Category Archives: Privacy

Google v Lloyd- Representative action for damages fails under the DPA 1998

  As more individuals become aware of the way in which organisations such as Facebook, and Google have used their personal data unlawfully, then the prospect of litigation, and class actions, seems increasingly likely.  However, the recent case of Lloyd … Continue reading

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Act Now launches GDPR Policy Pack

The first fine was issued recently under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the Austrian data protection regulator. Whilst relatively modest at 4,800 Euros, it shows that regulators are ready and willing to exercise their GDPR enforcement powers. Article … Continue reading

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Equifax Ltd fined £500,000 for significant breaches of the DPA 1998

On 20th September the Information Commissioner issued Equifax Ltd with a £500, 000 monetary penalty, the biggest fine it has issued to date, and the maximum allowed under the Data Protection Act 1998.  Although half a million pounds might sound a … Continue reading

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New RIPA Codes of Practice for Surveillance and CHIS

In August 2018 the revised Codes of Practice for Covert Surveillance and Property Interference and Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) were published. These contain substantial changes and additions which public authorities conducting surveillance under Part 2 of the Regulation of … Continue reading

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GDPR: Updating Privacy Notices

Are you caught in a last minute rush to update your privacy notice to comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), the requirement to issue privacy notices is tucked way in … Continue reading

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GDPR is coming but don’t panic!

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)will come into force in 3 weeks time. 25thMay though is not a cliff edge; nor is it doomsday when the Information Commissioner will start wielding her 20million Euro (fine) stick! In December, the Commissioner … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blackstone’s’ Guide to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 by Simon McKay (@simonmckay)

The Investigatory Powers Act received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. Nicknamed “the Snoopers’ Charter”, the Act provides that communications service providers may be required by the Secretary of State to retain communications data, for up to 12 months, where it … Continue reading

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