation to hold out an neutral evaluation of the proof out there to find out if there had been a breach of the legislation. 

The investigation was by no means a couple of newspaper’s resolution to publish the images.

Learn our full assertion.

Google revises its strategy to cookies consent – 14 April 2022

Google is giving customers extra alternative and management over how their knowledge is tracked

Stephen Bonner, ICO’s Govt Director of Regulatory Futures and Innovation stated:

“We welcome information of Google’s revised strategy to cookie consent. It’s a change we’ve been looking for by way of our ongoing discussions with Google and broader adtech work. The brand new ‘reject all’ choice offers customers larger management and stability of alternative over the monitoring of their on-line exercise.

“There’s nonetheless an extended strategy to go to handle considerations round consent throughout the entire internet advertising trade, however brief time period, we count on to see trade following Google’s lead to supply clearer selections for customers. That is solely a primary step; present approaches to acquiring cookie consent want additional revision with the intention to present a smoother and more and more privacy-friendly searching expertise.”

You’ll be able to learn extra on our recommendation for firms creating or utilizing internet advertising know-how in our Opinion

Kids’s privateness and worldwide collaboration – 11 April 2022

John Edwards, UK Data Commissioner, is in Washington DC this week to satisfy with regulators, civil society, lawmakers and tech firms, in addition to current the work of the ICO on the IAPP World Privateness Summit

Forward of the convention, Mr Edwards spoke with the Telegraph

In an op-ed within the Telegraph

“The digital world is borderless, and so most of the on-line providers youngsters entry are primarily based outdoors of the UK. That is among the explanation why I’m heading to Washington this week for the largest worldwide gathering to assist shield folks’s private data.

“The extra different nations require firms to guard youngsters’s knowledge, the extra youngsters within the UK are protected. And the UK has a possibility to affect actual change primarily based on the world-leading code that we have now developed.”

Your can learn extra about our Kids’s code and our worldwide work in a weblog by Mr Edwards.

Assertion in response to openDemocracy’s letter – 7 April 2022

openDemocracy has issued an open letter

Data Commissioner John Edwards stated:

“We acknowledge the considerations expressed on this letter. FOI performs an necessary half in civic engagement and holding public providers to account, and we share the will to see the legislation work successfully.

“The ICO’s position is to manage the legislation, and we at all times wish to hear views that assist us to grasp the place our position might be improved. I recognise the priority round well timed entry to data, and addressing this can be a precedence.

“All of us profit from a contemporary legislation, and I believe there are ideas on this letter that warrant additional consideration. My workplace will likely be a part of these discussions, although selections about legislation reform are for Ministers and Parliament to make.”

John Edwards article in Civil Service World – 5 April 2022

Civil Service World have printed an article by John Edwards

Mr Edwards stated:

“In my first three months, I’ve been assembly companies, central and native authorities, and civil society teams from throughout the UK, studying extra about what you’re in search of from us on the ICO.

I’ve discovered that you just’re involved concerning the stage of change that’s occurred over the previous couple of years. You spent 2017 and 2018 getting ready for the arrival of GDPR. You spent 2019 adapting to the brand new legislation. And the following two years had been dominated by the pandemic. 2022 was meant to be a neater 12 months, however as a substitute you might be confronted with a authorities promising a shake-up of UK knowledge safety legislation, and a brand new data commissioner.

I wish to reassure you that my focus is on bringing certainty in what the legislation requires of you and your organisations, and in how my workplace acts.”

One factor has already grow to be clear for Mr Edwards since starting his listening tour: that you just wish to be heard. The best way to do that is by filling in our listening tour survey – we wish a variety of viewpoints from throughout the spectrum of people that we regulate and shield.

Fill within the survey right here.

Information safety and COVID-19 – 28 March 2022

The FT ran a narrative as we speak about how the hospitality sector felt the strain of offering contact tracing particulars, whereas defending folks’s privateness, through the pandemic. Now that restrictions are being relaxed, the article says some companies could also be unsure on what to do with the non-public knowledge collected.

All through the pandemic, we labored with the UK Authorities and devolved administrations, in addition to trade stakeholders as new laws got here into power to make sure our steering was related, taking into account the completely different approaches throughout the UK. We helped hundreds of companies that wished to deal with folks’s knowledge responsibly, by way of our steering and our helpline.

We proceed to supply help. With COVID-19 measures stress-free throughout the UK, we have now set out some key factors organisations want to contemplate round the usage of private data, together with recommendation on methods to securely eliminate any data that’s now not wanted.

