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Nov
12
2020

Time to update your social media policy?
#Employment #Data Protection

In light of the new social media guidance the BBC imposed on its own employees, employers should be carefully considering whether or not their own social media policy sufficiently protects their interests....

Oct
26
2020

ICO Updates Right of Access Guidance
#Data Protection #Employment

Following extensive consultation that began in December 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has finally published their updated guidance on the Right of Access, namely the ability for an individual to submit a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) to a processor of their personal data. ...

Oct
07
2020

£32.1m fine for employee surveillance
#Data Protection #Employment

Following an investigation by the Data Protection Authority of Hamburg, fashion retailer H&M has been fined the equivalent of £32.1m for illegally monitoring of its employees....

Oct
01
2020

Police use of facial recognition
#Data Protection #Information Technology #Commercial

The Court of Appeal recently handed down its decision in the case of R v Bridges [2020] EWCA Civ 1058, the first case of its kind in the world dealing with law enforcement use of live facial recognition. ...

Jul
17
2020

Privacy Shield Declared Invalid by CJEU
#Data Protection

The CJEU yesterday handed down its long awaited decision on questions put to it regarding Data Protection ...

Mar
31
2020

What happens to my data?
#Data Protection

Increasingly, the information we need and use every day is stored, accessed and controlled online. We have become accustomed to the convenience and efficiency of being able to access significant swathes of information about ourselves, our business and the world at the tap of a button. ...

Feb
21
2020

Police use of Facial Recognition - Artificial Discrimination?
#Data Protection #Information Technology

It has been some months since the High Court delivered its judgment in R v Bridges concerning the use by South Wales police (SWP) of live facial recognition (LFR) in a public place. For further details see our case analysis here. (link) The claimant has since appealed the decision in the Court of Appeal and the SWP is still under investigation by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)....

Jan
27
2020

Subject Access Request Compliance Update
#Data Protection #Employment

Despite the consultation period for their draft Right of Access Guidance remaining open until the 12th February, the Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”) has amended its published guidance on the timescales for Data Subject Access Request (“DSAR”) compliance. ...

Dec
20
2019

ePrivacy Regulation – The latest!
#Data Protection

Amidst the hype of the GDPR in 2018, one other area of data protection reform progressed relatively under the radar – the ePrivacy Regulation. Surprising given the potential impact this could have on an organisations’ marketing practices....

Dec
19
2019

Breaking News - Standard Contractual Clauses and Privacy Shield - latest developments with Facebook case
#Data Protection #Data Protection #Personal Data #Facebook #CJEU #Privacy Shield Protections

Advocate General, Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has just handed down his opinion in response to a referral by the High Court of Ireland for preliminary rulings of law. The High Court case in question related to complaints made by Max Schrems against Facebook Ireland and Facebook Inc concerning the transfer of Mr Schrems' personal data to the United States (U.S)....

Dec
12
2019

ICO Launch Consultation into Subject Access Request Guidance
#Data Protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation to invite views from the public on its new guidance for subject access requests....

Dec
04
2019

GDPR Fines Across the EU
#Data Protection

The GDPR increased the fines available to EU supervisory authorities for breaches of data protection requirements. Now, as we celebrate the GDPR’s 18-month birthday, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at some of the largest fines imposed to date and where in the EU we are seeing these....

Dec
04
2019

General Election 2019: Party Manifestos on Data Protection
#Data Protection

Data protection has been a hot topic since the introduction of the GDPR in May 2018, so what can we expect from the main political parties after the general election in December? We have taken a look at their manifestos…...

Nov
15
2019

New GDPR Special Category Data Guidance Published
#Data Protection

There are some types of special category data under the GDPR that attract a higher level of protection given their sensitive nature....

Oct
04
2019

Cookies and Consent - CJEU found pre-ticked boxes not sufficient
#Data Protection

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has just handed down its ruling on questions of consent for the use of cookies in Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände – Veerbracherzentrale Bundesverband eV v Planet49 GmbH (“Planet 49 case”)....

Oct
02
2019

Privacy Concerns: Facial Recognition in Public Spaces, Chrysilla de Vere writes extended article for The Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
#Data Protection #Information Technology

Live facial recognition technology or automatic facial recognition (AFR) adds another dimension to CCTV monitoring and other surveillance methods. Using biometrics (certain physical and physiological features), the technology can map facial features to identify particular individuals by matching these with a database of known faces. ...

Sep
13
2019

Organisations continue to struggle with GDPR compliance, especially SMEs
#Data Protection

We are almost 18 months on from the implementation of the GDPR on 25 May 2018 and there have been a wealth of surveys reflecting on how well (or not) organisations have done in meeting the new requirements. ...

Sep
11
2019

Case Analysis: R (Bridges) v CCSWP and SSHD [2019] EWHC 2341
#Data Protection #Information Technology

On 4 September 2019 the world’s first decision regarding the privacy implications of facial recognition was handed down by the High Court in Cardiff. The implications of the case were of such significance that both the Information Commissioner and Surveillance Camera Commissioner joined as Interveners. ...

Aug
19
2019

Facial Recognition in Public Spaces Raises Data Protection Concerns
#Data Protection #Information Technology

You are walking along a side street towards your office. Unbeknown to you a private company has installed closed circuit television with facial recognition capabilities and is tracking your movements. Is this lawful?...

Aug
16
2019

ICO updated guidance on the timeframe for complying with subject access requests
#Data Protection

The ICO has updated its guidance on the timeframe for compliance with subject access requests. ...

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