Focusing on the latest digital trends and risks and developments in the field of data protection, privacy, information and cyber law.

ICO investigation into the Royal Free’s use of patient data used as an opportunity to educate

Charlotte Mullarkey

In a case which has wide implications for the health care sector, the ICO has ruled that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the UK Data Protection Act when it provided personal data of about 1.6 million patients to Google DeepMind. The personal data was provided as part of a trial Read More

A29 Working Party Opinion on Data Processing at Work

Nigel Parker

  The boundaries between work and home are increasingly blurred.  This means employee monitoring activities can inadvertently extend to monitoring employees in a private context. The Article 29 Working Party recently published a new opinion concerning data processing at work. It covers a wide range of topics, including the processing of employee data on social Read More

ICO Promises to Perform on the International Stage

David Smith

Last month I commented on the Information Commissioner’s new Information Rights Strategic Plan which promised that there was more to come, not least an International Strategy for the ICO. Now that this International Strategy has been published it doesn’t disappoint. I must though confess to a certain amount of self interest here. When I was Read More

The intersection of US litigation and EU data privacy laws

Laura Hall

Companies with operations in the EU are increasingly finding that the broad scope of discovery in litigation in the United States is in conflict with their obligations under laws implementing the EU Data Privacy Directive. Most US courts, when considering whether production of documents in violation of foreign data privacy law should be compelled, have Read More

The ICO’s New Strategic Plan – A Change Of Course Or Steady As She Goes?

David Smith

You may have seen that on 25 May, with exactly one year to go until the GDPR takes effect, the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, published her office’s Information Rights Strategic Plan for 2017- 2021. This might not be headline grabbing stuff but it’s important nevertheless as it sets out how the ICO will be approaching Read More

GDPR: Are we losing sight of today’s risks as we all look to the future?

David Smith

This week all eyes are on the future. There’s just one year to go until the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and we have the promise, in the Conservative Party’s manifesto, that here in the UK we will be getting a new data protection law that is Read More