Category Archives: ICO

Pharmacy 2U (and others)

NHS-approved online pharmacy fined for selling off personal data of 20,000 patients


The UK’s largest NHS-approved online pharmacy, Pharmacy2U, has been issued a £130,000 fine by the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) for selling patients’ and customers’ personal data via direct marketers.

Through a marketing company called Alchemy Direct Media Ltd, Pharmacy2U senior executives unlawfully sold the personal data of over 21,000 NHS patients and online customers either directly or through intermediaries, including their names and addresses.

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Tools to help you go private

Unfortunately there is not a simple answer. There’s no way to block GCHQ surveillance completely. Even if you rebelled against technology, ditched your mobile phone, and avoided using heavily-tracked web services like Facebook and Google, you’d still be on surveillance cameras that capture your face, license plate scanners, and credit databases, among other things. But let’s not get pessimistic. There are tools you can use to make it harder for others to track you. They won’t eliminate your footprint, but they’ll blur the picture of you that emerges through your data.

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Information Commissioner’s Office takes action on data loss

Small business fined £5,000 for loss of customer data and two individuals prosecuted for illegally accessing other people’s personal information.Could this happen to you?

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