May 25th 2017

1 year countdown to GDPR begins today

A year today the UK’s Data Protection Act will cease to be. On May 25th 2018 the biggest change to our data protection law in 20 years will kick in.  The General Data Protection Regulation, better known by its acronym GDPR will be its replacement. The GDPR will expand and extend the current data protection requirements for anyone processing personal data […]

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May 18th 2017

How the NHS cyberattack reveals the flaws in the Government’s attempts to keep us safe

Last week’s global cyberattack which brought large swathes of the NHS to its knees raises some extremely serious questions about the recently passed Investigatory Powers Act (IP ACt), in particular the provision for the Government to issue Technical Capability Notices. Technical Capability Notices (TCN) are a small but critical part of the IP Act and […]

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Apr 5th 2017

Should removal of privacy be a condition of travel?

Are you prepared to hand over the passwords to your social media accounts to the USA authorities as a condition of wanting to go to America for a holiday, for business, to see family or to study? Probably not? Today’s news features a story that the US Government may consider asking UK travellers to the […]

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Mar 21st 2017

Lords Committee recommend greater privacy safeguards for children

In a wide ranging report on the online experience of young people the House of Lords’ Communications Committee has raised concern about the privacy of children. Alongside other proposals, the report puts forward a number of common-sense recommendations about how the data of young people can be protected online. The Committee calls on organisations that […]

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Mar 2nd 2017

Big wins in the battle to improve the Digital Economy Bill

The Government have accepted and in part apologised for the poor drafting and lack of detail in the Digital Economy Bill. Following the serious dressing down they received from the Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee the Government have confirmed that they will be amending some key parts of the Bill at report stage […]

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