Competition watchdog objects to Land Registry sell-off – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2016 in competition, consultations, data protection, land registration, news by sally

‘The competition watchdog has objected to government plans to privatise the Land Registry, warning that allowing a private firm to take possession of property ownership information could cause problems for other businesses.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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UK plans full throttle on driverless cars and broadband reform – Technology Law Update

‘Amongst the political noise of the Brexit campaign, the UK’s legislative plans set out in the Queen’s speech yesterday received less attention than usual. But there were some important points to note for the technology sector.’

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Technology Law Update, 19th May 2016

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

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Parents of Matthew Green found in Spain after six years fight to see him – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2016 in confidentiality, data protection, families, missing persons, news by tracey

‘The parents of a man found alive six years after he disappeared have said their joy turned to frustration after they were told they could not see him.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2016

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Bring your own device: managing the risks – Future of Law

Posted May 11th, 2016 in confidentiality, data protection, employment, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – the practice of employees routinely using their personal laptops, mobiles and other internet connected devices for work – has become increasingly common over recent years, with one survey suggesting that BYOD has already been taken up by over half of UK workers. Using a single device at home and at work can pay dividends for both employees and employers in terms of convenience, increased efficiency and reduced cost. But there are also various risks that need to be managed, especially in the case of law firms which handle sensitive client data.’

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Future of Law, 9th May 2016

Source: www.blog.lexisnexis.co.uk

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Data protection reform – the date is set – Technology Law Update

Posted May 10th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, news by sally

‘Europe’s data protection reform process is finally complete, with the new General Data Protection Regulation given a number (2016/679) and more importantly, a commencement date. It will apply from 25 May 2018. Assuming that the UK has not by then left the EU, it will affect almost all UK-based organisations in one way or another – and for the first time organisations outside the EU processing data relating to EU citizens. The text is essentially the same as that published last month (although I have to confess that I have not checked every word).’

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Technology Law Update, 4th May 2016

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NHS fined for 56 Dean Street HIV status leak – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2016 in data protection, electronic mail, fines, HIV, hospitals, news, privacy by sally

‘The NHS has been fined £180,000 after a sexual health centre leaked the details of almost 800 patients who had attended HIV clinics.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2016

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Data protection reforms to apply from 25 May 2018 – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 6th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, news by tracey

‘New EU data protection laws will apply from 25 May 2018.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th May 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

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NHS trust fined £185k over inadvertent release of confidential data on staff – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 5th, 2016 in data protection, fines, hospitals, internet, news by tracey

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after it posted the private details of 6,574 members of staff on its website.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th May 2016

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Rotherham abuse survivors press for stricter taxi safety measures – The Guardian

‘All taxis drivers in Rotherham will be required to have CCTV cameras installed in their cars from July, in an attempt to prevent child sexual exploitation. Drivers will also have to activate an audio recording device whenever they transport an unaccompanied child or vulnerable adult , under a series of measures introduced by the council to rebuild trust in the taxi industry.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2016

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Is ‘Big Data’ A Threat To Human Rights? – RightsInfo

Posted April 27th, 2016 in computer crime, data protection, EC law, human rights, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘One of the great benefits of modern society is the amount of information available to us everyday. Much of that information is now stored electronically. However, collecting a lot of information together creates risks. Big data showcases the potential utility of amassing information in bulk, but we need to be wary of the possible threat to our right to privacy.’

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RightsInfo, 16th April 2016

Source: www.rightsinfo.org

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Kent police passed alleged domestic abuser sensitive details of complainant – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2016 in data protection, disclosure, domestic violence, fines, news, police by tracey

‘Kent police force has been found guilty of serious breaches after an alleged domestic abuser was passed sensitive details and intimate pictures of the woman who brought a complaint against him. The suspect was a police officer and the contents of the mobile phone of his partner were given to him, after they had been gathered by police investigating the domestic abuse claims.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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UK spy agencies have collected bulk personal data since 1990s, files show – The Guardian

‘Britain’s intelligence agencies have been secretly collecting bulk personal data since the late 1990s and privately admit they have gathered information on people who are “unlikely to be of intelligence or security interest”.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2016

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European parliament set to pass passenger data law – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2016 in airports, data protection, EC law, intelligence services, news by sally

‘A counter-terrorism plan to share air-passenger data is set to become European law after five years of wrangling over security needs and privacy concerns.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2016

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EU court hears case on UK data retention laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘The EU’s highest court will hear arguments on Tuesday concerning the validity of UK data retention laws.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2016

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Vicarious liability for rogue employee’s data leak – Panopticon

‘Suppose confidential, private and sensitive information is sold, leaked or otherwise wrongly disclosed by a rogue employee: is the employer vicariously liable? This question is a troubling one for many an employer and data controller. A new judgment on a claim for misuse of private information sheds some light on this question – and will not be comforting for employers and data controllers. The case is Axon v Ministry of Defence [2016] EWHC 787 (QB).’

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Panopticon, 12th April 2016

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Police and prosecutors ‘losing sensitive evidence’ – BBC News

‘Sensitive details held by police and prosecutors in England are being lost because evidence is still being shared on computer discs, watchdogs say.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2016

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Subject access request as precursor to litigation? No problem – Panopticon

Posted April 12th, 2016 in data protection, EC law, intellectual property, news by sally

‘Gurieva & Anor v Community Safety Development (UK) Ltd [2016] EWHC 643 (QB), a judgment of Warby J of 6 April 2016, is the High Court’s latest word on subject access requests. It illustrates some of the emerging trends in subject access litigation. It is also a salutary reminder to ensure that, for subject access request cases as for any other, adequate evidence is presented.’

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Panopticon, 8th April 2016

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Covert Recording by Parents – Nothing to Fear but the Truth? – Family Law Week

‘Farooq Ahmed, barrister of Westgate Chambers and recorder, addresses the legal issues arising when parents embroiled in children proceedings record conversations or events.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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New rules for data protection – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 4th, 2016 in compensation, data protection, EC law, news, notification by sally

‘In the UK there is currently no legal obligation under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to report personal data breaches to anyone. However, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance recommends that serious breaches should be brought to its attention.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th April 2016

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Regina (Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and others) v Charity Commission – WLR Daily

Regina (Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and others) v Charity Commission [2016] EWCA Civ 154

‘Following three trials of former members of Jehovah’s Witnesses’s congregations on charges of historic sex abuse the Charity Commission decided to initiate a statutory inquiry relating to a leading Jehovah’s Witness charity’s safeguarding policy regarding vulnerable beneficiaries in particular children, under section 46 of the Charities Act 2011, and to order the charity to produce a wide range of documents, under section 52 of the Act, even though none of those accused was connected with the charity. .The applicants, the charity and its trustees, sought judicial review of those decisions, on the grounds that (i) the commission had acted disproportionately by commencing an inquiry the scope of which was vague and undefined and by interfering with the applicants’ Convention rights, and had thereby breached its duty to act fairly so that the decision was irrational; and (ii) the scope of the production order was disproportionate in that information was sought of a personal and sensitive nature, within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1998, and was furthermore in breach of the Convention rights of individuals affected. The judge in refusing permission to proceed with the judicial review clain held that the applicants had an effective statutory remedy by appealing to the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) (Charity) against a decision to initiate an inquiry, and that any complaint relating to the breadth of a production order could be dealt with before that tribunal.’

WLR Daily, 15th March 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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