Did H.G. Wells foresee our 21st Century world?

Did H.G. Wells foresee our 21st Century world?

To paraphrase the opening lines of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of H G Well’s masterpiece, ‘The War of the Worlds’. . . “No one would have believed, in the early years of the 21st century, that human affairs where being watched, from the timeless worlds of the the internet. No one could have dreamed we … Continue reading »
New UK Data Protection Bill

New UK Data Protection Bill

From 25th May 2018, the new EU General Data Protection Regulations come into force which introduce new data protection rights for consumers and this Bill will put into UK law, comparable rules that all companies must follow. The government made the commitment to introduce the new Bill in the Queen's Speech in June, and issued … Continue reading »
£50,000 fine for pursuing people who had opted out.

£50,000 fine for pursuing people who had opted out.

The UK regulator has issued a £50,000 fine to MyHome Installations Ltd for pursuing people who had specifically opted out of telephone marketing. The ICO received 169 complaints concerning the calls to phone numbers listed on the Telephone Preference Service. One complainant commented: "They wanted to carry out an electrical survey of my home and … Continue reading »
Firm hit by cyber-attack fined £60,000

Firm hit by cyber-attack fined £60,000

A UK SME has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office following a 2014 cyber-attack in which more than 26,000 customer details were accessed. Boomerang Video Ltd failed to take basic steps to stop its website being attacked by the hacker, who used a common technique known as SQL injection to access the data. … Continue reading »
Why you don’t email Opted Out Customers

Why you don’t email Opted Out Customers

Price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com has been fined £80,000 by the UK regulator for sending millions of emails to customers who had already opted out of marketing. The company sent 7.1 million emails over 10 days updating customers with its Terms and Conditions.   Moneysupermarket's email included a section entitled 'Preference Centre Update' which read: "We … Continue reading »
£85,000 fine for calling people registered on TPS

£85,000 fine for calling people registered on TPS

Earlier this month, True Telecom Limited of Dartford were issued with a Monetary Penalty Notice under section 55A of the Data Protection Act 1998, by the Information Commissioners Office for making Illegal Nuisance Calls. The notice states "The penalty is being issued because of a serious contravention of regulation 21 of the Privacy and Electronic … Continue reading »
£610,000 in fines for two companies in one week

£610,000 in fines for two companies in one week

The Information Commissioners Office has fined coventry based Easyleads Limited, £260,000 for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls in relation to boiler grants. This brings the total penalties handed out in one week alone to £610,000, all to companies behind illegal recorded messages. Welsh based firm Your Money Rights Ltd were also fined £350,000 for … Continue reading »
Two companies fined £150k for not respecting TPS and Opt Outs

Two companies fined £150k for not respecting TPS and Opt Outs

Two UK businesses have recently been fined by the Information Commissioners Office (the UK agency responsible for enforcing our data protection laws) a total of £150,000 for making marketing calls to consumers who had not consented to receiving them. The ICO fined Safestyle UK £70,000 and Virgo Home Improvements £80,000 over their breaches of the … Continue reading »