Category Archives: Privacy

Let the Fun Begin! New EU Data General Protection Regulation #GDPR is Adopted

After four years of negotiation, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has today been formally adopted by the European Parliament. The Regulation will soon be available in all the official EU languages. The Regulation will take effect twenty … Continue reading

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GDPR: The Data Protection Principles (but not as you know them Jim!)

Having recently attended the Information Commissioner’s Office Data Protection Practitioners Conference in Manchester, I should start this blog post by echoing the words of our outgoing Commissioner, Christopher Graham, that the Regulation text is not the final version until later … Continue reading

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Monitoring Staff Use of Social Networks: The Human Rights Implications

According to a recent FOI request made by BBC Radio 5 live, last year there was a rise in the number of UK council staff suspended after being accused of breaking social media rules. Many employers, both in the public … Continue reading

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Data Breach Notification and the New EU Data Protection Regulation

  The new EU General Data Protection Regulation contains an obligation on Data Controllers to notify supervisory authorities of personal data breaches. In some cases this extends to the Data Subjects as well. Article 4 of the Regulation defines a … Continue reading

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The Investigatory Powers Bill: Implications for Local Authorities

                      The government’s controversial Draft Investigatory Powers Bill was published in early November. Amongst other things, the Bill: Requires web and phone companies to store records of websites visited by … Continue reading

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‘The Great CPS Data-breach!’

                        No, this isn’t a new multi-million pound blockbuster, but instead a £200,000 error the Crown Prosecution Service probably wishes it had never made. On the 4th November 2015 … Continue reading

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Surveillance under RIPA: neither a strict legal framework nor rigorously overseen – Sam Lincoln

Originally posted on UK Human Rights Blog:
Those charged with the task of protecting the public from harm resort to assertion similar to that here attributed to a GCHQ spokesperson: Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict…

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