anonymisation / big data / Data protection / General Data Protection Regulation / ICO / Personal data / Privacy / pseudonymisation / research / Risk-based approach / sensitive data

The First-Tier Tribunal and the anonymisation of clinical trial data: a reasoned expression of Englishness…. which would have to be abandoned with the GDPR?

The Queen Mary University of London v (1) The Information Commissioner and (2) Alem Matthees, EA/2015/0269 case decided by the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (FTT(IR)) on 12 August 2016 is a fascinating decision. [Could it be a stylish expression of Englishness…. or otherness?] The case-facts concern a freedom of information request for clinical trial patient data … Continue reading

Data protection / Data retention / Surveillance

The Davis judgement: does Article 8 of the European Charter go beyond Article 8 of the ECHR?

Here we are! The last episode of the UK saga “and what do we do with data retention laws” has been issued by the English High Court, with its judgement in the case David Davis MP, Tom Watson MP, Peter Brice, Geoffrey Lewis v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 2092 … Continue reading

Data protection / Privacy / Surveillance

The new judgement of the UK Supreme Court on the scope of Article 8 ECHR or why Lord Kerr is right…

In its recent judgement of 1 July 2015 In the matter of an application by JR38 for Judicial Review (Norther Ireland) [2015] UKSC 42, the UK Supreme Court held that the publication of photographs of a minor (just about 14 years old at the time of publication) suspected of involvement in criminal activities did not … Continue reading