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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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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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Brexit: 55 Days to Go, or is it?

It has been a momentous week for UK politics. With Parliament back from the summer recess MPs moved to seize the Order Paper from Government. There then followed an audacious move to legislate against a “No Deal” Brexit, a move which would hamstring the Government’s Brexit negotiation strategy. The Government’s strenuous attempts to prevent the…
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Stop All the Clocks (with apologies to WH Auden)

The weekend papers informed us that many of the Brexit Countdown clocks installed in Number 10 and elsewhere across Whitehall have been turned off.  The countdown clocks initiated by the Prime Minister’s most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, were designed to underline the Government’s firm resolve to leave the EU by 31st October. Deal or No…
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Sweden issues first fine under GDPR for the use of facial recognition technology in a school

Previously on this blog, we discussed the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigation into the planned rollout of facial recognition software for a large site around King’s Cross in London. This investigation has renewed scrutiny of the technology among data protection observers, particularly in its relation to privacy rights. Facial recognition technology for use in…
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Countdown to Brexit… 69 days to go

The new Parliamentary session starts on 3rd September. Inevitably the session will be, once again, dominated by Brexit. With so little time between the start of the session and the Brexit deadline of Hallowe’en (31st October) there will be little Parliamentary time given over to any issues other than the terms of the UK’s exit…
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Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra under scrutiny amid concerns of ‘data handling practices’

It would be giving the burgeoning cryptocurrency Libra short shrift to call it ambitious. Its aims as stated in the Libra Association’s white paper are lofty even by the rhetorical standards of Silicon Valley. If defining Libra as ‘the internet of money’ isn’t enough to convince you of the level of its aspiration, the paper…
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