John Edwards speaks at IAPP London – 24 March 2022

The UK Data Commissioner, John Edwards, spoke with MLex and POLITICO


Mr Edwards stated:

“Privateness, and knowledge safety, usually are not values and guidelines imposed upon an unwilling populace by some exterior power. They aren’t burdens to be shucked off. They’re legal guidelines that symbolize deeply ingrained options of the UK tradition and authorized system.”

On knowledge safety legislation reform, Mr Edwards stated {that a} streamlined legislation that extra successfully protects folks’s rights shouldn’t put adequacy in danger. He stated:

“Finally, the choice to grant adequacy rests with the EU, who should resolve whether or not the info of its residents enjoys the identical stage of safety in Manchester because it does in Munich. Given DCMS have dedicated to sustaining excessive requirements of safety, I wrestle to see how the authorized protections will likely be much less in Cardiff than is afforded to these in Copenhagen.”

You’ll be able to learn and think about Mr Edwards’ speech on our web site.

John Edwards discusses our work to deal with ‘predatory’ calls on BBC Radio 4 – You and Yours programme – 16 March 2022

The UK Data Commissioner, John Edwards, spoke on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme at lunchtime as we speak to debate the ICO’s work to guard weak folks from ‘predatory’ advertising and marketing calls. The programme included an interview with Julie, from Yorkshire who highlighted the damaging affect one of many 5 firms fined in complete £405,000 by the ICO as we speak beforehand had on her brother’s life.

You’ll be able to hear again to the total interview on the BBC Sounds app

Discover out extra about as we speak’s motion on the information part of the ICO web site. Saying as we speak’s motion, John Edwards stated:

“These are illegal predatory advertising and marketing calls that had been focused at a number of the most weak members of our society and pushed purely by monetary acquire.

“It’s clear from the complaints we obtained that individuals felt frightened and distressed by the aggressive techniques of those firms, generally giving their monetary particulars simply so they may dangle up the cellphone. That is unacceptable and clearly exploitative. It’s only proper that we take robust and immediate motion to punish these firms accountable utilizing our full powers.”

John Edwards Letter to the Editor, Monetary Occasions – 11 March 2022

The FT has printed the next letter from John Edwards.

“Bolstering on-line safety is well timed recommendation as my workplace has seen a 19 per cent rise in reviews of cyber safety incidents involving folks’s private knowledge over the previous two years (“Cybersecurity: pa55word protectors”, Lex, March 3).

However whereas technical measures are an absolute precedence, my expertise is that many organisations have to take a number of the extra fundamental steps to guard folks’s data.

My workplace’s stats present {that a} rising variety of cyber assaults come from phishing, with emails trying to trick or persuade workers to share usernames and passwords. Measures akin to multi-factor authentication assist right here, however updated workers coaching is important to identify and report phishing makes an attempt.

This is a vital space. Folks must be assured their private knowledge will likely be handled with respect. If organisations don’t maintain knowledge safe, they may lose each folks’s confidence and enterprise.

There’s a wealth of steering and recommendation out there on this space, each from ourselves and the Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre’s Cyber Necessities marketing campaign.

Folks can take optimistic motion right here too: stronger passwords, not repeating, and taking the chance for two-factor authentication all have necessary roles to play.

John Edwards
UK Data Commissioner”

Sensible video doorbells – 6 March 2022

We’ve constructed on earlier protection about the usage of sensible video doorbells and home CCTV by chatting with the Mail on Sunday’s You Journal

Our recommendation for the general public is to maintain it easy: restrict what you movie to your own home boundaries, flip off the audio, and delete it when you do not want it anymore.

We’ve got extra steering that can assist you in case you have CCTV at dwelling.

Cyber safety vigilance – 4 March 2022

Data Commissioner John Edwards spoke to the Guardian

His feedback come because the UK’s Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre urges organisations to strengthen their cyber resilience in response to the creating state of affairs in Ukraine.

On the similar time, the ICO has recorded a virtually 20% enhance in reviews of cyber safety incidents involving folks’s private knowledge over the previous two years.

He stated:

“Our expertise is that most of the points are preventable and getting the fundamentals proper is step one.

“It’s not a query of do it as soon as and overlook about it. It’s about making a tradition of vigilance.

“My workplace’s stats present {that a} rising variety of cyber assaults come from phishing, with emails trying to trick or persuade workers to share usernames and passwords. Measures akin to multi issue authentication assist right here, however up-to-date workers coaching is important to identify and report phishing makes an attempt.

