Data protection must become ‘a fundamental part of daily business practice’, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 20th, 2017 in data protection, news by sally

‘Organisations must treat data protection as “a fundamental part of daily business practice” to ensure legal compliance, particularly under forthcoming new legislation which takes effect next year, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th January 2017

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Insurance firm fined over data breach – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 12th, 2017 in data protection, fines, insurance, news, theft by tracey

‘An insurance firm has been fined by the UK’s data protection watchdog over the theft from its premises of a storage device containing information on nearly 60,000 customers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2017

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A technology top ten for 2017 – Technology Law Update

‘What should we expect in the technology space in 2017?

We take a look at current trends and focus on some of the legal opportunities and pitfalls that they present.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th January 2017

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A ‘Poke’ in the Eye for Claims against Facebook – Panopticon

‘The “internet has not alone changed our lives but it has also changed our vocabulary. A tablet is no longer made of stone, a bit does not help guide a horse and a cookie is more likely to affect your privacy than alleviate the pangs of hunger between meals!” A lengthy Christmas cracker joke? No, the observations – in excellent ‘Dad-joke’ style – of the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in CG v Facebook Ireland Ltd & McCloskey (MOR10142) (Morgan LCJ, Gillen & Weatherup LJJ) at [54].’

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Panopticon, 6th January 2017

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Data use rules set to be loosened under new EU e-Privacy laws, report says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 14th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, news, telecommunications by sally

‘New EU laws set to be proposed in January will give telecoms companies more options over how they might use data they gather that relates to customers’ communications, according to a media report.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th December 2016

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Charities fined over ‘wealth screening’ data breaches – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2016 in charities, data protection, fines, news by tracey

‘Two charities have been fined over data protection breaches after secretly screening donors so they could be targeted for more money.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2016

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UK surveillance laws reformed in new Investigatory Powers Act – OUT-LAW.com

‘UK surveillance laws have been updated with the enactment of the new Investigatory Powers Act.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th November 2016

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Companies House abandons plan to delete 2.5m public records – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2016 in company directors, company law, data protection, news, public records by tracey

‘Controversial plans to delete more than 2.5m public records have been abandoned by the government’s company registration agency.’

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The Guardian,24th November 2016

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UK National Cybersecurity Strategy, and trying to predict the future – Technology Law Update

Posted November 18th, 2016 in computer crime, data protection, electronic commerce, news, privacy by sally

‘The UK government has released a National Cybersecurity Strategy for the next five years. It will always be a difficult enterprise to try to predict changes to the threat landscape for the digital economy, even over as short a time span as five years. But there is clearly a pressing need here with cyberattacks regularly in the news. A recent example was an attack on a group of hospitals that put patients at risk for several days.’

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Technology Law Update, 18th November 2016

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Quantifying Damages for Breach of Privacy – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 26th, 2016 in damages, data protection, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘In October 2013, the Home Office published statistics on its family returns process, the means by which children with no right to remain in the UK are sent back to their country of origin. In addition to anonymised statistics uploaded onto the government website, the Home Office mistakenly uploaded the spreadsheet of raw data on which those statistics were based. That spreadsheet included personal details such as names and rough geographical locations of applicants for asylum or leave to remain, though not their addresses. The data was online for 13 days before being removed, but a number of IP addresses in the UK and abroad visited the relevant web page. Those concerned were notified, and brought claims under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the common law tort of misuse of private information.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th October 2016

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Compensation awarded for misuse of data processing powers – Panopticon

Posted October 18th, 2016 in compensation, data protection, news, police, psychiatric damage by sally

‘In my post on the TLT case last week, I mentioned a second recent judgment awarding compensation for a DPA breach. This is the judgment of the Central London County Court (HHJ Luba QC) in Andrea Brown v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.’

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Panopticon, 17th October 2016

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UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules – The Guardian

‘British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, senior judges have ruled.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016

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New High Court judgment on privacy and data protection damages – Panopticon

Posted October 11th, 2016 in compensation, damages, data protection, news, privacy by sally

‘One of the major evolving issues in privacy and data protection law concerns the assessment of damages: when someone suffers a breach of their privacy or DP rights, how do you go about deciding how much money to award them by way of compensation?’

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Panopticon, 10th October 2016

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TalkTalk hit with record fine for cyber attack – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2016 in computer crime, data protection, fines, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The UK’s data watchdog has fined TalkTalk a record £400,000 over last year’s cyber attack on the company in which the personal details of thousands of customers were exposed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2016

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UK court bars GMC from releasing report into doctor’s professional competence to patient on privacy grounds – OUT-LAW.com

‘A doctor has successfully prevented the General Medical Council (GMC) from disclosing a report concerning an investigation in his professional competence to one of his patients.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th October 2016

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Witness the Fitness (to Practise): Mixed Personal Data and Section 7 DPA – Panopticon

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in complaints, data protection, doctors, medical records, news, privacy by sally

‘The medical profession is only too used to the occasional outbreak of SARS. It is perhaps a little less used to an influx of SARs, as made under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998. In the case of the General Medical Council, requests for personal data will involve very sensitive data and just as sensitive issues of balance and extraction of the data of different parties. So it was in Dr DB v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 2331 (QB).’

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Panopticon, 28th September 2016

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Regulatory focus on data access restrictions could impact Uber, retailers, insurers and car manufacturers, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2016 in competition, data protection, EC law, financial regulation, insurance, news, privacy by sally

‘Retailers, insurers, car manufacturers and the fast-growing software company Uber are among the businesses that should take note of the increased regulatory scrutiny being placed on restrictions of access to data.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2016

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Privacy of a doctor under GMC investigation clashes with that of his patient – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 26th, 2016 in complaints, data protection, doctors, medical records, news, privacy by sally

‘An interesting three-way privacy fight between a GP, a patient who had complained about his treatment by the GP, and the GMC who had investigated that complaint. The prize in that fight was a copy of a medical report obtained by the GMC from an independent expert, which had concluded that the GP’s care had fallen below “but not seriously below” the expected standard.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th September 2016

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TalkTalk ruling shows ICO will back tiered approach to data breach notification, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 14th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, fines, internet, news, notification, tribunals by tracey

‘A new ruling by the information rights tribunal suggests that businesses in the UK should be prepared to make multiple notifications to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the event of a data breach under new EU data protection laws, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th September 2016

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Government breached personal data security 9,000 times in a year – The Guardian

‘Personal data security was breached nearly 9,000 times by the government in a year, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The watchdog revealed the 17 largest departments recorded 8,995 data breaches in 2014-15 – but that only 14 were reported to the Information Commissioner (ICO).’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2016

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