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ICO requires “stronger powers” and “a clearer guarantee of independence”

UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has warned it has never been more important that the general public has an independent regulator overseeing the handling of people’s personal data.

Speaking at the launch of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Annual Report earlier today, Christopher Graham highlighted how the troubled launch of care.data, Facebook’s research and the so-called Google ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling show why there’s a need to have an independent regulator.

Christopher Graham: the Information Commissioner

Christopher Graham: the Information Commissioner

Graham also warned that independence relies on strong powers and sustainable funding.

The Annual Report shows that the ICO responded to a record number of data protection and Freedom of Information complaints this year.

Sometimes the State is the issue

“Facebook, care.data, Google: it’s clear that organisations’ use of data is getting ever more complicated,” stressed Graham. “People need to know someone is watching over their information. That someone needs to be independent of Government and business so the public know the regulator can be trusted. Sometimes the State is itself the issue. When the Intelligence and Security Committee wanted to know how the Snowden revelations fitted with data protection law, it turned to the Information Commissioner.”

Graham added: “Independence means someone who has the resources to take on this ever-growing number of cases. The last twelve months have witnessed a record – more complaints resolved than ever, more enforcement action taken and more advice given through our Helpline. It also means having the powers to act on the more serious complaints. A strong regulator is needed if a data breach affects millions of people.”

In conclusion, the Information Commissioner explained: “That someone is the Information Commissioner. We’re effective, efficient and busier than ever but, to do our job properly and to represent people properly, we need stronger powers, more sustainable funding and a clearer guarantee of independence.”

The report’s figures in detail

This year’s Annual Report shows that the ICO has handled 259,903 calls to its Helpline and resolved 15,492 data protection complaints – in both cases a rise of over 10% on the previous financial year.

The ICO has also decided on 5,296 Freedom of Information complaints (a 12% rise on last year’s figure), and received 161,720 reports from people concerned about spam texts and nuisance calls.

For the past five years the ICO has faced a reduction in its funding for FOI, while the proposed EU data protection reforms would remove the notification fee that funds the ICO’s work under the Data Protection Act.

The ICO’s written submission to the Intelligence and Security Committee in February is now available.

The Information Commissioner will appear before the Intelligence and Security Committee in the autumn.

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Norbain offers Arecont Vision MegaBall® 2 cameras with Panomorph Lens

Norbain is offering customers the new Arecont Vision MegaBall® 2 Series of cameras. Models provide wide area coverage with significant cost-efficiencies.

The MegaBall® 2 comes with an ImmerVision Panomorph lens that can capture 180° and 360° fields of view with de-warping, providing up to four times more angular resolution in peripheral areas of a scene than conventional ‘fish eye’ lenses.

Key features of the MegaBall® 2 include:

• Day/night operation
• H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10)/MJPEG dual encoders
• Privacy masking
• Extended motion detection with 1,024 distinct motion detection zones
• Flexible cropping to adjust image sizes
• The ability to choose PoE or external power

The new Arecont Vision MegaBall® 2 cameras

The new Arecont Vision MegaBall® 2 cameras

Installation of the MegaBall® 2 Series has been made simpler with integrated cable management and a three-axis adjustment. The cameras are available in wall, surface and flush mount configurations and are supplied in light grey or black tamper-resistant housings.

Raul Calderon, senior vice-president of Arecont Vision, commented: “Our new MegaBall® 2 Panomorph megapixel cameras deliver the ideal balance of performance and cost-efficiency for a wide variety of applications that do not require the precision of our high-performance SurroundVideo panoramic megapixel cameras.”

Calderon added: “Unlike conventional fish eye cameras, MegaBall® 2 Panomorph cameras provide images with clarity in peripheral areas which, in effect, increases their area coverage.”

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IDIS NVR leads the pack in Benchmark Magazine review

Risk UK’s sister publication Benchmark Magazine – the UK-based journal dedicated to “driving innovation in the security industry” – has completed an independent test of the IDIS DR6116P Network Video Recorder (NVR). The magazine awarded the IDIS NVR a rating of 85, featuring the results of the product test in its July 2014 issue where IDIS received the highest rating of all NVRs featured in the magazine’s round-up.

In its review, Benchmark Magazine lists the DR6116P NVR as a “recommended” product, noting the robust features and functionality of the IDIS NVR. The magazine describes products given a “recommended status” as those that have “no obvious flaws or performance issues, do not lack credibility and have been designed for simple installation and operation.”

With regard to the IDIS DR6116P, the magazine specifically mentions the integrated provision of the IDIS Center software package – “to deliver remote connectivity and system control” – and speaks to the NVR’s place as part of IDIS’ one-stop-shop DirectIP total solution.

It notes that ONVIF devices may be used with the DVR and that IDIS offers a “true plug-and-play” and simple to configure networked surveillance solution.

Commitment to innovative R&D

Brian Song, managing director of IDIS Europe, commented: “It’s always an honour to have IDIS quality recognised by credible industry experts such as those at Benchmark Magazine. It’s especially gratifying to learn the IDIS DR6116P NVR received the highest rating of all those solutions reviewed.”

