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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - £60,000 fine for unsolicited text messages
    £60,000 fine for unsolicited text messages..Direct marketing. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that it has issued a monetary penalty notice for £60,000 to a small business, Digital Growth Experts Ltd (D). According to the ICO, between 29 February and 30 April 2020, D sent unsolicited text messages to 16,190 individuals promoting a particular brand of hand sanitiser, claiming that it was “effective against coronavirus” . Unlawful behaviour. However, not only had D failed to...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - ICO guidance on health checks
    ICO guidance on health checks..Health headaches. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance on what you can and can’t do when checking your employees’ health status (see The next step ). Staying safe. It covers carrying out testing to identify whether staff have coronavirus symptoms, e.g. temperature checks, and actual coronavirus testing. It also explains the legal position on testing, how you can fulfil your legal obligations, what information you can keep, what information you need...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Q&A - Brexit effect on the GDPR?
    Q&A - Brexit effect on the GDPR?..Q. Is the GDPR affected by Brexit in any way and will anything change in the future? A. Brexit has absolutely no effect on the GDPR , even though it is EU-derived legislation. When the agreed transition period ends on 31 December 2020 , the GDPR will automatically be incorporated into our domestic legislation by provisions that are contained in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 . So in practical terms nothing is going to change in the immediate future. The GDPR’s...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Small business given first GDPR fine
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued the first GDPR penalty to a small business, totalling £275,000. As well as leaving personal data outside, another error was made. What was it?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - ICO guidance on the right of access
    ICO guidance on the right of access..Important principle. Under the GDPR , all individuals, e.g. employees, consultants, clients and customers, have the right to know what personal data is held about them and they can obtain a copy of that data from the business or organisation which holds it. This is known as the “right of access” and is a fundamental principle of data protection laws. To help you meet this important legal obligation, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued new guidance...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Q&A - data subject access requests
    Q&A - data subject access requests..Q. We know that where an individual, such as an employee or a customer, makes a data subject access request under the GDPR , we are obliged to respond without undue delay and at the latest within one month. How is that one-month period calculated? A. You should calculate the one-month period from the day you receive a data subject access request (regardless of whether or not that is a working day) until the corresponding calendar date in the next month. If the corresponding...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Don’t forget the data protection fee
    Most businesses must now pay an annual data protection fee. If you forget to pay it, will the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) agree that this is an acceptable defence?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - £40,000 fine for sending unwanted e-mails
    £40,000 fine for sending unwanted e-mails..Misled. Between October 2016 and October 2017 Grove Pension Solutions Ltd (G) sent out 1,942,010 e-mails via a third party marketing agent. These communications promoted its services to potential clients all of whom hadn’t consented to being contacted in this way. Before undertaking this activity, G had sought specialist advice from a data protection consultancy and taken independent legal advice too. Both said this activity was OK. However, the advice proved to...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The GDPR’s post-Brexit effect
    The GDPR has been in force for nearly a year. What’s going to happen to it when we leave the EU and will a “no deal” situation make any difference?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Worker jailed for data breaches
    In the first case of its kind, an employee has been imprisoned for misusing customers’ personal information following an Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) prosecution. What do you need to know and do as a result?
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