ICO urges app developers to respect users’ privacy – RPC Privacy Law

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance aimed at helping mobile app developers comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and ensure that the privacy of app users is protected.’

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RPC Privacy Law, 11th April 2014

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

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Digital Rights Ireland Ltd v Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and others (Irish Human Rights Commission intervening); In re Kärntner Landesregierung and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 14th, 2014 in data protection, EC law, electronic mail, law reports by sally

Digital Rights Ireland Ltd v Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and others (Irish Human Rights Commission intervening); In re Kärntner Landesregierung and others (Joined Cases C-293/12 and C-594/12); [2014] WLR (D) 164

‘Parliament and Council Directive 2006/24/EC of 15 March 2006 on the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC was invalid.’

WLR Daily, 8th April 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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EU court of justice overturns law that would enable ‘snoopers’ charter’ – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2014 in data protection, EC law, internet, privacy, telecommunications, Uncategorized by sally

‘The European court of justice has declared the data retention directive illegal, torpedoing UK government schemes for the so-called “snooper’s charter” of wide-ranging collection of phone and internet data.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2014

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Right to privacy: can we really trust Google Glass? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 25th, 2014 in data protection, EC law, news, photography, privacy, video recordings by sally

‘It is difficult to have missed the hype surrounding Google Glass (referred to simply as “Glass”), not only because of its futuristic technological capabilities and design, but also the concerns it raises for an individual’s Art 8 right to privacy.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 24th March 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Data protection and compensation: the “irreversible march” towards revolutionary change – Panopticon

Posted March 24th, 2014 in compensation, data protection, EC law, news by sally

‘At 11KBW’s Information Law conference this past Tuesday, I talked a bit about the progress of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation. I omitted to mention last week’s development (my reason: I was on holiday in Venice, where data protection seemed less pressing). In a plenary session on 12 March, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in support of the Commission’s current draft of the Regulation. This is all explain in this Memo from the European Commission. Here are some key points.’

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Panopticon, 21st March 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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ICO fines police force £100k over information left in former station – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 20th, 2014 in data protection, documents, fines, news by tracey

‘A police force has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office after confidential information – including interview videotapes – was left in the basement of a former police station.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th March 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Information held in electronic databases not property which can be possessed, rules UK court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 20th, 2014 in appeals, computer programs, data protection, news, publishing by tracey

‘Information stored electronically does not constitute property which someone can exercise possession of, judges in the UK have ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th March 2014

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Privacy groups raise complaint with ICO over cloud-stored data from hospital records – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 19th, 2014 in data protection, hospitals, internet, medical records, news, ombudsmen, privacy by tracey

‘The UK’s Information Commissioner Office (ICO) has been asked to investigate whether privacy rules were breached when data collected from hospitals was uploaded to cloud servers operated by Google.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th March 2014

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Your Response Ltd v Datateam Business Media Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, computer programs, data protection, fees, law reports, publishing by tracey

Your Response Ltd v Datateam Business Media Ltd: [2014] EWCA Civ 281;   [2014] WLR (D)  131

‘The exercise of a common law lien was not available over an electronic database as the electronic database was not property susceptible of possession which was capable of being subject to larceny or conversion or being taken in execution.’

WLR Daily, 14th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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APIL granted permission to challenge HMRC policy on mesothelioma victims’ work records – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court is this week hearing a judicial review that claimant lawyers hope will strike down the deeply unpopular policy of HM Revenue & Customs that means it will only release the employment history of a mesothelioma victim to their lawyer with a High Court order.’

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Litigation futures, 12th March 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Abortion provider BPAS fined £200,000 for data breach – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2014 in abortion, data protection, fines, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘An abortion provider has been fined £200,000 for a data breach that revealed almost 10,000 people’s details to a hacker.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2014

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What’s in a name? – Court of Appeal gives judgment in Edem – Panopticon

Posted February 10th, 2014 in appeals, data protection, interpretation, names, news, privacy by tracey

‘Deciding whether information which arguably relates to an individual amounts to their “personal data” for the purposes of s. 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 is one of the more challenging aspects of the DPA regime. In making the judgment call in any particular case, data controllers have routinely looked to the guidance set out Auld LJ’s judgment in the well known case of Durant v Financial Services Act [2003] EWCA Civ 1746, [2011] 1 Info LR 1. In his judgment, Auld LJ indicated that there were two “notions” likely to be of assistance when it came to determining whether particular data was sufficiently “personal” that if tell within the scope of the DPA.’

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Panopticon, 7th February 2014

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High Court to consider Data Protection Act bid to halt reporting of corruption allegations – Panopticon

‘Can the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) be used to prevent a respected NGO from reporting allegations of corruption by a multi-billion dollar international mining conglomerate? That is the stark question posed by Steinmetz and others v Global Witness Limited, a recently issued High Court DPA Claim.’

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Panopticon, 10th February 2014

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CCTV warning notices non-compliant with data protection laws, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Government must take action to ensure that signs used to warn motorists that CCTV cameras are being used to monitor for parking offences are compliant with UK data protection laws, a watchdog has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th February 2014

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Tube strikes – should the law be changed? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘We asked the business lobbying group CBI, the Institute of Directors (IOD) and Trade Union lawyer Richard Arthur for their views on reform of this prickly area of law.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th February 2014

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Vidal-Hall v Google – cookies can cause distress – Technology Law Update

‘A recent decision in the English High Court about internet cookie use has been making waves.’

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Technology Law Update, 5th February 2014

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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Vidal-Hall and others v Google Inc – WLR Daily

Vidal-Hall and others v Google Inc [2014] EWHC 13 (QB); [2014] WLR (D) 21

‘A claim for misuse of private information was a tort within the meaning of para 3.1(9) of Practice Direction 6B—Service out of the jurisdiction.’

WLR Daily, 16th January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Media can refuse subject access requests if complying could jeopardise stories, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

‘Newspapers and other media groups can refuse individuals’ requests for access to the personal data those organisations hold about them where the disclosure of that information could jeopardise future stories, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th January 2014

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New Year, new tort of misuse of private information – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A group of UK Google users called ‘Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking’ have claimed that the tracking and collation of information about of their internet usage by Google amounts to misuse of personal information, and a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Judge confirmed that misuse of personal information was a distinct tort. He also held that the English courts had jurisdiction to try the claims.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd January 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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The EU’s Data Protection Regulation: where are we? – Panopticon

Posted January 21st, 2014 in data protection, EC law, news, regulations by sally

‘The replacement of Directive 95/26/EC – the bedrock of data protection in Europe – with a new Regulation is intended as a radical overhaul, making protections for personal data fit for the digital world. It has now been over two years since the first substantive draft of that Regulation was made public.’

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Panopticon, 20th January 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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