Information Commissioners Office

On August 26, 2021, the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport made news by publishing a document indicating its intent to begin making adequacy decisions for UK data transfers to foreign jurisdictions and by announcing its preferred candidate for the position of new UK Information Commissioner.
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On August 9, 2021, the UK First-Tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) (“FTT”) reduced a fine imposed by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) against Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd (“DDL”) from £275,000 to £92,000, a reduction of approximately two thirds. DDL, which supplies medicines to customers and care homes, was fined in December 2019 for failure to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The ICO also issued an Enforcement Notice, requiring DDL to take certain actions to bring its processing into compliance.

Continue Reading UK First-Tier Tribunal Cuts ICO’s Doorstep Dispensaree Fine by Two Thirds

On July 30, 2021, the UK High Court handed down its judgment in the case of Warren v DSG Retail Ltd [2021] EWHC 2168 (QB), determining that the claimant could not seek damages on the basis of misuse of personal information, breach of confidence or common law negligence following a data breach.
Continue Reading UK High Court Dismisses Claims Following DSG Data Breach

On June 29, 2021, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) published guidance for businesses on child online safety, which includes guidance on data protection and privacy, age-appropriate content, positive user interactions, and protecting children from online sexual exploitation and abuse.

Continue Reading DCMS and ICO Publish Guidance on Protecting Children Online

On June 4, 2021, the European Commission published the final version of the implementing decision on standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data to third countries under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, as well as the final version of the new standard contractual clauses.
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On April 9, 2021, the First-Tier Tribunal of the General Regulatory Chamber stayed proceedings in Ticketmaster UK Limited’s (“Ticketmaster’s”) appeal against a fine issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) until 28 days after a judgment in civil litigation brought by 795 customers against Ticketmaster. The group action, which relates to the breach for which Ticketmaster was fined by the ICO, is currently before the High Court in England. As a result of the stay in proceedings, the appeal likely will not be heard before the Tribunal until mid to late 2023.

Continue Reading Ticketmaster Appeal of ICO Fine Stayed by UK Tribunal Until 2023

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth has submitted its comments on the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s draft guidance on the safeguarding of the personal data of children when providing online services.
Continue Reading CIPL Submits Comments on Irish DPC’s Guidance on Safeguarding Personal Data of Children

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office in relation to new UK adequacy assessments following the UK’s departure from the European Union. The Memorandum of Understanding sets out how DCMS and third countries will negotiate adequacy decisions, referred to under the Memorandum of Understanding as “adequacy regulations”.
Continue Reading UK Government and ICO Agree on Procedure for Future Adequacy Decisions