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New US Privacy Bill on the Way

Core US Privacy Principles  On 18th November Democratic Senators issued a set of core principles that should underpin any proposed Federal Privacy legislation. The principles cover several issues across four categories to protect consumer privacy: (1) establish data safeguards, (2) invigorate competition, (3) strengthen consumer and civil rights, and (4) impose real accountability. New US…
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What does the law say about protecting your health and other sensitive data?

Health data, identity theft and fraud are among the most significant concerns of data protection, especially where sensitive personal data is concerned.  Now the Information Commissioners Office has published detailed guidance on how data controllers should protect and handle this ‘Special Category’ data.  Special category data Known as the most sensitive category of personal data,…
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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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There Now Follows A Brief Interlude…

This blog, charting the progress of the UK towards Brexit and its impacts from a data protection perspective, has been running for a few months now. It seems that every week there has been a new twist or sudden change in direction. This week, again contrary to many commentators’ predictions, came the news that we…
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The Countdown Clock Stalls

Shortly after he was installed in post, the new Chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced that three million new 50 pence coins celebrating Brexit would be issued on 31st October to mark the UK’s exit from the EU.  Millions more were set to be minted in the following months. The move was supposed to underline the Government’s…
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How to conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) in 8 simple steps

Many business activities these days will entail significant amounts of data processing and transference. It’s not always clear-cut as to what your organisation does that legally requires, or does not legally require, an impact assessment on the use of personal data – i.e. a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA). People may be familiar with Privacy…
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Brexit. 14 Days to Go – A Declaration of Intent

Well who saw that coming? Suddenly at about 10.30 on Thursday morning came the announcement that the UK Government and the EU have agreed a Brexit deal. It came as something of a surprise as public pronouncements from both sides of the negotiations had been suggesting a deal was increasingly unlikely. Maybe this was expectation…
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Chief Constable responds to controversy over Prevent database

If a company or public organisation is holding personal or otherwise sensitive data, it is naturally to be expected that they would maintain high standards of security and data protection. This applies regardless of the context in which the data is being processed. Of course, there are certain categories of data that carry greater risk…
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