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17 August 2023

In the News: Consequences of a Data Breach to your Organisation

By Sofia Carroll, Information Governance Manager The Electoral Commission announces that cyber attackers accessed the personal details of people registered to vote between 2014 and 2022. We look at what such a breach may mean for your organisation and what you can do to avoid and manage it. This week we learned that cyber attackers […]

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25 May 2023

In the News: Data Breach affecting the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) 

What has happened? Capita (a sub-contractor for many public sector organisations) recently reported a cyber incident involving hackers targeting some of its computer servers.[1] In mid-May it was confirmed that USS members data was held on the affected servers.  This affects around 470,000 active, deferred and retired members, and includes the following personal data: What does […]

5 July 2021

Compliance with the Children’s Code: Data Protection Impact Assessments

By Faye Cheung, Researcher The Children’s Code comes into force on 2nd September 2021. All organisations within scope of the Children’s Code must be compliant by this date. Its scope covers those who provide ‘information society services likely to be accessed by children’.[1] This means that online services such as social media sites, news services, […]

21 June 2021

New Resources Just Launched!

We recently worked with the Beyond programme to create two new accessible digital guides: Copyright and Open Licensing – a guide and Data protection and online security: An introduction. We were delighted to support the Beyond programme, which was created in response to the pandemic to help support non-profits adapt their services by building their design and digital […]

8 June 2021

A Round-up of the Latest Data Protection News

By Faye Cheung, Researcher Data Sharing Code of Practice in Parliament On the 18th May the UK Government laid the Data Sharing Code of Practice before Parliament. It will be with Parliament for 40 sitting days before coming into force.[1] The Code seeks to give organisations practical steps as to how to share data whilst […]

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22 April 2021

UK GDPR Top Tips

By Naomi Korn, Managing Director In the UK, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sits side by side with the Data Protection Act 2018 as the UK GDPR. The intention of this EU derived legislation was to harmonise data protection rules across EU member states. It applies to data processing carried out by individuals and […]

20 April 2021

Protecting Personal Data: Cyber Security

By Faye Cheung, Researcher One of the key principles of data protection law is security. In 2019 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined a London-based pharmacy for its ‘careless’ storage of sensitive personal data.[1] The pharmacy had left approximately 500,000 paper documents containing special category personal data in unlocked containers on its premises.[2] The lack […]

22 March 2021

A Step Closer to Adequacy

By Faye Cheung, Researcher The European Commission (EC) has published its eagerly awaited draft adequacy decision regarding transfers of personal data from the EEA (European Economic Area) to the United Kingdom.[1] The draft decision concludes that the UK provides an adequate level of protection for personal data coming from the EEA. This is of great […]

15 February 2021

Data on the Move: What Next for Data Protection Worldwide?

It's hoped that improvements to data protection and privacy rights will continue to increase around the world. However, the key challenge will be in agreeing on 'baseline' standards and in enforcing it.

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2 December 2020

Keeping Children Safe Online – The New 2020 Code

By Carol Tullo, OBE, Senior Consultant In recent months, and perhaps a little under the radar with so much else going on, two significant initiatives that focus on the protection of children have been published.  The UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper in 2019 highlighted that 99% of 12-15 year olds in the UK were […]

14 October 2020

Transferring Data Abroad: The Implications of Schrems II

By Faye Cheung, Researcher Background: Schrems I In 2015 Max Schrems, a law student at the time, took the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to court over inaction against complaints that he had made about Facebook. The case was considered by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) after The Guardian’s exposé of a US National Security […]

28 August 2020

GDPR in the News

By Naomi Korn and Faye Cheung Naomi and Faye reflect on the lawfulness of the Government’s Track and Trace systems, discuss protecting personal data post COVID-19 and provide top tips regarding keeping data secure. Lawfulness of the Government’s Track and Trace Systems Online security and privacy considerations will underpin the technological solutions transforming the shift […]

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