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Dodgy data? Don't delete.

Tagged with ico, accountability, evidence, list, gdpr compliance, gdpr, compliance, dpa, data,
by Adam Brogden
in Blog

13-Oct-2020 16:36

When faced with ICO action, many businesses try to hide any dodgy or illegal data from enforcement agents. After their initial contact with the ICO, one firm deleted a key database which revealed the extend of the volume of spam emails that were sent unlawfully. This database showed that the firm has gathered nonconsensual data from many different sites, such as email contacts and Linkedin and sent unlawful marketing emails offering PPE, even though the firm is not involved with the PPE/medical trade.

The firm were accused of trying to profit out of the pandemic and broke key GDPR principles to try and sell face masks. They were fined £40,000 and were issued with an enforcement notice to stop the unlawful activity within 30 days.

If a complaint is made against your business, we find that working with the ICO and showing that your business is making good and reasonable effort to be GDPR compliant is that best course of action. As this firm deleted key evidence and broke the law, the ICO had no choice but to enforce a harsh fine and enforcement action.

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Good luck all.

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