Author: datacompliant

Data Protection and Fingerprints

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), biometric data is considered special category data, which requires more stringent conditions for processing.  Fingerprints are an example of biometric data, and employers need to consider carefully how and where they use such data. When processing any personal data, an organisation needs to have legal grounds for…
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US Privacy Bill

On October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the remaining amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) into law.  The CCPA provides unprecedented privacy rights to California residents similar to those enjoyed by EU citizens since the implementation of GDPR. Most companies that do business with California will need to comply with the…
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Politics. Fines. Data Deletion.

GDPR Regulations begin to bite We are now beginning to see the impact of the GDPR regulations across politics, businesses and public services.  With the upcoming UK general election, the ICO is issuing timely reminders.  In Europe we are starting to see large fines being levied for GDPR breaches. ICO Issues Letter to UK Political…
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Politics and social media

Politics, Social Media and Data Protection

This has been a week where the combination of politics, social media and data protection have been much in evidence. Twitter political advertising ban Twitter boss Jack Dorsey decided to ban political advertising on Twitter globally, which has focussed attention on the use of personal data in targeting political messages. This has gained traction in…
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Brexit pathway

Brexit at 20 Days. A pathway emerges

This was the week in which Brexit positions hardened.  Last Monday it became clear that EU leaders were not won over by the UK Government’s Protocol.  The Protocol was launched amid high expectations on 2nd October.  It was designed to break the deadlock and introduce a new approach to the problem of customs checks between…
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legitimate interests and consent

GDPR. Legitimate Interests and Consent.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of legitimate interests and consent. It can be tricky working out the lawful basis (or bases) with which the data processing activities of your organisation are best defined and justified. They will vary across different business areas and between – and even within – industries.  Legitimate…
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Brexit. 35 days to go … and stormy times at Westminster

Well nobody saw that coming! On Tuesday, as storm clouds descended on Westminster, the Supreme Court delivered its own thunderbolt.  In a unanimous decision, all 11 Supreme Court Justices ruled that, in the circumstances, it was unlawful for the Government to advise the Queen to prorogue Parliament. The suspension of Parliament was void and the…
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Data Breaches in Cloud Computing

The cloud computing economy is expected to grow to $191 billion by 2020, an increase of $100 billion in five years, according to the analysts at Forrester. After Monday’s mega-leak, Ecuadorians may be a little hesitant to embrace this secular shift to cloud computing. The advantages of this system for storage and productivity are well-documented,…
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Operation Yellowhammer

Ornithology What has Brexit to do with a small member of the bunting family? A bird that is migratory, apparently recognising no national boundaries. One that is found throughout Europe and thrives in its adopted homes in Australia and New Zealand.  So widespread is the Yellowhammer (Emberiza citronella) that it has been adopted as the…
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Data sharing under GDPR: What you need to know

As mentioned elsewhere on our blog, the General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) is enshrined in UK law by the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). In this blog, we’re going to discuss the GDPR’s provisions for data sharing. First, here’s a quick intro to the terms by which people are labelled in their relation to data…
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