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The UK Data Protection Authority Clarifies the Status of the BCRs It Approves

by WilmerHale on

Brexit raises critical issues regarding the future transfer of personal data outside of the EU, not least as to the role of the UK Data Protection Authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), and as to its...more

UK Introduces Draft Data Protection Bill

by Alston & Bird on

A few days ago the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport introduced the Data Protection Bill 2017 (“the Bill”). Once adopted by the legislature, the Bill will replace the Data Protection Act 1998, which is...more

Consent under the General Data Protection Regulation: what are the alternatives for employers?

by Dechert LLP on

The UK's Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has launched a series of blogs designed to “bust some of the myths” which she believes have developed around the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Her first...more

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

The dangers of direct marketing: Seeking consent or asking for trouble?

by White & Case LLP on

The UK Information Commissioner's Office has issued fines to two businesses for unlawfully sending emails to individuals to ask about their marketing preferences. These cases emphasise the fact that "marketing" in this...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

Disclosing personal data – new protections for regulated sector firms?

by White & Case LLP on

New protections are being proposed in the UK to allow regulated sector firms to share information regarding suspicions relating to money laundering and terrorist financing, in circumstances where law enforcement has been...more

ICO Reminds Organisations of EU-U.S. Personal Data Transfer Obligations

by Reed Smith on

The Interim Deputy Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), Steve Wood, has published a blog reminding organisations of their obligations when transferring personal data to the United States, pursuant to...more

Employment Law Briefing

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Brexit — Keep Calm and Carry On - The Brexit referendum elicited strong feelings amongst “Leavers” and “Remainers”, and will likely continue to do so. In the UK it is generally not as common for co-workers to discuss...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: July 2016

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

What Brexit Means for Data Protection

by Reed Smith on

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

Data Protection in a Post-Brexit Landscape

by Reed Smith on

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

New Encryption Guidance Published by the ICO

by Reed Smith on

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

Crackdown on ‘Back-door’ Criminal Record Checks

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Under section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it is now a criminal offence for any person or organisation to require an individual to submit a ‘subject access request’ (i.e. the right for an individual to access any...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

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

by Dechert LLP on

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?

by BakerHostetler on

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

ICO Guidance on Deleting Personal Data Under the Data Protection Act

by Morgan Lewis on

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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