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The Information Commissioner’s Office

  • Supporting you to meet your information access requests
    on 24th February 2021 at 10:07 am

    Our aim at the ICO is to ensure organisations provide the public with timely access to information. We speak regularly about supporting you to meet your requirements, and we’ve published two new products to help you achieve that goal.

  • ICO statement in response to the publication of a draft adequacy decision from the European Commission
    on 19th February 2021 at 4:27 pm

    The European Commission has today published its draft UK adequacy decisions. If adopted these decisions will allow for continued free flow of personal data from the EU into the UK. As well as its decision under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU also published another draft…

  • ICO launches data analytics toolkit
    on 17th February 2021 at 10:56 am

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is urging all organisations considering using data analytics on personal data to look at its new toolkit.

  • ICO issues fines totalling £270,000 to firms making nuisance calls
    on 12th February 2021 at 11:24 am

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £270,000 to two separate companies for making unlawful marketing calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

  • Safer Internet Day 2021
    on 9th February 2021 at 11:02 am

    Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham said: “The ICO is proud to support Safer Internet Day, which contributes to the national conversation about online privacy and trust. Children must be protected within the digital world while they learn, explore and play online.

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  • Seeking the west coast of Yorkshire | Brief letters
    by Letters on 24th February 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Charity coffers | David Cameron | Hard crosswords | Yorkshire | Johnson’s journalism | Vaccine passports Before asking for government bailouts (UK charities urgently call on PM to set up emergency fund, 17 February), big charities should spend their own reserves. Cancer Research UK entered the pandemic with over £300m in the bank; the National Trust had £320m. I would urge everybody to be as generous as possible to charities, but choose carefully. You don’t want to see your hard-earned gift being added to a cash pile in a bank vault.Ray KiplingFormer deputy director, Royal National Lifeboat Institution • Thank goodness David Cameron is available to publicly advise the PM on the necessity of eradicating poverty and investing in a just and green economy for the betterment of all (Be ‘muscular’ and drive green recovery, Cameron tells Johnson, 24 February). This is generally the part of the film where our tough, experienced team leader looks out across a sea of stunned expressions and announces: “We’re through the looking glass, people.”Karen AbbottMacclesfield, Cheshire Continue reading…

  • From Bowie to Jackie Weaver: girl dresses up to raise £1,000 for charity
    by Amelia Hill on 24th February 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Pearl Parkin, eight, from Bath, becomes a different character each day to raise funds for Save the ChildrenCoronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverageDressing up helps children to hope and dream. For one little girl, it has also enabled her to raise more than £900 for charity in just 23 days. Eight-year-old Pearl Parkin has set herself the challenge of dressing up as a different character each day to raise funds for Save the Children through her fundraising page. Continue reading…

  • Charities condemn Facebook for ‘attack on democracy’ in Australia
    by Emma Graham-Harrison on 20th February 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Campaign groups say blocking access to reliable news sources leaves a void to be filled by misinformation and hate speech Members of Facebook’s oversight board, which some have likened to an internal “supreme court”, have been called on to speak out or step down after the platform shut down swathes of media and key public information sites during a battle with the Australian government. The social media giant suspended pages – including those of government bodies and state health departments before the national coronavirus vaccine rollout – as part of a showdown with officials over a new law that would force it and other platforms to pay for links to news content. Related: Facebook’s Australia ban threatens to leave Pacific without key news source Continue reading…

  • Special needs pupils in England ‘pushed to one side’ in Covid crisis
    by Sally Weale Education correspondent on 19th February 2021 at 12:01 am

    Sizeable number of Send pupils were unable to return to school in September, according to surveyCoronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverageChildren with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) in England have had their education “pushed to one side” during the course of the pandemic “for the convenience of the majority,” according to a survey of parents. The poll of more than 1,000 parents uncovered “widespread failure” to restore special educational needs provision when children returned to school in September 2020, with a “sizeable” number of Send children unable to return to school at all. Related: ‘We feel forgotten’: special needs teachers on helping England’s vulnerable children Continue reading…

  • UK charities urgently call on PM to set up emergency fund
    by Patrick Butler Social policy editor on 17th February 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Cancer Research UK and Comic Relief among charities who signed open letter to Boris Johnson Hundreds of the UK’s biggest charity names, including Cancer Research UK, Comic Relief and Samaritans, have signed a joint letter to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, calling on the government to set up an emergency support fund for the voluntary sector. They are warning that hundreds of charities could close in the next few months – or be forced to make major cuts to services – unless ministers create a fund to help voluntary organisations maintain their services. Continue reading…

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