ICO reassures employers they can share staff data in a mental health emergency

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance to give employers more certainty about sharing their workers’ personal details in a mental health emergency. The guidance provides advice on when and how it is appropriate to share workers’ information when the employer believes that someone is at risk of causing serious harm to themselves, or others, because of their mental health. Chris Hogan, ICO Head of Regulatory Strategy, said: “We want to reassure employers that during a mental health emergency they should share necessary and proportionate information without delay…

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ICO and Federal Communications Commission sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which formalises their commitment to work together to protect people from unwanted nuisance calls, spam messaging and the misuse of private and sensitive data. Building on the parties’ existing collaboration on electronic marketing and antispam regulation through the Unsolicited Communications Network (UCENet), the MoU sets out how the authorities will enable greater information sharing in areas such as technical developments, intelligence and the exploration of potential solutions to issues such as…

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Information Commissioner’s Office tells platforms to respect information rights when moderating online content

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is working to support people’s information rights online by ensuring organisations understand their data protection obligations when seeking to make their platforms safer.   Content moderation is commonly used by organisations to analyse content generated by users to check if it’s appropriate for publication on their platforms. This process involves using people’s personal information and can cause harm if incorrect decisions are made.  In the regulator’s first guidance on content moderation, the ICO outlines how data protection law applies to these processes and the impacts they…

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ICO urges all app developers to prioritise privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is reminding all app developers to ensure they protect users’ privacy, following the regulator’s review of period and fertility apps.  Last year, the ICO looked closely at period and fertility apps to understand how they process personal data and identify whether there is any negative impact on users as a result. The review saw the ICO contact several app providers to find out more about their privacy practices, as well as engaging with app users to understand their experiences.  While no serious compliance issues or…

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ICO warns organisations to proactively make advertising cookies compliant after positive response to November call to action

Stephen Almond, Executive Director, Regulatory Risk, leads the ICO’s team responsible for anticipating, understanding and shaping the impacts of emerging technology and innovation on people and society: Last November we wrote to 53 of the UK’s top 100 websites, warning that they faced enforcement action if they did not make changes to advertising cookies to comply with data protection law. We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to our call to action. Of the 53 organisations we contacted, 38 organisations have changed their cookies banners to be compliant and four have…

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