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The European Court of Justice’s decision in the Google case that it was required to remove links to “outdated” or “irrelevant” information about an individual has brought EU data privacy laws to the forefront of public...more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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK Data Protection Regulator ICO Flexes Power to Impose Fine - Sony Fined for Data Breach

Introduction - On 24 January 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) served Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited (“Sony”) with a monetary penalty of £250,000 following a serious breach of data security...more

The Sony data breach fine: A hand-slap from London now, but what would it have been under the proposed new EU Data Protection...

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Sony £250,000 for the widely publicized 2011 security breach during which hackers gained access to personal data (including credit card information) of over 77 million...more

Leveson on Data Protection in the UK: What Do Allegations of Phone Hacking Have to Do With Data Protection?

The much-anticipated Leveson Inquiry on the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press (“Leveson Report” or “Report”) was released on November 29, 2012. The inquiry leading to the Report was initiated as a response to ongoing...more

UK Information Commissioner issues guidance on deleting personal data and the use of cloud computing

The UK Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) imposes various restrictions on “data controllers”, such as employers, when “processing” personal data relating to individuals. In particular, employers must comply with eight data...more

ICO Guidance on Deleting Personal Data Under the Data Protection Act

New guidance defines when electronically held personal data is "beyond use" once deleted. As part of its mission to assist companies to understand and fulfil their obligations under the UK's Data Protection Act 1998...more

UK Information Commissioner's Office issues Guidance on the Deletion of Personal Data under the Data Protection Act 1998

On 16 August 2012, the ICO published guidance on deleting personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The guidance describes how organisations can ensure compliance with the DPA when they delete or archive...more

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