NEWS: JULY 2018

The ICO intends to fine Facebook £500,000 (the maximum possible) for the Cambridge Analytica data breaches. About 87 million Facebook users are believed to have been affected by the breaches, including about 1 million U.K. users. For more click here. The advocacy group ‘Fair Vote’ is preparing a class action lawsuit for U.K. citizens against […]

NEWS: JUNE 2018

Dixons Carphone revealed a data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records. The company is not expected to pay GDPR-level fines, as the breach occurred before the GDPR came into force. For more, click here.   The ICO has fined Yahoo! UK Services Ltd £250,000 for failings after a cyber […]

NEWS: MAY 2018

The GDPR came into effect on 25 May 2018. In the UK, the Data Protection Act 2018 was given Royal Assent and now implements the Regulation. For the statute, click here. Max Schrems, the privacy activist and lawyer, has started a €7.6 billion GDPR lawsuit against Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Google Android. For his press release […]

NEWS: MARCH 2018

  The U.K. government has begun an inquiry into so-called ‘cryptocurrencies’, that is, digital currencies and their associated distributed ledger technology. The Treasure Committee will investigate both the risks and opportunities. For more details click here.   Two ‘Right to be Forgotten’ trials have been brought before the High Court this month. NT1 v Google […]

NEWS: FEBRUARY 2018

The Article 29 Working Party has released guidelines on a number of GDPR issues: automated individual decision-making and profiling, transparency, and revised guidelines on personal data breach notification. To access the guidelines, click here. The U.K. says it will require social media firms to provide annual transparency reports in order to combat extremist and abusive […]

NEWS: DECEMBER 2017

The High Court ruled that Morrisons was vicariously liable for a leak of its employees’ data in 2015. An employee had used his position to steal and publish confidential information about his colleagues. This is the first class action involving a personal data breach in the U.K. To access the judgment, click here. A class […]

NEWS: OCTOBER 2017

The EU Commission published its first annual of the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. To access the report, click here. Ms Justice Caroline Costello, a judge in Ireland’s High Court, has referred a challenge to Facebook brought by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems, to the Court of Justice of the EU. Schrems is challenging the adequacy […]