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Brexit: Preparing for the Unknown — Practical steps

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

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

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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: July 2016

General Data Protection Regulation Update - As reported in the April Locke Lord Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter, the European Parliament gave the final approval to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on...more

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

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

What Brexit Means for Data Protection

For global pharmaceutical and medical device companies handling personal data in the European Union (EU) or engaged in transatlantic data transfers, some of the many questions created by the Brexit vote include what its...more

The Potential Impact of a BREXIT on the UK’s Data Protection Regime

In immediate response to the outcome of the recent referendum in the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU), the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released the following...more

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

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