Tags: Data

Third of job-seekers untroubled by privacy issues

A new survey by Hays suggests that more than a third of job-hunters don’t believe employers would look at their social media profiles. The survey of over 770 people revealed that 36% of respondents thought employers wouldn’t attempt to view their profiles, and therefore made no changes to their social media habits when job-seeking. However…

Outsourcing personal employee data cost council £250,000 in penalties

A Council whose former employees’ pension records were found in an over-filled paper recycle bank in a supermarket car park has been fined £250,000 for the data breach. Scottish Borders Council employed an outside company to digitise the records, but failed to seek appropriate guarantees on how the personal data would be kept secure. That…

Many businesses not using IT solutions to cope with big data explosion

One in ten businesses yet to deploy enterprise search tools to achieve faster, more effective decision-making Almost one in ten (9%) businesses have yet to adopt any enterprise search tools, as they struggle to find the information they need within the business. At the same time, more companies are using open source search platforms such…

#HR, #HRblogs, #HRdata, #HR247, #UKemplaw: What are your favourite HR hashtags on Twitter?

hashtag.JPGDo you know how much Twitter has to offer HR professionals? And if you’re one of the growing number of HR professionals already on Twitter, are you making the most of the key HR Twitter hashtags to tap into the wealth of HR-related content Twitter users are sharing on a daily basis? Here we provide…

Directors use council employee to access tenants’ details

A Slough letting agent and one of its directors who unlawfully obtained details about their tenants from a rogue employee at Slough Borough Council have been found guilty of committing offences under Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). At Reading Magistrates, SAI Property Investments Limited, trading as IPS Property Services and represented…

Teresa Budworth: What’s more valuable, people or data?

I sometimes wonder where people’s priorities lie. Recently I read two news stories on the same day. The first concerned EU proposals for tighter data protection laws. These included powers to impose fines of 1m or 2% of annual turnover on organisations that failed to protect the information they hold about people. In Britain, the…

ICO reaches £1m in data breach penalties

The latest penalties served by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) bring the total amount served by the ICO to organisations found in serious breach of the Data Protection Act to over £1m. Monetary penalties totalling £180,000 were recently served to two councils for failing to keep highly sensitive information about the welfare of children secure.…

UK launches new data code of practice

The Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) has recently published a new code of practice to help organisations manage their data sharing appropriately. The code is about different types of disclosure, often involving many organisations and very complex information chains; chains that grow ever longer, crossing organisational and even national boundaries. Under the right circumstances and for…

Data Protection Act breached by Cambridgeshire Council

Cambridgeshire County Council breached the Data Protection Act as a memory stick was lost which contained sensitive data relating to vulnerable adults. The ICO was informed by the Council in November 2010 that an employe had lost an unauthorised and unencrypted memory stick, which they had used to store notes and minutes of meetings relating…