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What does Brexit mean for data protection in the UK?

UK businesses have for some time now been thinking carefully about what they will have to do to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Brexit has not made their deliberations any easier. Data protection law in the UK, as with many of our laws, is based on legislation which originates in the […]

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Big Brother is watching you….

. . .and, it seems, he may have every right to do so. . . If only it was that simple.  In fact, monitoring in the workplace (for example, CCTV and emails) raises a host of legal issues under: the Data Protection Act 1998 the Code of Practice issued by the Information Commission’s Office (ICO) […]

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Key data protection development – Safe harbour blown away

What is ‘safe harbour’? In a nutshell, the Data Protection Act says that you can’t send data overseas unless that data is adequately protected. The Safe Harbour system is the main way of satisfying this requirement and involves U.S companies that handle data relating to EU citizens signing up and self-certifying that they protect that […]

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Police state: London helicopter police’s turbulent Tweet

Scotland Yard has defended a picture tweeted by a police helicopter team which appears to show comedian Michael McIntyre standing in a London street. The ground operations director for the NPAS, Superintendent Richard Watson, said: “We are aware of the tweet and, as far as we are aware, it does not breach any data protection […]

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Top tips for new businesses – Part II

In part 1 of my blog, I set out our top tips for establishing a new business vehicle and structure. It is equally, if not more, important to ensure that you have the appropriate contracts and registrations in place when you business is ready to start trading. Here are our top tips for safeguarding your […]

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Remembrance of things past

For a long time now, the EU has had its eye on creating what’s known as a ‘right to be forgotten’. Some draft legislation proposed the idea in January 2012 and people have been arguing and lobbying about it ever since. The concept has always been a bit vague but in broad terms the plan […]

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Credit where it’s due

Credit Rating Agency Equifax were dealt a heavy blow in the High Court when their failure to update the information held in their credit file meant Mr Smeaton was denied a loan. The Court found that Equifax had breached the Claimant’s statutory duty of care under the Data Protection Act and was entitled to be […]

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