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

Data Analytics and Political Campaigning – Looking Beyond the Headlines of the ICO’s Investigation

David Smith

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, was in the headlines last week after announcing her intention to impose a record fine of £½million on Facebook and launching her report on “Democracy Disrupted? Personal Information and Political Influence”,  a wide ranging and detailed investigation into the complex world of gathering and using personal data for political campaigning. Read More

IP owners to pay the costs of blocking access to infringing websites

David Stone

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that trade mark owners should pay the costs of implementing a court order requiring UK ISPs to block access to websites selling counterfeit goods. This is a reversal of previous decisions, which had required the ISPs to bear these costs. Rights holders will still be able to obtain Read More

The effect of the new UK cybersecurity laws

Charlotte Mullarkey

On 10 May the Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 came into force in the UK. These implement the EU NIS Directive, EU-wide rules on cybersecurity. The NIS Directive had to be transposed into Member State laws by 9 May 2018. Many Member States have not met the deadline. Which companies are caught? The UK Read More

ICO guidance on data protection fees – notification is dead, long live registration

Charlotte Mullarkey

To coincide with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the UK data protection authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) has issued guidance on the new proposed fee arrangement for the registration of data controllers in the UK. Assuming this proposal is approved by Parliament, the new ‘data protection fee’ will come Read More

Using artificial intelligence to fight financial crime – a legal risk perspective

Ian Rodgers

The Head of the Financial Crime Department at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA), Rob Gruppetta, gave a speech on “Using artificial intelligence to keep criminal funds out of the financial system” in December 2017 (1). In it, he explored how artificial intelligence (AI) could potentially be used to prevent financial crime, and for Read More

GDPR Guidelines – Is The Article 29 Working Party Going Too Far?

David Smith

The Article 29 Working Party has been working overtime to publish guidelines on a wide range of GDPR requirements. Not surprisingly, given the impact of the GDPR, there have been calls for even more guidance but the data protection authorities that make up the Working Party have limited resources and it is not always easy Read More