Applications to the Biometrics Commissioner under PACE – Home Office

Posted September 29th, 2014 in codes of practice, data protection, DNA, evidence, fingerprints, news, police by tracey

‘Guidance for chief police officers when considering whether to make an application to the Commissioner for the retention and use of biometric material.’

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Home Office, 26th September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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ICO needs to rethink how to tackle mobile apps privacy failings, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK’s data protection authority needs to rethink its strategy for combatting failings in mobile apps privacy, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th September 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Fine for paralegal who moved firms and took sensitive data with him – Legal Futures

Posted September 11th, 2014 in costs, data protection, fines, news, paralegals by sally

‘A paralegal who took sensitive information from his employer when moving to a rival law firm was convicted of a criminal offence under the Data Protection Act this week.’

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Legal Futures, 11th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Data protection and journalism – ICO publishes guidance – Panopticon

‘The Information Commissioner has today published his keenly anticipated guidance on ‘Data Protection and Journalism: A Guide for the Media’. The guidance has been published following a lengthy consultative process and in response to a recommendation made in the Leveson report.’

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Panopticon, 4th September 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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How to protect yourself from data breaches – The Future of Law

‘Barristers and solicitors need to make sure they keep personal information secure, especially information on paper files, says a statement from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This warning follows a number of data breaches reported to the ICO over the last few months involving the legal profession.’

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The Future of Law, 26th August 2014

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

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British Standards enter the electronic age with new digital Kitemarks – The Independent

Posted August 27th, 2014 in banking, consumer protection, data protection, internet, news by sally

‘For almost a century it has appeared with reassuring mundanity on everything from manhole covers and condoms to fire extinguishers and motorcycle helmets, comforting the consumer that the product they are about to use is safe.’

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The Independent, 27th August 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Ministry of Justice fined over prison data loss – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2014 in data protection, fines, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 for “serious failings” in the handling of confidential data.’

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BBC News, 26th August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Tribunals to rule on disputes over re-use of public sector information – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 21st, 2014 in data protection, EC law, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Information rights tribunals will be able to provide binding rulings on public bodies’ re-use of non-personal information under new plans unveiled by the UK government’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th August 2014

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Judges could hear information rights tribunal cases on their own – OUT-LAW.com

‘Judges could determine the outcome of some information rights tribunal cases on their own in future under just-published proposals.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th August 2014

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Information Commissioner sounds alarm over lawyers’ handling of personal data – Legal Futures

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to solicitors and barristers over the need to keep personal information secure, especially paper files, in the wake of “a number of data breaches” in recent months.’

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Legal Futures, 6th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lawyers must step up data protection measures after series of breaches, says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2014 in barristers, data protection, documents, news, ombudsmen, privacy, solicitors by sally

‘Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, highlights a series of recent privacy breaches by barristers and solicitors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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What is the point of victim impact statements? – The Independent

Posted August 6th, 2014 in bereavement, confidentiality, data protection, evidence, judges, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘A parole judge has apologised to bereaved parents for saying that victim impact statements make no difference. So what are they really for? Paul Gallagher finds out.’

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The Independent, 6th August 2014

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DRIP – Data Retention Regulations come into force – Panopticon

‘The introduction of the controversial draft Data Retention Regulations 2014 has already been discussed by my colleague Robin Hopkins in his excellent post last month. The Regulations now have the force of law, having come into force on 31 July 2014 – see the Regulations here. In his post, Robin made the point that, following the judgment in Digital Rights Ireland, there were two methods for curtailing the infringement of privacy rights presupposed by the existing communications data retention (CDR) regime: either cut back on the data retention requirements provided for under the legislation, so as generally to limit the potential for interference with privacy rights, or introduce more robust safeguards with a view to ensuring that any interference with privacy rights is proportionate and otherwise justified. The Government, which has evidently opted for the latter approach in the new Regulations, will now need to persuade a somewhat sceptical public that the safeguards which have been adopted in the legislation strike the right balance as between the protection of privacy rights on the one hand and the imperative to support criminal law enforcement functions on the other.’

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Panopticon, 5th August 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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The death of privacy – The Guardian

‘Google knows what you’re looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Sharing is the norm, and secrecy is out. But what is the psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy?’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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George Galloway’s ex-aide discharged over data breach – BBC News

‘A former aide to George Galloway MP who admitted obtaining personal data illegally has received a 12-month conditional discharge.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2014

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The ‘right to be forgotten’ simply doesn’t exist – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2014 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by michael

‘Most people have moments in their past that they would prefer not to be in the spotlight. What if, when you enter your name in Google, the first thing that comes up is a link to an episode that you would like to be forgotten. Can it be forgotten? If it can, should it be? Should you have a right to have the link deleted? And based on what procedure?’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Max Mosley to sue Google over sex party images – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2014 in data protection, internet, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.’

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The Independent, 30th July 2014

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Right to be forgotten is unworkable, say peers – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2014 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A “right to be forgotten” – enforcing the removal of online material – is wrong in principle and unworkable in practice, a parliamentary committee has said.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2014

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Drip surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs – The Guardian

‘The application for a judicial review of the new legislation, which was passed with support from the three main parties, is to be mounted by the human rights organisation Liberty on behalf of the two backbench MPs.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

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Law Commission urges full reform project on data sharing and public bodies – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in consultations, data protection, Law Commission, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘The Law Commission has this month recommended that a full law reform project should be carried out “in order to create a principled and clear legal structure for data sharing, which will meet the needs of society”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st July 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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