The Right to be Forgotten and the County Court – Panopticon

‘The right to be forgotten is beginning to generate some litigation, albeit not yet with any blaze of glory. Following on from the attempt to judicially review the ICO for refusing to try and enforce an individual’s complaint that his data rights were being breached (see here), earlier this week a claimant failed to get his right to be forgotten claim to fly before the Nottingham County Court.’

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Panopticon, 31st July 2015

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Facebook, drag artists and data protection dilemmas: ‘if you stand on our pitch, you must play by our rules’ – Panopticon

Posted July 31st, 2015 in anonymity, data protection, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Facebook is one of the main battlegrounds between privacy and other social goods such as safety and security.’
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Panopticon, 31st July 2015

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Man loses ‘right to be forgotten’ Google court bid – BBC News

‘A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called “right to be forgotten”.’
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BBC News, 30th July 2015

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Child Protection and Data Protection – Panopticon

‘The spectre of Jimmy Saville casts a long shadow and now it extends to data protection, the Data Protection Act 1998 being the latest august and uniformly popular institution (following the BBC, Broadmoor and Margaret Thatcher to name just some) to suffer as a result of his actions. The perennial sight of investigations and public inquiries into historic sex abuse of children in local authority, chiefly arising out of the wider ramifications of Operation Yewtree, has provided a very ready explanation for local authorities for the need to retain child protection data.’

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Panopticon, 23rd July 2015

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Facebook, child protection and outsourced monitoring – Panopticon

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in children, data protection, internet, news, Northern Ireland, privacy by sally

‘Facebook is no stranger to complaints about the content of posts. Usually, one user complains to Facebook about what other users’ posts say about him. By making the offending posts available, Facebook is processing the complainant’s personal data, and must do so in compliance with data protection law.’
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Panopticon, 22nd Juyl 2015

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Surveillance of MPs’ data challenged – BBC News

‘Three politicians will challenge the lawfulness of the intelligence services’ bulk interception of electronic data at a hearing later.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2015

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Former employee found guilty over Morrisons data theft – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Andrew Skelton, a former employee of Morrisons supermarket has today (17 July) been found guilty of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data. He has been sentenced to eight years at Bradford Crown Court, in relation to stealing personal data belonging to nearly 100,000 Morrisons employees.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th July 2015

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High court to rule on MPs’ claim that data retention act damages privacy – The Guardian

‘High court judges will give their decision on Friday on an accusation that the government has imposed laws which allow the police and security services to “spy on citizens” without proper safeguards.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2015

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Michael McIntyre spy-cam tweet investigated for data protection breach – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2015 in codes of practice, data protection, London, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘A picture tweeted by a police helicopter team showing comedian Michael McIntyre standing in a London street is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office for a possible breach of data protection laws.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2015

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Criminal record checks: guidance for employers – Home Office

‘How employers or organisations can request DBS checks for potential employees.’

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Home Office, 14th July 2015

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Suspended chief constable found guilty of eight misconduct charges – The Guardian

‘A chief constable suspended for a more than a year after being accused of “inappropriate advances” to women has been found guilty of eight charges of misconduct but is to be allowed to return to work.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2015

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Do Young Thugs have Human Rights? The Supreme Court has a Riot – Panopticon

‘Following a period of considered reflection, or laziness depending on one’s view, it is worth noting the decision of the Supreme Court in In the matter of an application by JR38 for Judicial Review [2015] UKSC 42. The case is all about Article 8 ECHR, and is of particular interest because of the dispute about the breadth of the correct test for the engagement of Article 8. The context is also one which will be familiar to English data protection and privacy lawyers: the publication by the police of photographs seeking to identify a suspect. If anyone remembers that famous picture of a youth in a hoodie pointing his fingers like a gun behind an awkward looking David Cameron, JR38 is basically that, but with Molotov cocktails and a sprinkling of sectarian hatred.’

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Panopticon, 9th July 2015

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Privacy watchdog to investigate whether charities trading cold-calling ‘generous lists’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 8th, 2015 in charities, data protection, news, privacy, regulations, telecommunications by sally

‘Charities sharing personal data without proper consent could be breaking the law, warns Information Commissioner.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2015

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Data protection regulator launches staunch defence of Freedom of Information Act – The Independent

Posted July 7th, 2015 in data protection, freedom of information, legislation, news by sally

‘The regulator in charge of data protection and consumer protection has given a staunch defence of Britain’s embattled transparency laws, only days after Justice Secretary Michael Gove confirmed he was considering a crackdown on freedom of information laws.’
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The Independent, 2nd July 2015

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New UK rules finalised on the re-use of public sector information – OUT-LAW.com

‘Public bodies in the UK must make it easier for businesses to re-use the information they hold from the middle of next month, under new regulations that have been passed by parliament.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2015

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New code of conduct on data protection for cloud service providers being scrutinised by EU privacy watchdogs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 1st, 2015 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, regulations by sally

‘EU privacy watchdogs are assessing a proposed new code of conduct on data protection for cloud service providers that the European Commission hopes will help to boost the uptake of cloud services by EU businesses.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2015

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GCHQ spied on two human rights bodies – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in data protection, human rights, intelligence services, news, tribunals by tracey

‘GCHQ spied on two human rights organisations, it has emerged, and breached its own internal policies in how it handled the information.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2015

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Britain Can Lead the World In Online Privacy – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 16th, 2015 in data protection, internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy, reports, terrorism by sally

‘British legal history has long inspired the common law world. The Magna Carta, an 800-year-old agreement between a King and his barons, remains an icon of liberty, seen around the world as the foundation stone of the rule of law. In contrast, British law on online surveillance and privacy has been arcane and obscure – a field that is for reluctant experts if it is for anyone at all.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2015

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Legal challenge against Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act reaches High Court – OUT-LAW.com

‘A legal challenge fronted by two UK MPs against communications surveillance laws passed last year has reached the High Court.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th June 2015

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Cost of data breach incidents to business soars, finds UK government study – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 4th, 2015 in costs, data protection, news, reports by sally

‘The worst data breach incidents are costing UK businesses between £1.5 million and £3m on average through business disruption, lost sales and assets and damage to reputation, new research by the UK government and consultancy PwC has found.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd June 2015

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