Song continued: “The DR6116P and all of our NVR offerings reflect IDIS’s commitment to innovative research and development and industry-leading product quality. Our NVRs deliver on that commitment as an essential part of our DirectIP total solution—one that offers customers everything required to build a cost-effective, powerful and simple to install networked surveillance solution.”

Benchmark Magazine is a monthly, UK-based print and online publication with a global readership dedicated to the delivery of “essential information for those involved in the specification and purchase of advanced security solutions.” Through unbiased evaluations of security solutions, Benchmark seeks to provide vital information to the marketplace by way of independent testing, system and technology assessments, field-based analysis, educational articles and informed debate.

The magazine is offered in free electronic versions, and is also available for print subscription. Visit: http://www.benchmarkmagazine.com for further details.

Benchmark Innovation Awards

Benchmark Magazine previously recommended the IDIS DirectIP™ platform, and honoured DirectIP™ as a finalist in the 2014 Benchmark Innovation Awards.

IDIS offers DirectIP as an end-to-end solution comprising a range of cameras, monitors, NVRs and comprehensive video management software.

DirectIP delivers “unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity combined with high quality performance and industry-leading affordability”.

For more information on IDIS NVRs and DirectIP visit: http://www.idisglobal.com

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British Security Services held to account in open court over “blanket surveillance”

This week, Liberty is appearing at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in its legal claim against the British Intelligence Services over what the civil liberties concern dubs “the ongoing surveillance scandal”.

The group is bringing the claim on its own behalf and on behalf of a number of its partner organisations in other countries, including the ACLU.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is also hearing claims brought by Privacy International and Amnesty International.

The organisations are concerned that their private communications may have been monitored under GCHQ’s electronic surveillance programme Tempora, whose existence was revealed by Edward Snowden.

Shami Chakrabarti: director of Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti: director of Liberty

They also complain that information obtained through the NSA’s Prism and Upstream programmes may have been shared with the British Intelligence Services in a way that gets round the protections provided by our legal system.

Article 8 and Article 10

James Welch, Liberty’s legal director, explained: “As legislation is introduced to paper over one crack in the crumbling surveillance state, another faces challenge. Not content with forcing service providers to keep details of our calls and browsing histories, the Government is fighting to retain the right to trawl through our communications with anyone outside and many inside the country. When will it learn that it’s neither ethical nor efficient to turn everyone into suspects?”

Liberty argues that the interference with its – and its clients’ – communications is a breach of Article 8 (the right to respect for their private life) and Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

There is no clear legal framework – within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 or otherwise – that permits Tempora’s collection and storage of such vast amounts of communications.

Liberty states that the scale of data being obtained cannot be described as either necessary or proportionate.

The preliminary hearing started on Monday 14 July and is scheduled to continue all week at Court 19 of the Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, commencing daily at 10.30 am.

The Parties in the case are Liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, Privacy International, Amnesty International, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Legal Resources Centre (South Africa).

Liberty is represented by Matthew Ryder QC (Matrix Chambers), Eric Metcalfe (Monckton Chambers) and Edward Craven (Matrix Chambers).

Read Liberty’s Grounds of Claim

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New Supply Chain Risk Management Standard published by ASIS International

​ASIS International has issued a new standard to help organisations address operational risks in their supply chains, including risks to tangible and intangible assets.

Developed by a global, cross-disciplinary technical team in partnership with the Supply Chain Security Council, the ‘Supply Chain Risk Management: A Compilation of Best Practises’ Standard will serve as a practitioner’s guide to Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) and associated processes for the management of risks within a given company and its end-to-end supply chain.

This guidance Standard is a compilation of current Best Practice techniques. It presents a generic approach to risk and resilience management that’s applicable to all types of risk and all types of organisations. View the Executive Summary (PDF). ASIS members are allowed one free download.

Assessment and control of risk events

SCRM is a vital process for organisations reliant upon extended operations – both internal and external – for their success. It involves the assessment and control of risk events at all points in an end-to-end supply chain, from sources of raw materials through to end use by customers and consumers alike.

ASIS International has produced a new Supply Chain Risk Management Standard

ASIS International has produced a new Supply Chain Risk Management Standard

“In today’s global economy, all organisations have critical dependencies and interdependencies,” explained Dr Marc H Siegel, commissioner of the ASIS Global Standards Initiative. “Therefore, to build a resilient business it’s essential to understand the organisation’s supply chain and how risks within the business and its supply chain impact the achievement of objectives.”

Dr Siegel added: “Based on the experiences of both large and small organisations, this is the first standard to provide practical guidance around managing risks in the supply chain to increase the resilience capacity for businesses and create value.”

The SCRM Standard will help practitioners anticipate, prevent, protect, mitigate, manage, respond to and recover from potentially undesirable and disruptive events, as well as identify opportunities.

However, the best strategy for addressing risk events will be determined by the organisation’s context of operations, its risk appetite and the results of risk assessments.

Adoption of this standard should build on rather than supplant existing specialisedd risk programmes.

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