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2006 Articles By Topic: Data protection and privacy

  • BMA may seek NHS records system boycott

    22 Dec 2006

    Doctors will be advised to refuse to use the NHS's computer system unless the Department of Health (DoH) changes its mind on behaviour which the British Medical Association says is unlawful.

  • Liverpool City Council prosecuted under data laws

    21 Dec 2006

    Liverpool City Council has been fined for data protection offences. The local authority has been fined £300 under the Data Protection Act (DPA) after the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) brought a prosection.

  • ID theft ring members jailed

    21 Dec 2006

    Three men have been jailed for up to six years for their parts in running an identity theft ring which netted them millions of pounds.

  • Government overturns identity database policy

    21 Dec 2006

    The Home Office has overturned its decision to create a large single computer for its controversial national identity register (NIR), opting to use existing databases instead. It had previously said that existing systems were flawed.

  • 100m US records exposed by security blunders

    19 Dec 2006

    The total number of US customer records compromised as a result of security blunders has hit the 100m milestone.

  • Vodafone fined €76m over Greek wiretap scandal

    18 Dec 2006

    Greece's privacy watchdog has fined Vodafone €76m ($100m) over a wiretapping scandal that saw the illegal monitoring of the mobile calls of top government officials including Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

  • Major decision edges towards privacy law

    15 Dec 2006

    The UK is edging towards having an effective privacy law following a landmark ruling in the Appeals Court. Folk singer Loreena McKennitt has successfully thwarted an appeal from the author of a book that McKennitt said violated her privacy rights.

  • Government adopts FOI limits

    15 Dec 2006

    The Government has backed proposals to limit Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests to one every three months for all organisations, including newspapers, MPs and campaign groups.

  • Information Commissioner names and shames newspapers

    14 Dec 2006

    The Information Commissioner will today name and shame the newspapers he says are breaking the law in their pursuit of stories. Richard Thomas has published a report to Parliament on information theft which contains a league table of alleged offenders....

  • Privacy rules extended to WAP messages

    13 Dec 2006

    Senders of WAP messages to mobile phones can be prosecuted under anti-spam regulations, the Information Commissioner's Office has ruled. The ICO has extended rules to include the increasingly popular medium.