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Tribunal increases ICO fine over unsolicited marketing by 50%

A UK court has increased the level of fine imposed on a business which made unsolicited marketing calls to people signed up to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) by 50%. 17 Apr 2015

Survey reveals UK consumers' online privacy concerns

Nearly a third of UK consumers (32%) would be willing to pay for their personal data to be better protected online, a survey has revealed. 10 Apr 2015

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More fines for unsolicited calls or texts likely, says ICO, as new rules come into force

Changes to the rules governing when the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can fine companies for making unsolicited telephone calls or sending unsolicited text messages will help the UK's privacy watchdog to "make more fines stick", it has said. 07 Apr 2015

Opt out consent 'incompatible' with 'the right to informational self-determination', says Hamburg watchdog

Forcing consumers to de-select pre-ticked boxes to prevent businesses collecting, using and disclosing their personal information goes against their "right to informational self determination", a data protection watchdog in Germany has said. 01 Apr 2015

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