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Belgian Data Protection Authority’s first GDPR fine imposed on public official 

The Belgian DPA delivered a strong message on 28th May 2019, that data protection is “everyone’s concern” and everyone’s responsibility, by premiering the GDPR’s sanctioning provision in Belgium with a fine of €2,000 imposed on a mayor (‘bourgmestre’) for the illegal utilisation of personal data.  Purpose Limitation was Breached  The mayor in question used personal data obtained for the purposes of…
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Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) comes into effect in Thailand after royal endorsement

On 27th May, the Kingdom of Thailand’s first personal data protection law was published in the Government Gazette and made official. This comes three months after the National Legislative Assembly passed the Personal Data Protection Act in late February and submitted the act for royal endorsement.  While the law is now technically in effect Its main ‘operative provisions’…
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GDPR’s 1st Birthday

General Data Protection Regulation reaches its first birthday This blogpost arrives as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) reaches its first birthday, and a week after a report from the Washington-based Center for Data Innovation (CDI) suggested amendments to the GDPR. The report argues that regulatory relaxations would help foster Europe’s ‘Algorithmic Economy,’ purporting that GDPR’s restrictions of data…
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What is a Data Protection Officer (DPO), and do you need one?

A DPO (Data Protection Officer) is an individual responsible for ensuring that their organisation is processing the data of its staff, customers, providers and any other individuals, i.e. data subjects, in compliance with data protection regulations. As of the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a DPO is mandatory for: Public authorities; and Organisations that…
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HMRC’s 28 days to delete unlawfully obtained biometric data

In a statement released on 3rd May, the Information Commissioner’s Office reiterated their decision to issue HMRC a preliminary enforcement notice in early April. This initial notice was based on an investigation conducted by the ICO after a complaint from Big Brother Watch concerning HMRC’s Voice ID service on a number of the department’s helplines since January 2017. HMRC did not…
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Be Data Aware: the ICO’s campaign to improve data awareness

As the Information Commissioners Office’s ongoing investigation into the political weaponisation of data analytics and harvesting sheds more and more light on the reckless use of ‘algorithms, analysis, data matching and profiling’ involving personal information, consumers are becoming more data conscious. The ICO, as of 8th May, has launched an awareness campaign, featuring a video, legal factsheets reminding…
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The GDPR and Profiling

Profiling is a very useful tool which marketers have been using for decades to understand their customers better and to target them appropriately.  However, the GDPR does make some changes to how profiling is considered which should be considered carefully before profiling is undertaken.  For the first time, profiling has been included with automated processing…
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