Tag Archives: United Kingdom

Article 29 Working Party Reports on Cookie Sweep Results

On February 3, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party published a report on a sweep of 478 websites across eight EU Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom). The sweep was conducted to assess compliance with Article 5.3 of the e-Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC, as amended by 2009/136/EC.… Continue Reading

Centre's Risk Workshop II in Brussels Emphasizes that Risk-Based Approach to Privacy Does Not Change Legal Obligations but Helps Calibrate Their Effective Implementation

On November 18, 2014, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams held the second workshop in its ongoing work on the risk-based approach to privacy and a Privacy Risk Framework. Approximately 70 Centre members, privacy regulators and other privacy experts met in Brussels to discuss the benefits and challenges of the risk-based approach, operationalizing risk assessments within organizations, and employing risk analysis in enforcement. … Continue Reading

Hunton Global Privacy Update – September 2014

On September 16, 2014, Hunton & Williams’ Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group hosted the latest webcast in its Hunton Global Privacy Update series. The program covered a number of privacy and data protection topics, including updates in the EU and Germany, highlights on the UK Information Commissioner’s Office annual report and an APEC update.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Releases Its Annual Report for 2013/2014

On July 15, 2014, the UK Information Commissioner's Office released its Annual Report for 2013/14, in which it calls for increases in its funding and substantial new powers to help combat a range of growing privacy and data protection concerns.… Continue Reading

New Independent Commission on Internet Governance Launched

On January 22, 2014, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt announced the creation of a new independent commission to examine the future of Internet governance. The Global Commission on Internet Governance is being launched by think tanks Chatham House and The Centre for International Governance Innovation.… Continue Reading

UK High Court Rules in Cookies Claim Against Google

On January 16, 2014 the High Court in London rejected submissions made on behalf of Google Inc. (“Google”) that the case brought against it by three UK-based users of Apple’s Safari browser should be heard in the U.S., rather than before an English court. The decision means that the case could be heard before a … Continue Reading

UK ICO to Investigate Only Serious or Repeat Violations

On December 18, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner's Office published a public consultation document containing its proposed strategy for handling data protection violation complaints. The ICO is seeking comments on the proposal through January 31, 2014, and intends to implement the new approach beginning in April.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Publishes App Developer Guidance

In December 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued non-binding guidance aimed at app developers (the “Guidance”). The Guidance applies to all types of mobile devices, including smart TVs and video game consoles.… Continue Reading

ICO Privacy Notice Code Review

As we reported on October 8, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner's Office is in the process of reviewing its Privacy Notices Code of Practice. With the November 30 deadline for submitting comments fast approaching, today the ICO's Head of Policy Delivery posted a request for feedback on the ICO blog.… Continue Reading

Review of UK ICO Privacy Notices Code of Practice

In its October 2013 e-newsletter, the UK Information Commissioner's Office announced that it is reviewing its Privacy Notice Code of Practice to assess whether it should be updated. The Code, last updated in December 2010, is designed to assist organizations in drafting privacy notices.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Publishes New Guidance on Direct Marketing

On September 10, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) published new guidance on direct marketing (the “Guidance”). The Guidance explains the application of the two principal legislative instruments that affect direct marketing in the UK: (1) the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (“PECR”), which relates specifically to direct marketing; and (2) … Continue Reading
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