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UK Parliament Passes New Digital Economy Act

by Hogan Lovells on

The Digital Economy Bill passed into UK law last Thursday 27 April 2017 amidst the flurry of activity known as the “wash up” period before the dissolution of Parliament and ahead of the early general election in the UK to be...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy The GDPR - new data governance obligations on businesses

Let’s start with the good news. The current obligation to register with the national data protection authority will be abolished. Along with the fines and criminal offences of failing to do so. In its place, the...more

‘Once in a Generation’ Legislative Changes: the ICO’s Strategy for GDPR Challenges

by Reed Smith on

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has recently given some valuable insights into the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) strategy. Addressing the House of Lords EU...more

UK ICO Requests Input for Guidance on GDPR Profiling Requirements

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK ICO has published what it describes as a feedback request on profiling and automated decision-making, with the intention that responses will “help inform the UK’s contribution to the WP29 guidelines due to be published...more

Man vs. Machine: the ICO Provides Guidance On Use of Big Data

by Reed Smith on

As the European data protection framework evolves, big data remains a hot topic. Often, what makes up these large data sets is personal data, so it has clear data protection implications. The Information Commissioner’s...more

UK Privacy Regulator Addresses Data Protection Under The GDPR

by King & Spalding on

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) held its annual Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference. During the conference, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who was appointed to...more

United Kingdom Privacy Office Issues Guidance on Consent Under GDPR

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect in May 2018, will require companies to reassess their mechanisms for obtaining, tracking, and verifying individuals' consent. Companies will need clear and...more

ICO Seeks Extra Resources for GDPR Enforcement

by Alston & Bird on

On March 13, 2017, Elizabeth Denham, head of the UK data protection authority (“ICO”) publicly expressed her intention to massively recruit new personnel in an effort to be ready for the European (“EU”) general data...more

UK ICO Publishes Guidance on Consent Under GDPR

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has just published draft guidance on consent under GDPR. This is an interesting move given that the Article 29 Working Party has promised guidance on the same topic later this year,...more

Health Company Fined by UK’s Information Commissioner Office

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a monetary penalty notice which fined a private healthcare company, HCA International, £200,000 for its failure to keep sensitive data secure....more

UK Launches Public Consultation on GDPR Consent Guidance

by Alston & Bird on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, replacing UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). It is yet unclear how Brexit will play out, yet in the meantime the United Kingdom is moving to...more

UK Reaffirms Commitment to GDPR while ICO Increases its International Focus

by Reed Smith on

At the beginning of February, the Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy, Matt Hancock, reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to implementing legislation mirroring the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),...more

Article 29 Working Party Adopts its 2017 Action Plan

by Reed Smith on

In early January, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted its 2017 Action Plan (Action Plan) on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Amongst the actions proposed, the Action Plan...more

ICO to Assume Telephone Preference Service Responsibility

by Reed Smith on

Effective 30 December 2016, the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) will be responsible for recording and maintaining the Telephone Preference Service (‘TPS’) register. The TPS is a free service offered to the...more

UK ICO Issues New Guidance on Privacy Notices

by Locke Lord LLP on

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the independent authority responsible for the enforcement of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), has issued a revised code of practice (the Code) on communicating privacy...more

The Subject Access Request That Led to a Security Breach, or Why Having a System to Respond to Access Requests Is Essential

by Reed Smith on

In August, the UK’s data protection regulator, the ICO, fined a Hertfordshire GP practice £40,000 under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) after a subject access request (“SAR”) went badly wrong. A lack of process, training...more

United Kingdom to Implement EU General Data Protection Regulation

by Morgan Lewis on

UK Secretary of State Karen Bradley recently confirmed that the United Kingdom will implement the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the regulation by which the European Commission intends to...more

UK ICO Offers Guidance on Privacy Notices Under the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an anticipated guidance, the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) updated its code of practice for privacy notices titled Privacy notices, transparency and control (the Code). Significantly, the ICO has...more

TalkTalk Loses Appeal Against £1,000 fine at the Information Tribunal

by Locke Lord LLP on

Telecoms service provider TalkTalk has lost an appeal against it for a £1,000 fixed penalty after the Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) ruled it had failed to report a personal data breach within the required 24 hours’...more

Cybersecurity in life sciences: what is your duty of care?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Cybersecurity continues to be headline-grabbing news, particularly following recent reports of high-profile cyber attacks on a number of major well-known corporations. Conscious of their fiduciary duties, boardrooms of global...more

IT, Commercial and Outsourcing Contracts: Brexit Top 10

According to Theresa May, the UK’s recently installed prime minister, Brexit means Brexit. But what this actually means in practice is still unknown. There is still a huge amount of debate over what Brexit will look like,...more

Brexit: Preparing for the Unknown — Practical steps

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has said: “The country voted to leave the European Union, and as prime minister I will make sure that we leave the European Union.” That seems like a clear statement, but the...more

Brexit: Baroness Neville-Rolfe on Data Implications

by Reed Smith on

At the beginning of July, Baroness Neville-Rolfe gave a speech at the annual Privacy Laws & Business conference, outlining the government’s stance on the implications of Brexit for a range of data issues including the GDPR,...more

Brexit: What You Need To Know - Data Protection

by Locke Lord LLP on

Despite the potential Brexit, the long awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is due to come into force on May 25, 2018 remains relevant to the UK, as the UK is highly likely to still be a member state of the...more

BREXIT: What Does It Mean for Data Protection and What Should You Be Doing Now?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While we wait to see what the BREXIT result will mean for the UK’s data protection regime, it is important to recognize that the result will not change anything immediately. The exact nature of the post-BREXIT UK-EU...more

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