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

Furman report on unlocking digital competition

Antonio Bavasso

On 13 March the UK Government published a report by an expert panel established by the Chancellor and led by Harvard economist and former White House economic adviser, Jason Furman, on reforms to competition rules and regulation in the digital sector: “Unlocking digital competition”. Executive summary The report was commissioned in the context of global Read More

Adtech tête-à-tête

Karishma Brahmbhatt

Since the dawn of the GDPR-era almost ten months ago, the Adtech industry has found itself the privacy equivalent of Pantone’s Color of the year. During their relatively short stint under the GDPR microscope, adtech players have already seen: 1. Web and cross-device tracking for marketing making its way onto the ICO’s priority-list for 2018-2019; Read More

Will the Post Brexit UK be an “Adequate” Destination for EU Data?

David Smith

For the moment everyone’s attention is on whether the UK will crash out of the EU on 29 March or whether a last minute transitional deal will be agreed. There could even be a delay to Brexit but sooner or later the question will arise as to whether a post Brexit UK can satisfy the Read More

EDPB adopts an opinion on the GDPR and Clinical Trials Regulation –clarifying the basis for processing personal data in a clinical trial context

Emma Keeling

On the 23 January 2019, the European Data Protection Board (the EDPB) adopted an opinion on the interplay between the EU Clinical Trials Regulation (536/2014) (the CTR) and the General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) (the GDPR) (the Opinion). The Opinion aims to provide greater certainty for those conducting clinical trials, clarifying: • the distinction between Read More

German antitrust authority restricts Facebook’s processing of user data

Catharina Glugla

On 7 February 2019 the German antitrust authority (Bundeskartellamt) found that the extent to which Facebook collects, merges, attributes to and uses data in user accounts amounts to an abuse of a dominant position on the market for social networks. Under Facebook’s current terms and conditions, users have to agree to Facebook: (1) collecting user Read More

Ethics takes to the stage at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

Emma Keeling

At the end of October, the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) took place in Brussels and Sofia. This forum, attended by hundreds of delegates from over 70 countries, provided an opportunity for open discussions on the latest developments in data protection, laws and ethics, in what is an increasingly data-driven Read More