Data sharing

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

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ICO Brings Some Welcome Clarification to the GDPR’s International Transfer Rules

David Smith

One of the challenges thrown up by the GDPR is understanding the interrelation between the extra-territorial scope provisions in Article 3 and the restrictions on international transfer in Chapter V. How, for example, do the international transfer restrictions apply, if they apply at all, to a data controller that has no presence in the EU Read More

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ICO investigation into the Royal Free’s use of patient data used as an opportunity to educate

Charlotte Mullarkey

In a case which has wide implications for the health care sector, the ICO has ruled that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the UK Data Protection Act when it provided personal data of about 1.6 million patients to Google DeepMind. The personal data was provided as part of a trial Read More

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Allen & Overy updates UK data protection App “Access Assist”

Nigel Parker

Whilst most data privacy specialists are understandably focused on moving towards compliance with the GDPR, it is important not to lose sight of existing challenges. One particular challenge among them, for many, is dealing with data subject access requests. These requests are a perennial problem for many businesses, often made by disgruntled employees or customers Read More

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What hangs in the balance in Microsoft’s win against the U.S. government?

Keren Livneh

On July 14, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a District Court decision ordering Microsoft to comply with a warrant issued in a U.S. narcotics trafficking investigation to produce a customer’s web-based emails, stored exclusively on servers in Ireland. The Second Circuit held that the Stored Communications Act (SCA), under which Read More

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In a privacy paradigm shift, Microsoft sues the US government.

Keren Livneh

On April 15, 2016, Microsoft filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General in the Western District of Washington (where Microsoft is headquartered), seeking a declaration that a provision of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is unconstitutional on the basis that it prohibits Microsoft from notifying its customers when a warrant is Read More

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