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UK ICO Revises Subject Access Guidance Following Court Rulings

On June 20, 2017, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published an updated version of its Code of Practice on Subject Access Requests. The updates are primarily in response to three Court of Appeal decisions from earlier this year regarding data controllers’ obligations to respond to subject access requests. The revisions more closely align the ICO’s position with the court’s judgments.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Stresses Importance of Preparing for the GDPR and Addresses the ICO’s Role Post-Brexit

With just under one year to go before the EU General Data Protection Regulation becomes law across the European Union, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has continued its efforts to help businesses prepare for the new law, including by issuing updated guidance and its Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The ICO also has taken steps to address its own role post-Brexit.… Continue Reading

ICO Publishes Guidance on Consent under the EU GDPR

Recently, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published draft guidance regarding the consent requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation that sets forth how the ICO interprets the GDPR’s consent requirements, and its recommended approach to compliance and good practice. … Continue Reading

UK Government Quizzed on GDPR Implementation and Post-Brexit Data Protection

On February 1, 2017, Matt Hancock, the UK Government Minister responsible for data protection, was questioned by the House of Lords committee on the UK’s implementation plan of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in the context of Brexit. In responding to the questioning, Hancock revealed further details into the UK Government’s position on implementing the GDPR into UK law.… Continue Reading

UK Government Releases Plan for Exiting the EU

On February 2, 2017, the UK government published a white paper entitled The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union, which makes clear that the UK intends to maintain close ties with the European Union and its 27 remaining Member States after Brexit. … Continue Reading

CJEU Challenges Legality of UK Interceptions Laws

On December 21, 2016, a judgment by the Court of Justice for the European Union that clarifies EU surveillance laws has called into question the legality of the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The decision could have significant implications on the UK’s chances of securing “adequacy” status for its data protection regime post-Brexit.… Continue Reading

UK Parliament Approves Investigatory Powers Bill

On November 16, 2016, the UK Investigatory Powers Bill was approved by the UK House of Lords. The draft of the Bill has sparked controversy, as it will hand significant and wide-ranging powers to state surveillance agencies, and has been strongly criticized by some privacy and human rights advocacy groups. … Continue Reading

UK Government Confirms Implementation of GDPR in UK

On October 24, 2016, the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed that the UK will implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) by May 2018. The UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has officially welcomed this confirmation and said that the UK must stay on top of the continuing digital economy … Continue Reading

CIPL Hosts Workshop on Transparency and Risk Assessment

On October 20, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership hosted a side workshop at the International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners focused on transparency and risk assessment, entitled “The Role of Risk Assessment and Transparency in Enabling Organizational Accountability in the Digital Economy.”… Continue Reading

UK ICO Seeks Personal Liability for Directors

On October 13, 2016, Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, suggested at a House of Commons Public Bill Committee meeting that directors of companies who violate data protection laws should be personally liable to pay fines.… Continue Reading

UK Government Ends NHS Patient Database Scheme

On July 6, 2016, the UK government decided to close its controversial care.data scheme after concerns were raised about the safeguards in place to protect individuals’ health care data and issues with patient transparency.… Continue Reading
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