GDPR – the golden opportunity behind the administrative nightmare – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, news, privacy by sally

‘Olive Cooke. You may not recall her name but you may remember the terrible story of the little old lady driven to take her own life partly as a result of being pursued relentlessly for donations by various charities who had obtained her contact details directly or indirectly.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 6th October 2017

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High court rejects challenge to status of UK press regulator – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2017 in defamation, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘The UK’s officially recognised press regulator, Impress, has fought off a high court challenge over its status. The News Media Association (NMA), which represents publishers, said the Press Recognition Panel (PRP), which was set up under a royal charter after the Leveson inquiry, should not have given Impress formal approval a year ago.’

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the Guardian, 12th October 2017

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Privacy controls should be developed for users of connected and autonomous vehicles, say data watchdogs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 9th, 2017 in computer programs, data protection, internet, news, privacy, road traffic by sally

‘Users of connected and autonomous vehicles should be able to control who is given access to the data generated by those vehicles, data protection watchdogs from across the globe have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2017

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Restrictions on media communications in the interests of truth or privacy – 5RB

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in defamation, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This paper challenges the bad image that has been gained by the United Kingdom law of defamation and explains why I do not consider that that image is fair or warranted.’

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5RB, 14th September 2017

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Data law: don’t expect a soft start, lawyers warned – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Any hope that a tough new data protection regime will be enforced lightly at first were dashed this week by a senior figure at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May next year, regardless of domestic legislation currently before parliament.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th September 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

British courts may unlock secrets of how Trump campaign profiled US voters – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in data protection, foreign jurisdictions, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Legal mechanism may help academic expose how Big Data firms like Cambridge Analytica and Facebook get their information.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2017

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Another Data Protection Act! “You’re joking! Not another one!” – A Short History of Data Protection Legislation in the UK – NIPC Law

Posted September 25th, 2017 in data protection, news, privacy by sally

‘Towards the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, concern was expressed in a number of countries about the power of computers to gather, collate and disseminate personal information. In the UK, such concerns were referred to a committee chaired by Sir Kenneth Younger that had been appointed to consider privacy. In its report – the Younger Committee Report on Privacy 1972 (Cmnd 5012) – the committee found no evidence that the use of computers by the private sector constituted a threat to privacy at that time but it accepted the possibility that such use might be a threat in the future (para 69 of that report). Younger advised the government to set up a body with representatives from the computer industry to monitor and report on such use and to recommend action as and when necessary.’

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NIPC Law, 23rd September 2017

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Green groups claim ‘important victory’ in challenge to legal costs rules – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2017 in charities, costs, environmental protection, judgments, news, privacy by tracey

‘Conservation and environmental groups have claimed an “important victory” in their high court challenge to new legal costs rules which they say make it much harder to bring cases to protect the environment.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2017

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Watchdog warns over police database of millions of facial images – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2017 in data protection, news, police, privacy, reports by tracey

‘An official watchdog has issued a fresh warning over the police’s use of more than 20m facial images on their searchable databases, more than five years after the courts ruled that the inclusion of images of innocent people was unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2017

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News Group settles 17 cases related to allegations of criminality at the Sun – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘The publisher of the Sun and the defunct News of the World has settled 17 cases of phone hacking and illegally obtaining personal information, avoiding a high-profile court case.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2017

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New duty to notify data breaches will provide general benefits to data privacy and security, says UK watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 7th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, news, notification, privacy, regulations by tracey

‘Data security and privacy will be bolstered by the introduction of new data breach reporting requirements, the UK’s information commissioner has said..’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th September 2017

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Talk about a revolution: the internet and children proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in children, evidence, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Jennifer Kotilaine, barrister of 3PB, reflects on the various ways in which the application of children law has adapted to the internet and social media and on the further adaptations that may lie ahead.’

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Family Law Week, 17th August 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Council sends abuse allegations to wrong address after Google Map search – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 17th, 2017 in confidentiality, data protection, local government, news, privacy by sally

‘Cheshire West and Chester Council has given an undertaking to the Information Commissioner’s Office after a number of data breaches including allegations of historic sexual abuse being sent to an incorrect address due to the address and postcode being obtained from a Google Map search.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th August 2017

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Publishing salacious material as public interest besmirches press freedom – The Guardian

‘Seedy legal plea to name couple filmed having sex by police officer Adrian Pogmore is anything but a matter of high principle.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2017

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New law could criminalise uncovering personal data abuses, advocate warns – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in anonymity, bills, data protection, fines, identification, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A new law proposed to protect the privacy of British internet users could end up criminalising the only people working to uncover abuses of personal data, a leading privacy researcher has warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Woman fights to change the law after being told man who put camera up her skirt did nothing wrong – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2017 in crime, news, outraging public decency, photography, privacy, sexual offences, voyeurism by tracey

‘When a man took a picture up Gina Martin’s skirt when she was enjoying herself at a festival, she was sure he could be punished. However, after being told he did nothing illegal, she has taken things into her own hands and started a campaign which has reverberated across the country – to make ‘upskirting’ a specific offence under the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2017

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Prevent Duty Guidance withstands “clamorous” criticism – Marina Wheeler QC – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In the wake of the London and Manchester attacks, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy is increasingly in the news and under scrutiny. Radicalisation is a difficult concept to map on to a system like ours, which separates the definition of criminal behaviour and punishment from civil sanctions. In this week’s podcast, Marina Wheeler discusses some of the ways the law is trying to cope (Law Pod UK Episode 8, available on Monday 7 August). She and others from 1 Crown Office Row will be discussing this and related issues at a seminar on Monday 11 September. You will find full details at the end of this post.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th August 2017

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Data protection: GDPR and employee surveilance – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2017 in data protection, EC law, employment, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘At present all employers have to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when conducting employee surveillance, as they will be gathering and using personal data about living, identifiable individuals (location, movements, internet browsing history and so on). Part 3 of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Data Protection Employment Practices Code is an important document to follow to avoid DPA breaches. It covers all types of employee surveillance.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st July 2017

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Madonna and twin girls accept damages over Mail Online article – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in adoption, damages, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘Madonna and her twin daughters, Stella and Estere, have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a “serious invasion of privacy”.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2017

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Extent of fraud and cyber crime laid out in new statistics – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 25th, 2017 in computer crime, crime, data protection, fraud, news, privacy, statistics by sally

‘More than five million cases of fraud and computer misuse offences were recorded in England and Wales in a single year, according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2017

Source: www.out-law.com