Data protection / Law enforcement / Security / Surveillance / terrorism

New Air Passenger Data Processing Rules to Apply from 2018

Ready, steady, go… Clock countdown formally starts for the reform of three major pieces of EU data legislation! It’s finally final – three separate pieces of data privacy-related legislation in the EU will be coming into effect soon: As anticipated by Sophie last month here, the final version of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) … Continue reading

Data protection / pseudonymisation / Risk-based approach

Council reaches general agreement on proposed Data Protection Regulation, but disagreements remain in view

‘A single road ahead or cross-roads reached?’ – Is the aim of EU harmonisation of data protection rules disappearing out of sight? On 15 June, the Council of the EU announced that it had agreed a general approach to the draft Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data … Continue reading

Internet intermediaries / Privacy

Facebook misued private information of convicted sex offender in not removing threatening posts containing his personal information, despite not receiving their web addresses

Facebook “has considerable resources at its disposal and does not require to have spelled out to it on each occasion with inappropriate precision the particular laws of the UK which are in issue and which are being contravened” – Ouch! The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland recently held that Facebook Ireland misused the … Continue reading

Internet of Things

Ofcom issues statement promoting the Internet of Things

A vision for the future: how exactly do you regulate a seamless network of ‘social machines’? Ofcom recently published a statement on promoting UK investment and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) – commonly described as the online interconnection of multiple machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The statement follows on from Ofcom’s public call for inputs … Continue reading


Government concerns over vulnerabilities in data security chains

‘Contractors – You are the Weakest Link!’ This week, a US government contractor released a statement regarding the latest in a line of security breaches involving the theft of personal data of government employees from it this year. The contractor, which is active in carrying out employee background security checks on behalf of the US … Continue reading

Breach notification / Data protection / Privacy / Privacy impact assessment / Security

‘Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’… but still a new version of Chapter IV of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation has been released!

The Council of the European Union has agreed on a “partial general approach” when reviewing specific aspects of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in a note issued on the 3rd of October 2014 for publication in the Council Register. In particular, the note contains a revised version of the draft text of Chapter … Continue reading