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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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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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Brexit Landing

Brexit “landing zone” in sight? Less than 30 days to find out …

So now we have it. On Wednesday the Prime Minister wrote to Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, with the Government’s proposals for a new “Protocol on Northern Ireland/Ireland”. This is an attempt to break the logjam of the Northern Ireland backstop which has held up progress on a Brexit deal for so long…
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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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European Council Presidency gets closer to finalising the ePrivacy Regulation

On the 18th September, the Presidency of the European Council published its proposed amendments to the draft ePrivacy Regulation which will replace the current ePrivacy Directive framework. With the new regulation in place, the EU’s framework for data protection and confidentiality of electronic communications will be complete. ePrivacy and GDPR How is the ePrivacy Directive…
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42 days and counting….

With the countdown to Brexit clock still ticking it seems that all has gone (relatively) quiet on the Brexit front. Parliament is not sitting and won’t be back until 14th October but this has not stopped politicians and commentators on all sides of the debate from re-iterating their deeply-held positions.    Behind the scenes, it…
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