Data Protection: What will happen in the next 12 months?

In a recent Guardian blog post, data protection experts Tim Gough and Evie Wilson have commented on the changing landscape of data protection and what we can expect to see in the next 12 months.

  • Following the Leveson inquiry  the ICO should be producing a code of practice in relation to journalism, providing guidance on how media organisations should act when it comes to personal information.
  • Cookies will still be a strong focus for the ICO after a number of complaints by users. The ICO are looking to address these problems.
  • Online tracking and advertising will be monitored closely following the changes to the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing.
  • In anticipation of the continued uptake in cloud services, there will be a review of the current clauses. There is likely to be a shift towards cloud providers having their own protection obligations, rather than all responsibility falling with the data controller.
  • Continuing negotiations of the new European Data Protection Regulation  which is designed to bring a harmonised data protection law across Europe. Larger organisations  may be required to appoint a mandatory data protection officer and penalties may rise to 2% of their global financial turnover if found in breach of the DPA. Although discussions will take place in 2013, the finalised version will not appear until 2014.

Source: The Guardian

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