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

Facing Fines—The Mechanics of Facebook’s Reportedly Forthcoming FTC Settlement

Kyle Coogan

On April 24, 2019, Facebook announced to investors that it expects to set aside an amount between $3 billion and $5 billion in relation to the investigation by the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding Cambridge Analytica prior to any final judgment on the matter.  In mid-July, it was reported that the FTC voted Read More

Corporate Venturing: How to use minority investments for strategic gain

William Samengo-Turner

Corporate venturing is becoming an increasingly popular tool among organisations looking to boost innovation and accelerate digital transformation. Corporate partner William Samengo-Turner discusses the role of corporate venturing and the issues that investors should consider in this podcast. Read More

Plugins from social media platforms “Like” Facebook can trigger joint controllership

Adam Smith

To many consumer-facing businesses, it’s something of a no-brainer to include in their websites social media plugins such as those offered by global platforms like Facebook and Twitter. After all, is there a cheaper and more innocuous way of marketing than by giving website visitors the opportunity to share the products they like with their Read More

Operationalising data ethics in the financial services sector

Karishma Brahmbhatt

Financial institutions have become accustomed to managing gigantic volumes of data, ranging from customer data to business intelligence and employee data. However, the financial services sector is being revolutionised by data-driven, and data-generating, technology. With the likes of mobile, blockchain and artificial intelligence reshaping traditional financial services, we are seeing the emergence of a new Read More

Should we be Surprised by the Latest ICO Fines?

David Smith

Like many others in the data protection world I was initially taken aback by the size of latest fines proposed by the ICO. The idea of fining British Airways in excess of £183m and Marriott International nearly £100m for data breaches that in pre-GDPR days would have attracted fines of no more than £500,000, and Read More

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