Police to stop passing on immigration status of crime victims – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2018 in codes of practice, data protection, deportation, immigration, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Police will cease to automatically pass information about people suspected of being in the country illegally to deportation authorities if they come forward as victims of crime, according to a new policy hammered out in the wake of the Windrush scandal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2018

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Ex-headteacher fined for unlawfully obtaining personal data on school children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2018 in abuse of position of trust, data protection, fines, news, teachers by sally

‘A former headteacher has been fined for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal data from previous schools where he worked.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2018

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Safeguards governing investigatory powers come into effect – Home Office

‘Government commences final provision in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 subject to the double-lock safeguard requiring judicial approval.’

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Home Office, 28th November 2018

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Asylum seekers ‘too afraid’ to seek NHS care, report says – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2018 in asylum, data protection, health, human rights, immigration, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Asylum seekers who need NHS care have been left in “considerable fear” because of the government’s “hostile environment” policies, according to the human rights watchdog.
In a highly critical report the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says people have gone without medical help since ministers forced the NHS in England to impose upfront charges to access care last year.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2018

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Uber fined after hackers download 2.7 million customers’ data – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2018 in computer crime, data protection, disclosure, fines, news, privacy, taxis by tracey

‘Uber has been fined £385,000 for failing to protect customers’ information during a cyber attack, in a “serious breach” of UK data protection law. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) found Uber was guilty of “a series of avoidable data security flaws” that allowed the personal details of around 2.7million UK customers to be accessed and downloaded by attackers.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2018

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Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating privacy breach – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2018 in data protection, documents, internet, news, parliament, privacy, search & seizure by tracey

‘A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely used parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2018

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Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in appeals, data protection, fines, internet, news, ombudsmen, privacy by sally

‘Facebook has appealed against a fine imposed on it by the UK’s data watchdog after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2018

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Facebook to lodge appeal against ICO’s £500,000 fine – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in appeals, data protection, fines, internet, news by tracey

‘Facebook is lodging an appeal against the record fine of £500,000 levied against it by the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK, arguing that the penalty “challenges some of the basic principles of how people should be allowed to share information online”.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2018

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Landmark jail sentence for man who stole client data for CMCs – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2018 in claims management, computer crime, data protection, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who passed on thousands of an accident repair company’s customer records to claims management companies has been jailed in a landmark prosecution.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal Challenge Protects Our Confidential NHS Data Being Shared with Home Office – Rights Info

‘NHS Digital has confirmed its withdrawal from an agreement to give the Home Office access to confidential data for immigration enforcement, following a legal challenge by campaigners.’

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Rights Info, 12th November 2018

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Security firm pays damages to anti-asbestos activists it spied on – The Guardian

‘A private security firm has been forced to pay damages to five anti-asbestos campaigners after they discovered it had spied on them. The firm, K2 Intelligence, paid an infiltrator for four years to masquerade as a sympathetic documentary-maker to obtain confidential information about leading activists in the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2018

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GDPR: companies should look beyond passwords, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 7th, 2018 in data protection, EC law, electronic commerce, encryption, news by sally

‘Online service providers should consider alternatives to passwords to keep their systems secure and meet their obligations under data protection laws, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th November 2018

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GDPR: the ‘controller v processor’ debate in financial services – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 5th, 2018 in banking, codes of practice, contracts, data protection, EC law, news, third parties by sally

‘Lessons can be learned in the financial services sector from the rush to update contracts to account for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect earlier this year.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd November 2018

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Facebook fined £500k for UK data protection law breaches – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 29th, 2018 in data protection, fines, internet, news by sally

‘Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the watchdog found that the company was responsible for serious breaches of UK data protection laws.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2018

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Employer liability for criminal data breach by rogue employee – Technology Law Update

‘Organisations that hold and process personal data have already had to contemplate the prospect of €20 million fines for not matching up to the requirements of the GDPR. Now the Court of Appeal has given a ruling that presents another type of exposure risk where personal data is concerned. Upholding a High Court decision given in November 2017, this second ruling confirms that an employer can be liable for the actions of a rogue employee in exposing the private information of thousands of other members of staff.’

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Technology Law Update, 26th October 2018

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

Lord Hodge at East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China, Speech – Supreme Court

‘Financial Technology: Opportunities and Challenges to Law and Regulation, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China.’

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Supreme Court, 26th October 2018

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Facebook fined £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica scandal – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2018 in data protection, fines, internet, news by tracey

‘Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said Facebook had let a “serious breach” of the law take place.’

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BBC News, 25th October 2018

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Vicarious liability for data breaches: Court of Appeal dismisses Morrisons’ challenge – Panopticon

‘Large-scale civil litigation is one of the developing contours of data protection law. Last week’s judgment in Lloyd v Google – a novel representative action based on allegedly unlawful processing activities – is one illustration. When it comes to group litigation on the back of a data breach, our best illustration thus far is the groundbreaking group action against Morrisons.’

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Panopticon, 22nd October 2018

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Morrisons loses data leak challenge – BBC News

‘Morrisons has lost its challenge to a High Court ruling that it is liable for a data breach that saw thousands of its employees’ details posted online.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2018

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Duty to care for student mental health has legal implications for universities – OUT-LAW.com

‘Universities have a duty to support students with mental health issues, but there are a series of legal issues that they need to consider which should shape how they do so.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2018

Source: www.out-law.com