CIPR welcomes ICO investigation into use of facial recognition technology

The CIPR’s #AIinPR Panel has welcomed the ICO’s announcement that it plans to investigate the use of live facial recognition technology in King’s Cross, London. The statement comes a day after the CIPR’s Artificial Intelligence Panel called on businesses to be transparent about the use of emerging technology. The ICO is the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The ICO’s move to investigate this application of facial recognition in a public space is welcomed. Facial recognition remains…

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ICO’s access to information strategy calls for better compliance by public authorities backed up with enforcement action

The ICO has today published ‘Openness by Design’, its new access to information strategy. The strategy sets out five goals relating to the suite of access to information legislation regulated by the ICO: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, and the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. The five ‘Openness by Design’ goals are: Ensuring that access to information rights is upheld in a consistent and timely manner and operates effectively in a digital age. Providing excellent customer service to individuals making requests…

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CIPR: ICO issues warning to ‘adtech’ users

CIPR Members using adtech and engaging in real-time bidding are advised to read the Information Commissioner’s latest report into online advertising and data. Real-Time Bidding (RTB) is used in programmatic advertising and is underpinned by advertising technology (adtech), allowing advertisers to compete for available digital advertising space in milliseconds. It places billions of automated online adverts on webpages and apps. The report looks into the processing of special category data, and issues caused by relying solely on contracts for data sharing across the supply chain. It says: “Under data protection…

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ICO announce intention to fine Marriott International more than £99 million

Following an extensive investigation the ICO has issued a notice of its intention to fine Marriott International £99,200,396 for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The proposed fine relates to a cyber incident which was notified to the ICO by Marriott in November 2018. A variety of personal data contained in approximately 339 million guest records globally were exposed by the incident, of which around 30 million related to residents of 31 countries in the European Economic Area (EEA). Seven million related to UK residents. It is believed…

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Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launches ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign

In our data-driven world, it’s more important than ever to know who is using people’s personal data, and why. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching the ‘Be Data Aware’ campaign to help people understand how organisations might be using their data to target them online, and how people can control who is targeting them. This includes understanding how organisations use people’s data to reach them with social media adverts to market goods or services and for political marketing. The ICO’s ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes…

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