ICO Statement on changes to WhatsApp and Facebook’s handling of personal data

14 September, 20160 Comments
The Information Commissioner has responded to changes WhatsApp and Facebook are making to how they handle customers’ personal data. Elizabeth Denham said: “The changes WhatsApp and Facebook are making will affect a lot of people. Some might consider it’ll give them a better service, others may be concerned by the lack of control. “Our role
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ICO say UK Agents need to do more to protect tenants’ sensitive data

04 May, 20160 Comments
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have recently released their findings from an enquiry into the residential lettings and sales sector, which reveals that UK agents need to do more to comply with the data protection principles. Looking to gain a better understanding of the data handling practices, information risks and challenges that letting agents face,
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ICO tells agents to improve handling of personal data

01 February, 20160 Comments
Agents have been warned by an official watchdog for the way they handle clients’ personal data. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has now issued a report with a string of observations after visiting a series of letting and estate agents’ offices. The observations included: – Staff having little formal training in data protection; – Vendors, landlords and
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Due Diligence for Live in Landlords, including the Immigration Bill.

18 April, 20140 Comments
The biggest worry facing a live in landlord is the kind of person their lodger might be (aside from whether they’re simply compatible) – are they a criminal, likely to be violent or damage your home?  Will they pay the rent on time?  Will they respect you and your home? It’s a staggering fact that
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ICO say Social Landlords need to do more to protect tenants’ sensitive data

24 February, 20140 Comments
A recent report by the Information Commissioners Office has found that social landlords need to do more to protect their tenants’ data. Based on the findings from 9 visits and 4 audits of Housing Associations and “Arm’s-length management organisations”, the ICO found that social landlords need to improve their policies and procedures regarding data sharing,
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BREAKING NEWS: Tenant register and tenant referencing now a legal requirement…

11 December, 20130 Comments
…In 2031! But what if? And why not? What with landlords in Scotland already having a national register of landlords, ongoing debates regarding the introduction of a mandatory registration and licensing scheme in Wales – how long is it going to be before we see this introduced in England? Is this really about fairness and
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F.A.I.R – A New Era of transparent referencing

19 November, 20130 Comments
Today is the official launch of the partnership between Landlord Referencing Services LLP and Equifax UK – the only company to date that offers both credit and lifestyle referencing services alongside one another. With this new era of transparent and cost effective referencing, gone are the days where a landlord or agent could simply say
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Don’t name your tenants online – Join LRS instead

12 November, 20130 Comments
The Information Commissioners Office states that landlords cannot publicly display their tenants rent arrears, so what can a landlord do to warn others about their tenants previous rental history without breaking the law? A landlord recently joined LRS and posted his own “Tenant Reviews” (from his own website) within our community forum.  These did not
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