Tag Archives: United Kingdom

FAQs for businesses and employers in the UK during the COVID-19 outbreak

Since March 11, when the World Health Organization (WHO) officially categorised the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a pandemic, it has become clear that the world is immensely struggling with the outbreak. It has even led to a massive slowdown in economic activity, causing volatility and turbulence in the financial markets. Therefore, apart from being a … Continue Reading

The Consumer Rights Act 2015: What does it mean for Businesses in the UK?

On October 1, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 went into effect in the UK.  Divided into three parts, the Act applies to the entire United Kingdom, and extends consumer rights and significantly restructures overall business-to-consumer relationships.  We have summarized the legislation and identified ways in which UK businesses that deal with consumers will likely be affected.  In … 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 High Court Defines Tests To Determine if Data is Personal

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The UK High Court was forced to re-examine the concept of ‘personal data’ in the recent case of Kelway v The Upper Tribunal, Northumbria Police and the Information Commissioner (2013) EWHC 2575 (Admin). The case involved an application for judicial review by Dr Kelway against two decisions of … Continue Reading

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Publishes Impact Assessment for European Commission Proposed Cybersecurity Directive

The UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued an impact assessment (IA) at the end of September on the draft Network and Information Security Directive (the Directive) proposed by the European Commission on 7 February 2013. The Directive aims to achieve a common high level of network and information security across … Continue Reading

UK Department of Health Response Supports Recommendations Following Caldicott Review

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The UK Department of Health has published a response supporting the Caldicott Review findings on information sharing of patient data across the health and care system. The Department of Health supported each of the information sharing findings: NHS England’s Information Strategy granting patients free access to their electronic … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity risks are higher than ever – Department for Business, Innovation & Skills reports

In April, the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) published the 2013 information security breaches survey: technical report. The report comprises the findings from four online questionnaires completed by 1,402 respondents, and contains a number of important cyberattack statistics for both large organizations and small businesses. The results clearly indicate that everyone needs … Continue Reading
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