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DeepMind Deal with NHS Trust Reveals Privacy Concerns

Back in 2015, DeepMind, a Google company, signed a deal with the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust. The deal allowed DeepMind access to 1.6 million patients health information as well as the ability to develop an app called...more

New UK Subject Access Code of Practice

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This month the ICO updated its Subject Access Code of Practice, which gives guidance to data controllers on how to respond to subject access requests from data subjects. The Code itself is not legally binding, but provides...more

Subject Access Requests: ICO Publishes Updated Guidance

by Reed Smith on

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published an updated data subject access code of practice (the Code) to reflect developments following two major Court of Appeal judgments published in early 2017: Dawson-Damer...more

Defamation and Data Protection: A Twin-Barrelled Approach to Claims Against Publishers

by Reed Smith on

In the recent case of Prince Moulay Hicham v Elaph Publishing Limited, the Court of Appeal held in a unanimous decision that a claimant could include an action under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) as an alternative...more

How the General Data Protection Regulation Will Apply to and Affect the UK

by Morgan Lewis on

The GDPR will apply to the UK when it is effective on May 25, 2018, but the government will need to adopt domestic data privacy legislation upon the UK’s pending exit from the EU....more

Defamation and data protection claims can be brought in parallel

by White & Case LLP on

The English Court of Appeal has confirmed in a recent case that data protection claims may be brought hand-in-hand with defamation claims. The case provides a reminder to businesses that the use of data protection as a weapon...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

A Sea Change for Beneficiaries' Right to Information?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Court of Appeal’s ruling in Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing offers beneficiaries rights of access to personal data held by trustees and their legal advisers. This is a landmark case in which our clients, the claimants,...more

High Court Permits University’s Contravention of Its Own Privacy Policy

by Reed Smith on

The High Court in Bangura v Loughborough University [2016] EWHC 1503 (QB) ruled 19 May that Loughborough University acted lawfully under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) in supplying Leicestershire Police with the...more

BREXIT: Data Protection

by K&L Gates LLP on

This Brexit Bite assesses the post-Brexit landscape with respect to the UK’s data protection laws. It is important to remember that the UK remains a member of the European Union until the terms of its withdrawal have been...more

UK Data Privacy Laws in a Post-Brexit World

by Morgan Lewis on

Following the United Kingdom’s nonbinding vote to leave the European Union (“Brexit”), what do businesses need to consider for data privacy compliance?...more

What does BREXIT mean for data protection?

by Dentons on

On 23 June 2016, the UK is holding a referendum as to whether to stay in the European Union or leave it.  But what does a BREXIT (a British Exit from the EU) mean for data protection?  Most of the UK law on data protection...more

Employment Law Briefing

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Whistleblowing can be a valuable tool for businesses, providing an early warning system against corporate malpractice and demonstrating a compliance culture. Hotlines are now established as an important tool in the...more

UK Supreme Court to re-consider compensation rights under Data Protection Act

by Dentons on

This week, Google has been granted permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court as part of the decision in Google Inc. v. Vidal-Hall & Others (2015). This is about rights to claim compensation for breaches of the Data...more

Scope for damages for data protection violations in the UK widened by the Court of Appeal

by Dechert LLP on

The English Court of Appeal recently gave judgement in a case arising out of the tracking of Internet behaviour via a web browser. In Vidal-Hall v Google1, the Court of Appeal found that...more

Data Privacy Law in the UK, Part III: Employment Background Checks and Monitoring

In parts one and two of this series summarizing data protection law in the United Kingdom, we looked at the data protection principles to which employers must adhere in relation to obtaining, holding, or disposing of personal...more

Data Privacy Law in the UK, Part II: Data Security and Restrictions on Data Transfers for U.S. Employers

The European Court of Justice’s decision in the Google case that it was required to remove links to “outdated” or “irrelevant” information about an individual has brought EU data privacy laws to the forefront of public...more

Europe Under Review: Part 7 Of 8 – Privacy Governance

by Dentons on

As the next in our series of “back to privacy basics”, we look at the rules regarding privacy governance. As we will do throughout this series, we take a look at the current position and what is best practice for an...more

The latest thinking from Europe (while we are waiting for the Regulation)

(LONDON) Privacy practitioners from the US and Europe gathered in London on April 30 and May 1 to discuss current thinking about privacy policy, regulation and compliance at the IAPP’s European Data Protection Intensive...more

Europe Under Review: Part 1 Of 8 – Registration

by Dentons on

Over the next few weeks we will be going back to data privacy basics in our eight part “Europe under Review” blog series. We will be comparing current data privacy laws and best practice in the UK with the proposed new state...more

Top Tips for Successful Recruitment

by K&L Gates LLP on

Recent surveys have shown that companies of all sizes are optimistic about their ability to expand and create jobs in 2014. With business confidence said to be at its highest since 1994, now is a good time for employers to...more

UK's Information Commissioner’s Office issues guidance on dealing with requests from individuals for personal information

by Dechert LLP on

Dealing with a subject access request (SAR), whether or not the person making the request is an employee, can be very time consuming. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a Code of Practice in August 2013 on...more

Data Protection Act – Obligations of Liquidators

by Reed Smith on

A judgment recently handed down from the High Court clarifies the obligations of liquidators under the Data Protection Act 1998, providing them with greater personal protection from fines or other sanctions. Reed Smith...more

Social Networking And Online Forums – Privacy

by Dentons on

Last month, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (UK ICO) published guidance on the application of the Data Protection Act 1998 (UK DPA) to social networking sites and online forums....more

ICO Fine Signals International Risks of Data Breaches

On January 24, 2013, the UK Data Protection Watchdog — the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) — fined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited £250,000 (about $400,000) for its alleged failure to implement...more

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