Tag Archives: UK

Binding corporate rules – Article 29 Working Party issues revised guidelines

On 6 February 2018, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted revised guidelines on binding corporate rules (BCRs). These were issued following a period of public consultation that concluded on 17 January 2018. Technology Law Dispatch previously covered the issuing of the draft guidelines last December, in a blog setting out the key elements of … Continue Reading

New data protection fees for UK businesses – Draft Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 and ICO guide published

On 20 February 2018, The Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) were laid before the UK parliament. The Regulations affect what businesses have to pay when registering their data protection arrangements with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). On 21 February 2018, the ICO issued a guide for data controllers about the proposed … Continue Reading

UK first: right-to-be-forgotten notice issued against Google Inc.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) has published what appears to be its first public enforcement notice based upon “the right to be forgotten” against Google Inc. The “right to be forgotten” was introduced by the ECJ last year when it held that data subjects have a right to compel search engines to remove results … Continue Reading

UK offers improved cyber security training to boost procurement profession

On 23 June, the UK government introduced a new online cyber security training course designed to assist the procurement profession to stay safe online. After a recent government survey found that half of the worst breaches were caused by human error, the government aims to increase awareness and help organisations reduce risk. The course, freely … Continue Reading

Cyber-Security in Corporate Finance

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue and James Wilkinson. The ICAEW has partnered with a task force, including the Law Society, the London Stock Exchange, the Takeover Panel and the Confederation of British Industry, to publish a guide on ‘Cyber-Security in Corporate Finance’ for 2014. Please click here to read the issued Client Alert. … Continue Reading

New UK Cyber Security Principles Released

Back in 2011, the Cabinet Office launched a cyber security strategy outlining steps the UK Government would take to tackle cyber crime by 2015. The National Cyber Security Programme invested £650 million funding to support the strategy ‘Protecting and Promoting the UK in a digital world’. Measures proposed by the strategy included: Reviewing existing legislation, … Continue Reading

UK Data Protection Watchdog Launches Public Consultation on Future Governance Strategy, ‘A 2020 Vision for Information Rights’

The UK Data Protection Watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has launched a public consultation on their future governance strategy, the ‘2020 Vision for Information Rights’. The ICO is being challenged by significant changes in the regulatory landscape triggered by imminent reform of EU data protection law. Simultaneously, the UK regulator is facing cutbacks in … Continue Reading

Google refuses to submit itself to the scrutiny of English courts

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. An action against the California-based Internet giant, Google, was recently brought in the English courts. The individuals, supported by the campaign group known as Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking, claim that the search engine provider bypassed the security settings on their Apple iPhones and Mac computers in … Continue Reading

“Stick, Twist or Bust?” UK Minister warns EU Commission not to gamble with the future direction of data protection law.

This post was also written by Nick Tyler. The UK Minister responsible for government policy on data protection has raised concerns about any proposed “radical rewrite” of the EU Data Protection Directive. Kenneth Clarke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, called for both flexibility and a common-sense solution to modernising data protection law. He … Continue Reading

‘What Cookies Are In Your Jar?’ – ICO’s guidance on compliance with new EU cookie law leaves industry something to chew on (and few crumbs of comfort!)

This post was written by Nick Tyler. With two weeks to go until implementation of an EU-wide amendment to the law on cookies and consent, the UK’s data protection regulator, the ICO, has issued initial guidance on compliance. It proposes three actions that organisations can take to mitigate their potential exposure to enforcement action in the … Continue Reading