Consumer protection

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Encouraging innovation whilst protecting the NHS data resource – a new code for digital technology

Emma Keeling

As big data continues to be big news and data protection law continues to evolve, it is timely that the Department for Health and Social Care (the Department) has published a code of conduct relating to the use of data-driven health and care technology (the Code). Published in its initial form last week (5th September), Read More

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