Google to extend ‘right to be forgotten’ to all its domains accessed in EU – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘Google will begin blocking search results across all of its domains when a search takes place within Europe, in an extension of how it implements the “right to be forgotten” ruling.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2016

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Sentences for data thieves ‘not tough enough’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 13th, 2016 in data protection, fines, news, sentencing by sally

‘The information commissioner has repeated calls for stronger sentencing powers for data thieves.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th January 2016

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Privacy watchdog attacks snooper’s charter over encryption – The Guardian

‘The information commissioner’s office has heavily criticised the draft Investigatory Powers bill for attacking individuals’ privacy, particularly in relation to the apparent requirement on communication providers to weaken or break their data encryption at the government’s request.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2016

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Councils call for online judicial approval of access to communications data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils should be able to apply for and be granted magistrates’ approval electronically for access to communications data, the Local Government Association and trading standards organisations have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2016

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Tougher sentencing powers needed to deter data thieves, says ICO – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2016 in costs, data protection, fines, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘The head of the government’s privacy watchdog has called for stronger sentencing powers for people convicted of stealing personal data, after a woman who sold 28,000 pieces of sensitive driver data was fined just £1,000.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2016

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Dementia charity warned to take action over data protection failings – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2016 in charities, data protection, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered The Alzheimer’s Society to take action or risk prosecution after finding serious failings in the way volunteers handled data about people who used the charity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2016

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CPS fine sparks call for data protection rethink – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Data protection arrangements should be reviewed in the modern world of social media and cybercrime, a specialist solicitor has said, after it emerged the Crown Prosecution Service delivered unencrypted DVDs to a film studio for 12 years.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th November 2015

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UK government to reform communication surveillance laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘Data recording what websites internet users have visited will need to be retained for up to 12 months by telecommunication service providers under proposed new surveillance laws that have been outlined by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th October 2015

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CPS fined £200,000 over theft of interview film laptops – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2015 in Crown Prosecution Service, data protection, fines, news, video recordings by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been fined £200,000 by the information watchdog after the theft of laptops containing videos of police interviews.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2015

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UK surveillance powers explained – BBC News

‘A new law setting out what powers the UK state will have to monitor communications between citizens is set to be unveiled. How will it work?’

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BBC News, 4th November 2015

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Criminals may be behind TalkTalk’s cyber breach, but it can still be penalised by regulators – Technology Law Update

‘The revelations emerging about a major cyber attack on telecoms and broadband supplier TalkTalk are every CIO’s worst nightmare. But hard-working companies that are doing their best to stay ahead of the hackers shouldn’t be criticised, should they?’

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Technology Law Update, 23rd October 2015

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FGM: reporting of cases among children becomes mandatory – The Guardian

‘A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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Court of Appeal considers damages for privacy breaches – data protection to follow suit? – Panopticon

Posted October 21st, 2015 in appeals, compensation, damages, data protection, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This week, the Court of Appeal is grappling with a difficult and important question: how do you value an invasion of privacy? In other words, where someone has suffered a breach of their privacy rights, how do you go about determining the compensation they should receive?’

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Panopticon, 20th October 2015

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Privacy groups hail ‘freedom from surveillance’ in European court’s Facebook ruling – The Guardian

Posted October 7th, 2015 in consent, data protection, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘Private industry was in a rage while privacy groups were elated on Tuesday over a new ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) affirming European citizens’ right to privacy from American tech companies.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2015

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Facebook data transfers threatened by Safe Harbour ruling – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2015 in agreements, data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A pact that helped the tech giants and others send personal data from the EU to the US has been ruled invalid.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2015

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Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit: Meeting the police men and women doing the most difficult work imaginable – The Independent

‘Paul Gallagher meets the people whose job it is to identify victims, stop abuse material being shared and distributed, categorise extreme imagery ready for court and, hopefully, catch paedophiles before they find a victim ‘

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The Independent, 4th October 2015

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Charities should face fundraising ban if they harass donors – report – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in charities, data protection, financial regulation, harassment, news, penalties by sally

‘Charities that harass or abuse donors should be named and shamed, and in some cases banned from approaching the public for money, a government-commissioned review of fundraising has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2015

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What happens when you ask to see CCTV footage? – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in closed circuit television, data protection, news, privacy by sally

‘In Britain and other EU countries, people have the right to see footage of themselves recorded on CCTV cameras. Yet when one university researcher set out to test this, many operators were less than forthcoming.’
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The Guardian, 22nd September 2015

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London HIV clinic that revealed patients’ names faces legal action – The Guardian

‘The lawyer investigating claims on behalf of a number of patients whose identities were mistakenly revealed last week by an HIV clinic has said that it could face hundreds of legal claims.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2015

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No need to scour internet when assessing whether personal data is sensitive, UK tribunal rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘Businesses are not expected to scour the internet and other sources to check whether there is any information that, when linked with personal data they hold, would mean the data they hold is in fact sensitive personal data, according to a new UK ruling.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st September 2015

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