“Cyber safety can appear intimidating nevertheless it doesn’t must be. There’s a wealth of recommendation out there together with our sensible information to protecting your IT techniques secure and safe in addition to data from the Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre and the Cyber Necessities marketing campaign.”

Reprimand issued to the Scottish Authorities and NHS Nationwide Companies Scotland – 2 March 2022

The Herald, Day by day File, The Scotsman and BBC have lined the ICO’s reprimand issued to the Scottish Authorities and NHS Nationwide Companies Scotland over each organisations’ failure to be upfront about NHS Scotland COVID Standing app’s use of individuals’s particulars.

ICO Deputy Commissioner, Steve Wooden, stated:

“Folks want to have the ability to share their knowledge and go about their lives with confidence that their privateness rights will likely be revered.

“The legislation permits accountable knowledge sharing to guard public well being. However public belief is vital to creating that work. When governments introduced in COVID standing schemes throughout the UK final 12 months, it was important that they had been upfront with folks about how their data was getting used. The Scottish Authorities and NHS Nationwide Companies Scotland have failed to do that with the NHS Scotland COVID Standing app.

“We require each our bodies to behave now to present folks clear details about what is occurring with their knowledge. In the event that they don’t, we are going to take into account additional regulatory motion. The ICO, together with our workplace in Scotland, stays dedicated to working with each our bodies to handle these excellent points and guarantee this studying is utilized to future actions, together with the event of any future authorities apps that retailer and use folks’s data.”

You’ll be able to learn extra concerning the reprimand on our information launch.

John Edwards talks to the Telegraph – 23 February 2022

John Edwards was interviewed by the Telegraph concerning the alternatives for knowledge regulation within the UK post-Brexit, whereas sustaining excessive requirements of information safety. Within the interview, Mr Edwards spoke about lightening the regulatory burden on enterprise “whereas sustaining a really excessive and sturdy stage of safety.” 

Mr Edwards stated that knowledge safety guidelines shouldn’t be “laws for regulation’s sake”, telling the Telegraph:

“They’re solely there to assist right data asymmetries and energy imbalances to assist residents make good selections on this planet.”

The total article is out there on the Telegraph web site.

California introduces youngsters’s on-line security invoice – 17 February 2022

Our Kids’s code is already having an affect and making the web a safer place for youngsters.

The Monetary Occasions

View the assertion from John Edwards, UK Data Commissioner.

John Edwards talks to Massive Situation North – 7 February 2022

John Edwards is profiled within the newest version of the Massive Situation North, discussing the significance of privateness and freedom of data.

In a wide-ranging article, Mr Edwards displays on how everyone seems to be entitled to have private knowledge revered:

“One of many issues I like about privateness is that it’s utterly apolitical. It applies to everybody in the neighborhood, it’s democratic, it’s an unalienable elementary human proper.”

He additionally discusses participating with ministers on proposed reforms to the ICO construction and knowledge safety legislation, and the significance of the regulator appearing to guard weak folks.

Discussing freedom of data, Mr Edwards states the significance of organisations seeing freedom of data as core enterprise, not chore enterprise and acknowledges critics’ considerations about guaranteeing the legislation works successfully.

“FOI is so necessary to a functioning democracy. It offers folks the premise for his or her civic engagement. It helps with the method of holding companies to account. All of these items are indeniable.”

The total article is out there on the Massive Situation North web site

Internet advertising know-how – 3 February 2022

The Guardian’s TechScape e-newsletter

We’ve got been extremely lively on this area.

In a Commissioner’s Opinion printed final 12 months, we set out clear knowledge safety requirements that firms should meet when creating internet advertising applied sciences with the intention to safeguard folks’s privateness. We’ve got additionally intervened in different areas of the adtech trade.

We’re at the moment working with the Competitors and Markets Authority to assessment Google’s plans from a contest and privateness perspective. You’ll be able to learn extra about this work right here

John Edwards talks to the Monetary Occasions and As we speak programme – 28 January 2022

In his first media interviews since being appointed Data Commissioner, John Edwards talked concerning the alternative the UK has to be taught from the experiences of GDPR, and the worldwide affect of the UK by way of initiatives just like the Youngsters Code.

He additionally spoke concerning the significance of guaranteeing all of society can take pleasure in the advantages that huge tech firms deliver, by working with different regulators to minimise harms, and his dedication to creating certainty for enterprise by making knowledge safety straightforward.

He instructed the FT:

“Popping out of the EU does current appreciable alternatives. The one-stop store…is one space that GDPR has not labored as its designers would have hoped. We, as a single regulator, might be extra fleet of foot, and in a fast-moving digital setting, that too is vital for innovation”

The piece goes on to cowl John wanting a “sharp supervisory focus” on tech firms, and taking part in a “management position within the digital economic system”, with the Youngsters Code a great instance of how that may be achieved.

