Aug 7th 2017

Data Protection Bill: The wheels set in motion for GDPR implementation

This morning the UK Government announced further details of their plans to implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law. Initially proposed in the Queen’s Speech, today’s ‘statement of intent’ which committed to introducing a new Data Protection Bill outlined some additional details on the right to erasure and the citizens’ general […]

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Jul 6th 2017

NHS, DeepMind and the ICO: The importance of privacy in a modern NHS

Two reports published this week have focussed the public’s attention on the arrangement between DeepMind and the Royal Free Hospital. The two reports; one by the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) and one by an Independent Review Panel created by DeepMind themselves, have looked in detail at the arrangement, which has been in place since September […]

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Jun 21st 2017

Privacy, security, data protection and civil liberties in the Queen’s Speech

This morning the Queen outlined the Government’s plans for the next two years. The full text is available online here. A number of proposals relevant to privacy, security, data protection and the freedom of the internet were included. These fall under a number of headings. Digital Charter Data Protection Countering Extremism Counter Terrorism Arguably all […]

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Jun 21st 2017

Scottish Government’s “totalitarian” Named Person Scheme “dead in the water” – will this be a wakeup call for the UK Government’s Data Sharing plan?

Last summer the No to Named Person campaign, which Big Brother Watch are supporters of, had a huge win in the Supreme Court against the Scottish Government’s Named Person Scheme.  You can read our blog about it here. The success of that case led yesterday to the Scottish Government undertaking an almost total climb down […]

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