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Subject Access Request (SAR)

ICO publishes revised Subject Access Code of Practice incorporating Court of Appeal guidance – dealing with requests from...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In the wake of two key judgments from the Court of Appeal, the Information Commissioner’s Office has updated its Subject Access Code of Practice – Dealing with requests from individuals for personal information. The...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

Employment Matters – UK - May 2017

Mind the Gender Pay Gap! From April 2017 onwards, all organisations with a headcount of 250 or more must publish annual figures about its gender pay gap. Please see full Newsletter below for more information....more

Court Of Appeal Provides Further Guidance For Data Controllers On Handling Subject Access Requests

by Dentons on

In the first April edition of our employment law round-up we considered the Court of Appeal's decision in Dawson–Damer v. Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74, which (amongst other things) concerned the relevance of an...more

Subject Access Requests: "not an obligation to leave no stone unturned"

by White & Case LLP on

The English Court of Appeal has ruled in two recent cases that subject access requests are generally valid, and businesses must comply with such requests, even if they are made for collateral purposes, such as collecting...more

Subject Access Requests in the UK - An Update

by Dechert LLP on

This OnPoint reports on the Court of Appeal judgment in Dawson-Damer & Ors v Taylor Wessing LLP, handed down on 16 February 2017, which addresses two key aspects of the legislation enabling individuals to lodge subject access...more

Privileged information is generally safe from Subject Access Requests

by White & Case LLP on

Subject Access Requests ("SARs") are an increasingly popular weapon in litigation, because they can be used to provide a cheap and quick form of pre-action disclosure. However, courts have confirmed that information subject...more

Businesses can refuse Subject Access Requests made for the dominant purpose of litigation

by White & Case LLP on

The High Court has ruled that a business that receives a Subject Access Request ("SAR") can refuse to disclose the requested information in some cases, if the dominant purpose of the SAR is litigation. This appears to mark a...more

The Subject Access Request That Led to a Security Breach, or Why Having a System to Respond to Access Requests Is Essential

by Reed Smith on

In August, the UK’s data protection regulator, the ICO, fined a Hertfordshire GP practice £40,000 under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) after a subject access request (“SAR”) went badly wrong. A lack of process, training...more

Taking "Subject Access Requests" Seriously in the UK

by Dechert LLP on

Under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) employees are entitled to make a data “subject access request” (SAR) in order to obtain copies of the personal data held about them by their employer and certain other...more

English court compels investigators to disclose information on data protection grounds

by White & Case LLP on

The High Court has ruled that a company conducting an investigation may be compelled to give effect to requests for information made under data protection legislation. The case serves as a stark reminder that data protection...more

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