On knowledge safety reforms, John provides:

“There’s positives within the proposed reforms. I believe we will present larger certainty and adaptability [to businesses] with out placing in danger elementary rights that individuals have within the UK.”

The total article is out there on the Monetary Occasions web site

You’ll be able to hearken to the As we speak interview on BBC Sounds

#NoPlaceToHide – House Workplace backed marketing campaign on finish to finish encryption (E2EE) involving tech firms – 21 January 2022

The Guardian

Our full response:

Stephen Bonner, ICO’s Govt Director for Innovation and Know-how stated:

“The dialogue on end-to-end encryption use is just too unbalanced to make a smart and knowledgeable alternative. There may be an excessive amount of concentrate on the prices with out additionally weighing up the numerous advantages.

“E2EE serves an necessary position each in safeguarding our privateness and on-line security. It strengthens youngsters’s on-line security by not permitting criminals and abusers to ship them dangerous content material or entry their photos or location.

“Additionally it is essential for companies, enabling them to share data securely and fosters client confidence in digital providers.

“E2EE is seen by some to hinder the clamp down on youngster abusers as a result of it leaves legislation enforcers blind to dangerous content material. However accessing encrypted content material shouldn’t be the one strategy to catch abusers. Legislation enforcers produce other strategies akin to listening to reviews of these focused, infiltrating the teams planning these offences, utilizing proof from convicted abusers and their techniques to determine different offenders.

“We’re additionally seeing a variety of different strategies and improvements out there that can be utilized with out accessing content material to assist cease abuse or catch these attempting to hurt. For example, platforms are listening to youngsters’ reviews and limiting search outcomes for anybody trying undesirable contact.

“Authorities ought to proceed to place the trouble into maximising legislation enforcement and progressive strategies, such because the Security Tech Problem. Till we glance correctly on the penalties, it’s laborious to see any case for reconsidering the usage of E2EE – delaying its use leaves everybody in danger, together with youngsters.

“We stay up for being a key participant on this essential dialogue.”

Which?’s analysis on Tinder – 21 January 2022

There was widespread protection within the media about Which?’s analysis on Tinder’s pricing construction.

Our full response:

An ICO spokesperson stated:

“Organisations should use private knowledge lawfully, pretty and transparently. Meaning organisations should solely use folks’s knowledge in methods they might moderately count on, and be clear with folks about why they want their private knowledge and what they may do with it.

“Which? has made us conscious of this matter and we are going to assess the data offered.”

Utilizing home CCTV – 17 January 2022

Our director Suzanne Gordon talked about home CCTV and video doorbells on BBC Morning Reside. You’ll be able to watch it on BBC iPlayer

Our recommendation for the general public is to maintain it easy: restrict what you movie to your own home boundaries, flip off the audio, and delete it when you do not want it anymore.

We’ve got extra steering that can assist you in case you have CCTV at dwelling.

Downing Road lockdown events – 14 January 2022

Tales about Downing Road lockdown events proceed to run within the information together with The Guardian, Unbiased, Mail On-line and Night Commonplace.

We’ve highlighted the principles round not deleting emails or texts that could be related to reply a Freedom of Data request.

Our full response:

An ICO spokesperson stated:

“It is a vital precept of presidency transparency and accountability that official information are saved of key actions and selections.

“Related data that exists within the personal correspondence channels of public authorities ought to be out there and included in responses to data requests obtained. Erasing, destroying or concealing data inside scope of a Freedom of Data request, with the intention of stopping its disclosure is a felony offence beneath part 77 of the Freedom of Data Act.”

You’ll be able to learn extra data right here about official data held in non-corporate communications channels.

Response to considerations round digital actuality headsets – 12 January 2022

You could have learn tales within the media lately about Meta’s Oculus digital actuality headsets and considerations round the way in which youngsters can use them. Our Kids’s code goals to guard youngsters’s privateness on-line.

Right here’s our full response.

An ICO spokesperson stated:

“On-line providers and merchandise that use private knowledge and are prone to be accessed by youngsters are required to adjust to the requirements of our Kids’s code.

“We’re planning additional discussions with Meta on its youngsters’s privateness and knowledge safety by design approaches to Oculus merchandise and digital actuality providers.

“Dad and mom and kids who’ve considerations about how their knowledge is being dealt with can complain to us on the ICO.”

For extra data on our Kids’s code go to

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