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Alert: Brexit. Cybersecurity. What you need to know.

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Read our initial Q&A on Brexit and Privacy here. However, it is important to remember that (for now) the UK remains part of the EU and we...more

Data Protection in a Post-Brexit Landscape

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union coincides with a seismic change in data protection law. Once Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked, there will be a period of two years to complete negotiations and...more

Alert: Brexit. Privacy. What You Need to Know.

The people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union and at the moment it is fair to say that the only certainty is uncertainty for the foreseeable future. However, when it comes to data protection - there really is...more

What does the Brexit vote mean for UK data protection?

US companies and policy makers will no doubt spend a good chunk of the day today considering the possible implications for them of yesterday’s UK vote for Brexit. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, has issued a...more

Secretive Direct Marketers Face Fresh Restrictions on their Anonymity

From 16 May, those making (or instigating) direct marketing telephone calls must provide Caller Line Identification (‘CLI’) when making calls live or through automated means. The display of their telephone numbers to...more

EU General Data Protection Regulation in force from 25 May 2018: the Countdown to Compliance starts now

The long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4 May 2016. This means that the most comprehensive reform to the EU’s omnibus data protection law in 20 years...more

New Encryption Guidance Published by the ICO

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released updated guidance on the use of encryption. The guidance highlights that in many areas, the ICO expects encryption software to be used, and in the future where data...more

WiFi Privacy: Network Analytics Guidance Issued by ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance to help wireless (WiFi) operators understand their duties under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when collecting and using location and other analytics...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - April 2016

News & Legislation Update - Gender Pay Gap Reporting Draft Regulations published - The first draft of regulations requiring any employer in the UK with at least 250 employees to publish information about the...more

Information Commissioner’s Office issues updated guidance on Direct Marketing

At the end of March, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued updated guidance on the law in relation to Direct Marketing. The ICO notes in its accompanying blog post that the law applies “equally to any and all...more

Update on the UK’s Information Commissioner, IP Addresses and Russia’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Laws

With the Privacy Shield, the Umbrella Agreement and the GDPR capturing significant attention, it would be easy to overlook some of the other important developments that have taken place in the data protection sphere. We have...more

Mobile apps and data protection, the ICO revisits

Given the widespread popularity and quotidian usage of mobile apps, the issue of privacy should not be forgotten. Last year the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) conducted a thorough privacy review of 21 popular mobile...more

Alert: You Can't Hide Behind Your EULA

Companies trying to shift liability for data breach by hiding catch-all exclusion clauses in End User Licence Agreements (EULAs) can learn from one company's latest antics. What's happened? At the end of last year,...more

Happy Data Protection Day! ICO and Senate Committee’s spotlight on data protection

In preparation for European Data Protection Day on 28 January, the ICO commissioned a survey on attitudes towards data protection. The YouGov poll revealed growing public concern over data privacy and security. Of more...more

European Institutions give the GDPR a warm welcome

In December, we reported that the European Parliament and Council had reached agreement on the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As 2015 drew to a close, the agreement was welcomed and approved by various...more

The UK’s data protection regulator cracks the enforcement whip

As 2015 draws to a close, the UK’s Data Protection Regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), is making sure it ends the year with a bang. The past few months have seen a significant increase in enforcement...more

UK Information Commissioner’s Office Assesses Nuisance Calls Fines

The Information Commissioner’s Officer (“ICO”) has issued a fine of £200,000, its largest ever penalty for nuisance calls, to Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd. (“HELM”), a green energy company. HELM was investigated...more

ICO upholds FCA FOI disclosure refusal

ICO has upheld the FCA decision to refuse to disclose certain information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) relating to countries FCA deems to present a high money laundering risk. FCA had been asked to disclose...more

Round-up of Safe Harbor guidance issued by EU Data Protection Authorities

October has been a busy month for Data Protection Authorities in the EU. Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment in Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362-14) on 6 October,...more

UPDATE: Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? The European Court of Justice Answers with a Resounding “No”

On September 28, 2015, we released a client alert noting that European Commission Decision 2000/520, known as the “Safe Harbor” for U.S. companies handling the private data of EU citizens, was under attack in the advisory...more

No Safe Harbour? Immediate Implications for Employers

A landmark decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that companies may no longer rely on “Safe Harbour” to justify transferring personal data from the European Union to the US, because the US Government has a...more

The Safe Harbor Ruling – FAQs and What Your Business Should Do Now

Overview questions - 1. I’m Safe Harbor certified and have seen news articles reporting that “Safe Harbor is invalid”. What does that mean? On 6 October, the European Court of Justice delivered a judgment which...more

UK Patients’ Data Exposed by Group Email

The 56 Dean Street Clinic, which is operated by the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust and specializes in HIV and other sexual health services, has apologized for the error which revealed (to all 780 recipients) the full names...more

UK first: right-to-be-forgotten notice issued against Google Inc.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) has published what appears to be its first public enforcement notice based upon “the right to be forgotten” against Google Inc. The “right to be forgotten” was introduced by...more

Subject Access Request risk: limits in sight?

A recent High Court case took a very robust stance on the issue of DSARs (Data Subject Access Requests) being used to fuel litigation. An individual can make a DSAR to request access to any of his/her personal...more

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