ICO publishes big data and data protection summary of feedback

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ICO publishes big data and data protection summary of feedback

Published 10 April 2015

The ICO have published a summary of the responses obtained on its Big Data and Data Protection report, which was published on 28 July 2014.

Of particular interest in the responses commented on by the ICO are:

  • A recognition that it is the uses to which Big Data is put, which is more important than the ways in the data is collected.  However noting that it may still be better to regulate at the point where the potential for harm is created;
  • An acknowledgment by the ICO that their original report only seemed to deal with "consent" as a condition to legitimise the processing of Personal Data, when in fact, in certain circumstances Schedule 2 Paragraph 6 of the DPA "the legitimate interests condition" may be a valid alternative way of complying with the fairness principle of the DPA;
  • Some respondents wanted to see more practical, technical guidance, including guidance on particular technologies. At the same time it was recognised that this is not necessarily a job for the ICO alone, and that industry has a role to play, for example in developing standardised categories to inform people of how their data is being used.

To view the Big Data and Data Protection feedback summary, please click here.

To view the ICO Big Data and Data Protection report, please click here.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

None – for interest at present pending the final report which is due in June 2015.

Part of our Information Security and Data Protection Newsletter and our Information Security and Data Protection Newsletter for Financial Services.

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Rhiannon Webster

Rhiannon Webster

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