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Online security: How safe is your web data?

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Last week was Data Protection Day (28 January), and it has hopefully raised your awareness about what the UK law is concerning email privacy online.

The annual event is run by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), a government-funded body serving UK online users.

The ICO enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, the Environmental Information Regulations and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.

This year's Data Protection Day involved:

  • The launch of an online privacy survey which revealed 80 per cent of people are concerned about protecting their personal information online
  • A new project aimed at protecting children online called 'i in online'. The scheme targets school children, their parents and teachers and seeks to better inform them all about how to protect information on the web
  • The re-launch of the ICO Personal Information Toolkit - one of the ICO's most popular publications, offering advice on how to guard personal information on the internet, plus setting out people's legal rights to access and correct information held about them

Internet privacy law is a complex topic and the results of the ICO survey highlight four out of five people are worried about the dangers of online privacy abuse.

For anyone living online and who is a victim of privacy abuse, the first step is always contacting a reputable solicitor who specialises in online security on the web.

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