Can employers still monitor employees’ communications in light of Barbulescu v Romania? Don’t panic, they can. But, the decision in Barbulescu v Romania from the appeal chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) shows that, in future, they must apply their mind in a much more rigorous way to how they go about it.
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) amounts to a significant overhaul of existing data protection regulation and is designed to be ‘technology neutral’. However, how the GDPR will cope with emerging block chain technology and a move towards the decentralisation of data storage remains to be seen.
Not long ago, we distilled a series of recent cases and produced practical guidance (see here and here) for employers on dealing with subject access requests under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“SARs”). These blogs were intended to complement our earlier blog “Top 10 tips for responding to a subject access request”, which was prepared with the Information Commissioner’s (“ICO”) original code of practice in mind. That code of practice has now been re-issued in light of the recent guidance from the courts and can be found on the ICO’s website here. The code itself is lengthy and detailed, but in this blog, we have picked out another top 10 tips from the most useful and practical additions to the revised code.
Shortly after 11.30am today the 64th Queen’s Speech of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was delivered at the State Opening of Parliament. This important ceremonial event aimed to set the UK parliamentary agenda for the next two years.