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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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GDPR: Are we losing sight of today’s risks as we all look to the future?

David Smith

This week all eyes are on the future. There’s just one year to go until the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and we have the promise, in the Conservative Party’s manifesto, that here in the UK we will be getting a new data protection law that is Read More

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Smart contracts for finance parties

Conor O'Hanlon

WHAT IS A SMART CONTRACT? “Smart contracts are neither particularly smart nor are they strictly speaking, contracts.” – Monax.io A smart contract is a set of promises, agreed between parties and encoded in software, which, when criteria are met, are performed automatically. The concept of a smart contract is used to cover a spectrum of scenarios Read More

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The Netherlands: Obligation to notify serious cybersecurity incidents might expose banks to new risks

Peter Eijsvoogel

A draft Dutch law will, once adopted, require mandatory notification of security breaches or loss of integrity of ICT systems that may have a significant impact on the availability or integrity of certain vital products or services (the Bill). The Bill will affect the financial services sector. The new law is expected to take effect Read More

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Autonomous & connected vehicles: navigating the legal issues

Nigel Parker

Research has forecast the inexorable rise of the “connected car” and the continued push towards autonomous vehicles. We can expect to see significant disruption to the automotive industry as a consequence of changes to the value chain and business models driven by these developments. We have prepared a paper, which discusses key trends and legal Read More

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Payment service providers face even tougher DP requirements than those under the GDPR

Jane Finlayson-Brown

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are bringing new open banking initiatives to the forefront of online payment services, with huge potential for innovation.  Although access to data is essential in the rise of APIs, processing personal data for open banking initiatives covered by Payment Services Directives or the Open Banking Standard will always require explicit consent. Read More

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