Tips for protecting personal information online
16 May 2017
With the recent alarming headlines regarding the global malware cyber-attack, the question of how to protect personal information online has never been more relevant.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”) has released some straightforward and practical guidance on how best to protect personal information online.
The ICO’s advice can be summarised as follows:
- Treat an online transaction the same way you would when conducting a transaction face to face. This means, if you are asked for personal information, ask yourself if you know who is collecting the information, does the information need to be collected and what will be done with the information once collected.
Carson McDowell has a dedicated Information Law team that would be more than happy to discuss any matters relating to data protection, including how to ensure compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations which will come into force in May 2018.