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ICO publishes 'big data' guidance and stresses fairness and transparency for data protection compliance

Businesses buying personal information from third parties for use in 'big data' projects need to check with the sellers whether they have a right to use the data in that context or whether they need to obtain consent from individuals to use the data for the... 29 Jul 2014

Legal challenge lodged against new UK data retention laws

A legal challenge is to be launched against new UK data retention laws that received parliamentary backing under a prioritised approval process earlier this month. 24 Jul 2014

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ICO's big data guidance must address business concerns about compliance when using third party data, says expert

Guidance that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is expected to issue on 'big data' must serve to ease concerns businesses have about how to achieve compliance with data protection laws when making use of personal data collected by third parties,... 24 Jul 2014

Electronic health records can help simplify drugs trials, study finds

Patient medical records stored electronically by GPs could be used to deliver better targeted and less time-consuming clinical drugs trials, a new academic study has concluded. 22 Jul 2014

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