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The ICO is committed to raising awareness of data protection and freedom of information rights, and to encouraging good practice. A full list of news releases from previous years can be accessed via our archive.

April

12 Apr 11 - Government departments facing regulatory action for transparency delays
Several public bodies, including the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence, have failed to meet the requirement to reduce the time they take to respond to FOI requests, the ICO announced today.

11 Apr 11 - Paper records management systems need to be more robust, ICO warns
The ICO is reminding organisations about the importance of keeping paper records secure after it found two healthcare organisations in breach of the Data Protection Act for losing files.

05 Apr 11 - Council printer mix up breached data protection laws
The City of York Council breached the Data Protection Act by accidentally disclosing personal data to a third party following a printer mix-up, the ICO said today.

04 Apr 11 - Cornwall health trust disclosed third-party personal data
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust breached the Data Protection Act by disclosing third-party personal data on two occasions, the ICO said today.

March

30 Mar 11 - Being anonymous 'an ever increasing challenge' in 2011, says Information Commissioner
Advances in the internet, the scale of public information collected by public bodies and businesses, and the pressure to share data in the name of efficiency, make being anonymous in 2011 'an ever increasing challenge' Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, will say today at an ICO seminar on anonymisation.

29 Mar 11 - Privacy rules must be respected in run up to UK referendum and forthcoming elections, ICO warns
Political parties and campaigners must respect data protection law when campaigning for the upcoming UK referendum and local and national elections, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today.

24 Mar 11 - Estate agent prosecuted for offence under the Data Protection Act
An estate agent today pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to notify the Information Commissioner's Office that his business processes personal data.

16 Mar 11 - 40% of home Wi-Fi users don’t understand security settings
An online survey commissioned by the ICO has shown that 40% of people who have Wi-Fi at home do not understand how to change the security settings on their Wi-Fi networks. New ICO guidance on the issue of Wi-Fi security aims to get people thinking about whether they are doing enough to keep their connection secure.

15 Mar 11 - Confidential records dumped in skip
Wolverhampton City Council breached the Data Protection Act by allowing confidential personal information to be disposed of in a skip, the Information Commissioner's Office said today.

10 Mar 11 - Estate agent prosecuted for failing to notify with the ICO
An estate agent has today pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to notify the Information Commissioner's Office that his business processes personal data.

08 Mar 11 - UK businesses must ‘wake up’ to new EU law on cookies, Information Commissioner warns
Businesses and other organisations running websites in the UK must ‘wake up’ to the fact that EU legislation, which will require them to get consent in order to store or access information on consumers’ computers, is coming into force soon, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham will say today in a speech at the ICO’s annual Data Protection Officer conference in Manchester.

February

23 Feb 11 - Council caught out after loss of memory stick
Cambridgeshire County Council has signed an undertaking after breaching the Data Protection Act following the loss of a memory stick containing sensitive data relating to vulnerable adults.

21 Feb 11 - Renewal applications lost by Passport Service
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) breached the Data Protection Act by losing the passport renewal applications of 21 individuals.

18 Feb 11 - Council sent benefit details to wrong recipients
The Isle of Anglesey County Council breached the Data Protection Act after sending benefit details to the wrong recipients.

11 Feb 11 - ICO response to the government’s announcement on the Protection of Freedoms Bill
The Information Commissioner's Office has issued a response to the government’s announcement on the Protection of Freedoms Bill.

11 Feb 11 - Around 10,000 people's details land in the wrong inbox
Gwent Police is taking remedial action after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found it in breach of the Data Protection Act for accidentally emailing information relating to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks performed by the force to a member of the public.

08 Feb 11 - Councils fined for unencrypted laptop theft
The Information Commissioner’s Office today served Ealing Council and Hounslow Council with monetary penalties for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act after the loss of two unencrypted laptops containing sensitive personal information.

07 Feb 11 - Glasgow children to learn about staying safe online
The ICO will be hosting an event with the international initiative 'The i in online' for young people from Cleveden Secondary School in Glasgow later today.

01 Feb 11 - Information Commissioner's response to the Government's crime mapping initiative
The Information Commissioner has issued a response to the Government's crime mapping initiative.

January

28 Jan 11 - 80% of people concerned about their personal details online
A survey has revealed that 80% of people are concerned about protecting their personal information online, the Information Commissioner's Office said today.

28 Jan 11 - Belfast children to learn about staying safe online
The ICO will be hosting an event with the international initiative 'The i in online' for young people at Wellington College Co-educational Grammar School in Belfast later today. The event forms part of the ICO's celebrations for European Data Protection Day.

28 Jan 11 - Cheshire children to learn about staying safe online
The ICO will be hosting an event with the international initiative 'The i in online' for young people at Priestly College, Loreto Grammar School, Culcheth Hall School, Cheadle Hulme School, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and Fallibroome Academy at our offices in Wilmslow later today. The event forms part of the ICO's celebrations for European Data Protection Day.

28 Jan 11 - Cardiff children to learn about staying safe online
The ICO will be hosting an event with the international initiative 'The i in online' for young people at Radyr Comprehensive School in Cardiff later today. The event forms part of the ICO's celebrations for European Data Protection Day.

28 Jan 11 - Vale of Glamorgan children to learn about staying safe online
The ICO will be hosting an event with the international initiative 'The i in online' for young people at Stanwell School in the Vale of Glamorgan later today. The event forms part of the ICO's celebrations for European Data Protection Day.

25 Jan 11 - Councillors urged to check their data protection obligations
Councillors who handle personal data must check if they need to register as a data controller or risk a fine of up to £5,000, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today. The ICO is writing to councillors across the country to urge them to check if they are fulfilling their legal requirements under the Data Protection Act.

21 Jan 11 - Organ donation preferences of over 400,000 people recorded inaccurately
The organ donation preferences of 444,031 people were recorded inaccurately on the Organ Donation Register (ODR) due to a software error, the Information Commissioner’s Office said today.

19 Jan 11 - Department of Health ordered to release costs of flu vaccination
The Information Commissioner's Office has ordered the Department of Health to disclose informating relating to the costs of purchasing the flu vaccine that was in use in February 2010.

17 Jan 11 - Take control of your credit file in 2011 says ICO
The Information Commissioner's Office is challenging the British public to make 2011 the year they ensure that their credit reference file is accurate and up to date.

13 Jan 11 - ICO statement on investigation into 2006 FIFA World Cup ticket information disclosure
The ICO has issued a statement in conclusion of its investigation into 2006 FIFA World Cup ticket information disclosure. The ICO has concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that any person has unlawfully obtained personal information within the UK, or that any person or organisation has breached UK data protection laws.

12 Jan 11 - Top tips on freedom of information for communications professionals
The Information Commissioner’s Office today published a set of top tips on freedom of information for communications professionals working in public authorities.

07 Jan 11 - Information Commissioner’s response to the Government’s plans to extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act
The Information Commissioner has issued a statement which welcomes proposals that the Government has set out today on expanding the scope of the Freedom of Information Act.

05 Jan 11 - Sensitive Scottish court records discovered at recycling bank
The Scottish Court Service breached the Data Protection Act by failing to take sufficient steps to prevent court documents containing sensitive personal details being accidentally disposed of at a local recycling bank in Glasgow, the Information Commissioner’s Office said today.