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Article 29 Working Party Publishes Guidelines on Personal Data Breach Notification

On 3 October 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) published draft guidelines on personal data breach notification (“Guidelines”) under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/279 (“GDPR”). In this blog, we look at...more

Article 29 Working Party Publishes Guidelines on Automated Individual Decision Making and Profiling

On 17 October 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (“Art 29 WP”) published draft guidelines on automated individual decision-making and profiling (“Guidelines”). In the Guidelines, the Art 29 WP states that profiling and...more

Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Publishes Final Guidelines on Data Protection Impact Assessments

On 4 October 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) released its final guidelines on Data Protection Impact Assessments (“DPIA”), which were initially proposed in draft form in April 2017. Article 35 of the General Data...more

House of Lords Publishes Briefing on Data Protection Bill

The House of Lords Library, which provides research and information services to Members of the House of Lords, has published a briefing on the Data Protection Bill (“Bill”) which sets out an overview of and reactions to the...more

Proposal for a Regulation on the Free Flow of Non-personal Data in the EU

The European Commission has issued a proposal for a new Regulation on the free flow of non-personal data (“the Proposal”). The Commission adopted a Communication in January 2017 on “Building a European Data Economy”, in...more

Spanish DPA Fines Facebook €1.2 Million for Data Protection Infringements

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) has imposed a fine of €1.2 million against Facebook following its investigation into whether Facebook’s data processing activities were in accordance with the Spanish Data...more

ICO Publishes Draft Guidance on Contracts and Liabilities Under the GDPR

The UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) has published draft GDPR guidance on contracts and liabilities between controllers and processors. The draft guidance is currently open for consultation,with responses due by 10 October...more

UK Government Publishes Draft of the Data Protection Bill

On 14 September 2017, the Government published the long-awaited draft of the Data Protection Bill (the Bill). The Bill was first announced in the Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 (see our previous blog) and will incorporate the...more

UK Government Publishes Its Position on UK-EU Data Transfers Post-Brexit

The UK Government has published a position paper (“the Paper”), which will form part of a series of papers setting out key issues forming the Government’s vision for their partnership with the EU post-Brexit. The Paper...more

ICO Confirms That Consent is Not the ‘Silver Bullet’ for GDPR Compliance

In her blog last week, the UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, tackled the issue of consent under the GDPR. This blog, the second in a series to be published by the ICO, is intended to address some of the myths...more

Government Announces Proposals for a New Data Protection Bill

The government has released a Statement of Intent (“the Statement”) for a new Data Protection Bill (“the Bill”). The Bill was originally announced in the Queen’s Speech earlier this year. This Statement provides further...more

House of Lords Publishes Report on Brexit and the EU Data Protection Package

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee (“the Committee”) has published a report on the EU Data Protection Package and the impact of Brexit (“the Report”). The Report considers the implications of the UK’s exit from...more

House of Commons Publishes Briefing Paper on Brexit and Data Protection

The House of Commons Library, which aims to provide impartial research and analysis to MPs and their staff, has published a briefing paper on the impact of Brexit on data protection law in the UK (“the Paper”). The Paper...more

Article 29 Working Party Releases Detailed Opinion on Data Processing in the Workplace

The Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) recently published an opinion on data processing at work (“Opinion”). The Opinion restates the position and conclusions in WP29’s 2001 Opinion on processing personal data in the...more

ICO Publishes International Strategy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has released its International Strategy 2017-2021 (“Strategy”). The Strategy supports its Information Rights Strategic Plan, which we reported on earlier this year. The first...more

Subject Access Requests: ICO Publishes Updated Guidance

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

The Queen’s Speech 2017: The Future for UK Data Protection Regulation

The Queen’s Speech was delivered 21 June 2017, setting out the government’s legislative plans. Key proposals from a data protection perspective include: - The introduction of a new Data Protection Bill, which will...more

ICO’s Strategic Plan for the ‘New Frontier’ of Data Protection

The ICO recently published its Information Rights Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2021 (the ‘Plan’). Within it, the ICO Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, asserts that we are on the “edge of a new frontier,” and that the data...more

Legitimate Interests: A Balancing Act

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently gave its preliminary ruling on the interpretation of the legitimate interests condition under Article 7(f) of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the Directive)...more

One Year to Go – European Commission Issues Statement on Benefits of GDPR

This week, the European Commission’s most senior voices gave an official statement promoting the benefits of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Andrus Ansip (Vice-President) and Vera Jourová (Commissioner) of...more

More GDPR Questions Answered: New Guidelines on DPIAs

Although considered burdensome by some, data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) help controllers assess any data protection implications of their processing operations, with the added benefit of demonstrating compliance...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coalition of Human Rights Organisations Call for Suspension of Privacy Shield

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield has come under scrutiny once again after 17 civil society organisations (the Coalition) sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Justice and Consumers. The 28 February 2017 letter...more

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