Data Protection Blog

3 June 2016

Further update: EU-US Privacy Shield

Further to our last blog of 26 April 2016, we have three updates on the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Firstly, MEPs have passed a non-legislative resolution calling on the European Commission (the Commission) to remedy “deficiencies” in its proposals for the EU-US Privacy Shield.

18 December 2015

EU Data Protection Regulation: Here at last…well, nearly!

EU Data Protection Reform has been under discussion since 2012 with the intention to “make Europe fit for the digital age”.  This week the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached agreement on the final wording of the General Data Protection Regulation.  The draft Regulation is now widely expected to be formally approved in the new year.

Kirsty Churm

3 November 2015

A bitter pill: Hard lessons learnt by online pharmacy fined for selling customer data

The Information Commissioner has issued a monetary penalty notice (MPN) of £130,000 to Pharmacy2U, the UK's largest NHS approved online pharmacy, after it sold the details of 21,500 customers to third-parties through an online marketing company.  The Commissioner’s enforcement activity to date has focussed predominantly upon data security breaches. This is the first MPN for a breach of the first data protection principle under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) which concerns the fair and lawful processing of data. It provides both a reminder of the importance of the first principle and a lesson to all organisations about clear customer communication and consent. 

Emily Carter

23 October 2015

Landlords’ Right to Rent check obligations – mind the data protection, equality and criminal sanctions traps

The Home Office announced on 20 October 2015 that from 1 February 2016 all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. The new scheme will not apply in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for the time being. 

27 January 2015

Top tips on data protection for growing businesses

Any organisation that handles and captures customer or employee data, whether it be on a server, in a cloud or even on a usb stick, needs to follow the appropriate data protection laws in doing so or it can face heavy penalties.

Kirsty Churm

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