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

CJEU Pokes Facebook – SCCs in Need of a Status Update

Benjamin Scrace

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) heard oral submissions on Tuesday regarding the validity of standard contractual clauses (SCCs) in Facebook Ireland & Schrems (Case C-311/18) (“Schrems II”). The Advocate General’s non-binding opinion (to be released in December 2019) will be analysed closely – SCCs underpin international transfers (not just to the Read More

ICO bares its teeth with plans to issue over £280m in fines

Adam Smith

Those in the travel sector would be forgiven for feeling rather nervous after the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced plans to issue major fines to British Airways and Marriott International following separate data breach incidents in 2018. On 8 June 2019, the ICO issued a statement of its intention to fine British Airways £183.39m Read More

CMA launches digital markets strategy and market study into online platforms and digital advertising

Jessica Bowring

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a document setting out its digital markets strategy and, in parallel, has launched a market study into online platforms and digital advertising. These developments follow on from a series of independent reports into the digital sector, including the Furman Report in March and the Lear Report in June. They also build on Read More

New UK ICO guidance on cookies and similar technologies

Nigel Parker

Recent changes to the cookie consent tool on www.ico.org.uk were a good sign that updated guidance from the ICO, on the use of cookies and similar technologies, would soon arrive. The ICO duly published its updated guidance on 3 July. In the run up to GDPR, and since, many companies have adopted enhanced cookie consent tools Read More

Tech Collaborations – Harnessing potential whilst balancing risk

Megan McMellon

On 18 June, Google and Sanofi announced a new collaboration aimed at accelerating healthcare innovation. The collaboration has three key objectives: to better understand patients and diseases; to increase Sanofi’s operational efficiency; and to improve the experience of Sanofi’s patients and customers. Google and Sanofi will develop an Innovation Lab to test and explore both Read More

New ICO report on adtech and real time bidding issues a warning shot to the adtech industry

Karishma Brahmbhatt

Following its adtech fact-finding forum in March this year, on 20 June 2019 the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its Update report into adtech and real time bidding. The good news for those engaging in online behavioural advertising is that the report acknowledges that “the automated delivery of ad impressions is here to stay”. Read More