Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

NT1 + NT2 = Blogging to the Power of A Million (Words) – Panopticon

Posted April 16th, 2018 in data protection, internet, news by tracey

‘It has taken some time for the principles recognised – somewhat ambiguously – in Google Spain to be tested in the English courts. Although the so-called right to be forgotten has rarely left the public memory (at least of that wretched and spindly section of the public which is interested in data protection), taking on Google takes guts, money and an ability to overlook the risk of the Streisand effect. NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) is the battle royale you have been waiting for. But if you want brevity, look elsewhere.’

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Panopticon, 13th Apil 2018

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Google must delete links in ‘right to be forgotten’ case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 16th, 2018 in data protection, internet, news by tracey

‘Search engine giant Google has been ordered to remove links to articles about the historic criminal convictions of a businessman in the first “right to be forgotten” case to be decided in England and Wales. Ruling in NT 1 and NT 2 v Google LLC today, Mr Justice Warby reached opposite conclusions about the two claimants, identified as NT 1 and NT 2, based on the nature of the criminal convictions and the extent to which publication of information related to the claimant’s private life.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th April 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government ‘failing to act on serious concerns about NHS data sharing’ raised by doctors – The Independent

Posted April 16th, 2018 in data protection, immigration, medical records, news by tracey

‘The government has been accused of failing to act on “serious concerns” raised by doctors and MPs about an NHS policy that sees patient details shared with immigration authorities.’

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The Independent, 15th April 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Cliff Richard case ‘likely to have massive implications’ – BBC News

‘When South Yorkshire Police raided Sir Cliff Richard’s home in August 2014, he was in Portugal, but the BBC was outside, with a helicopter standing by.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police force hit with £130k monetary penalty for losing rape victim interview – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 6th, 2018 in data protection, encryption, fines, news, police, rape, victims, video recordings by sally

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £130,000 monetary penalty on Humberside Police after disks containing a video interview of an alleged rape victim went missing.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th April 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Bringing WHOIS into compliance with privacy law – Technology Law Update

Posted April 4th, 2018 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Internet governance organisation ICANN is planning new restrictions on access to information in order to comply with EU privacy rules. Those on the privacy side of the argument welcome the planned changes – WHOIS data is misused by spammers and scammers, they say. But others rely on the information for more positive purposes. WHOIS records have been used to tackle online crime, and online infringement of rights like trade marks. The changes will make life more difficult for them.’

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Technology Law Blog, 3rd April 2018

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

UK parties poised to gain data powers to work out how people are likely to vote, despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal – The Indepndent

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in bills, consent, data protection, news, political parties, privacy by tracey

‘Britain’s political parties are poised to grant themselves special powers to use personal data to find out how people are likely to vote, despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Indepndent, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Data Protection Bill threat to legal privilege – The Bar Council

Posted March 8th, 2018 in barristers, bills, data protection, press releases, privilege by tracey

‘A Bill designed to give citizens more control over their data could end up stripping back the fundamental British right to confidential legal advice, the Bar has warned.’

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The Bar Council, 5th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Data protection watchdog promises regulatory sandbox for digital innovations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 7th, 2018 in data protection, electronic commerce, news by sally

‘Businesses developing innovative digital products and services will be able to test that their solutions comply with data protection laws under a new scheme promised by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th March 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Smart device security guidelines ‘need more teeth’ – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2018 in consumer protection, data protection, internet, news by sally

‘The UK government has announced guidelines to make internet-connected devices safer to use following a spate of security breaches.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Information Commissioner upholds MoJ refusal to disclose Leigh Day emails – Legal Futures

Posted March 6th, 2018 in costs, data protection, disclosure, documents, electronic mail, law firms, news by sally

‘Disclosing documents relating to disciplinary proceedings against Leigh Day for its handling of Iraq war claims would involve a manual search of 5,000 documents and cost over £10,000, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 6th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Home Office warned over plans to block immigration data access for EU citizens – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2018 in bills, data protection, EC law, immigration, news by tracey

‘Plans to deny millions of people the right to access immigration data held on them by the Home Office are illegal and will be challenged in court, the government has been told.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2018

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The right to be forgotten before the Courts again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 21st, 2018 in criminal records, data protection, human rights, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘NT 1 & Anor v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 261 (QB) (15 February 2018). This was a Pre Trial Review of an application by the claimants to have details about an old criminal conviction and other information removed from Google and associated websites under the “right to be forgotten”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st February 2018

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Standup comedian’s husband sues for defamation over ‘provocative’ show – The Guardian

‘An award-winning standup comedian is being sued by her estranged husband for allegedly defaming him in her show.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2018

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Max Mosley ‘using data protection law to gag the media’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2018 in data protection, media, news by sally

‘Max Mosley, the former head of Formula 1, has been accused of trying to gag the media, using data protection laws to “erase” his notorious sexual history.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2018

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GDPR not at odds with FCA Handbook, say UK authorities – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 13th, 2018 in data protection, EC law, financial regulation, news by sally

‘New data protection laws are not at odds with regulatory requirements imposed on companies in the financial services sector, two UK authorities have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th February 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Repair company employee convicted for passing on customer details for PI cold calls – Legal Futures

‘A former worker at an accident repair firm who downloaded and sold the personal data of motorists to nuisance callers has been convicted under the Data Protection Act of unlawfully obtaining and disclosing data.’

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Legal Futures, 9th February 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

NHS told to stop handing over patient data to Home Office for immigration enforcement – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2018 in data protection, enforcement, health, immigration, news, privacy by tracey

‘Health service officials have been reprimanded for putting the health of vulnerable migrants, and the wider public, at risk and told to stop handing over confidential information to immigration officials immediately.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2018 in data protection, investigatory powers, news, privacy, terrorism by sally

‘Appeal court judges have ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance regime unlawful in a case brought by the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com