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First Computer Misuse Act prosecution results in six-month prison sentence

A motor industry employee has been sentenced to six months in prison in the first prosecution to be brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under legislation that carries a potential prison sentence. Mustafa Kasim, who worked...


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ICO issues maximum £500,000 fine to Facebook for failing to protect users’ personal information

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Facebook £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection law. In July, the ICO issued a Notice of Intent to fine Facebook as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the use of d...


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Court hands recruitment firm largest fine and first custodial sentences after a TPR prosecution

A national recruitment agency, its directors and senior staff have been ordered to pay more than £280,000 for plotting to illegally opt workers out of their pension scheme. The prosecution of Derby-based Workchain Ltd and its staff has led ...


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ICO takes action for failure to pay new data protection fee

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun formal enforcement action against 34 organisations that have failed to pay the new data protection fee. The data protection regulator has sent notices of its intent to fine the organisat...


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Data deficit hampering progression of ethnic minority and disabled staff at work

Ethnic minority and disabled people’s careers are at risk because employers are failing to collect meaningful data on representation in the workforce, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned. The national equality body is callin...


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Monitoring employees – what is a step too far?

Six in ten working people fear that greater workplace surveillance through technology will fuel distrust (65%) and discrimination (66%), according to research for I’ll Be Watching You, a new report published by the TUC. The study reveals th...