cookie compliance

Time to put an end to half-baked cookies

Supervisory authorities across the UK and Europe are turning their attention to cookies in non-compliant websites – here are some tips to help you put things right

Facebook data breach – €265million fine

The Irish DPC has issued a fine of €265 million to Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (MPIL) – the data controller of the Facebook network – after a 19-month enquiry. The DPC also issued a reprimand and has imposed a range of specified remedial actions to be completed within three months. While the Irish DPC is…
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EU Commission Adopts EU-US Data Privacy Framework

Well it’s taken a few years of hard negotiation, but at last there’s good news (at least for now …) for EU – US data transfers. The long-awaited EU-US Data Privacy Framework (DPF) has now been voted upon by the EU. Adequacy status has been granted, and enters into force immediately (11th July 2023). This means…
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ICO fine of £4.4 Million for data breach  

We are now seeing larger fines under the GDPR and DPA.  Most recently, Interserve Group Ltd has been fined £4,400,000 because of a cyber attack relating to 113,000  employees. The ICO determined that Interserve broke data protection law by failing to put appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to prevent the unauthorised access of…
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Digital Services Act

EU Digital Services Act (DSA) – how will it affect you?

There’s a lot of buzz about the new upcoming legislation (Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA)) for digital services within the EU.  And on 23rd April, Parliament’s Internal Market Committee endorsed the provisionally reached agreement with EU governments on the Digital Services Act. UK Impact As these are EU regulations, they will…
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Queens' Speech - Data Reform Bill

Data Reform Bill – Queen’s Speech

In the Queen’s Speech on 10th May, 2022, The Prince of Wales stated that a Data Reform Bill will be introduced. This follows the Government’s September 2021 consultation paper on reforms to the UK’s data protection regime. There is no time-frame for delivery of the bill, but the announcement is encouraging for businesses who want…
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Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework

What’s next for data transfers between US and EU? Agreement in principle U.S. President Biden and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have reached agreement in principle over a new trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework.  While this is encouraging, the process of drawing up the detail within the agreement is likely still to take…
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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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Cybercriminals are increasingly impersonating WHO and the UN

Research by British security software and hardware company Sophos found that coronavirus email scams tripled in the last week of March, and we can expect the volume to be increasing. Over 3% of global spam is related to coronavirus, with many of these fraudulent emails impersonating the World Health Organisation or even the United Nations.…
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Fighting fake science: the Counter Disinformation Cell’s crackdown on coronavirus lies

Claims that gargling water for 15 seconds can cure COVID-19 symptoms, or that holding your breath for a certain amount of time is a valid test for the virus, have made the rounds on social media – with some organisations emailing their employees or clients statements along these lines. As Paymaster General Penny Mordaunt explained,…
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