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Brussels seeks to tie UK to European human rights court after Brexit

Brussels is seeking to bind the UK to the European court of human rights – which is entirely separate to the EU’s institutions – after Brexit in a move likely to infuriate those in the Conservative party championing a break with the Strasbourg court, which they say restricts parliamentary sovereignty.

A document outlining the European commission’s position on future judicial and police cooperation stipulates there will be a “guillotine clause” on any security deal should the UK leave the remit of the court.

Source: Brussels seeks to tie UK to European human rights court after Brexit | Law | The Guardian

EU Commission rejects UK’s approach for personal data transfers

The UK Government’s Brexit policy assumes that the Data Protection Act 2018 is good enough to obtain an adequacy determination and envisages the ICO playing a full part in the European Data Protection Board; this is to protect the free flow of personal data to the UK.

This policy was brutally murdered last Friday by the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator who stated that the UK would have to have to seek an adequacy determination.

Source: European Commission rejects Government’s approach for personal data transfers as ICO doubts the UK will obtain an adequacy decision

Arron Banks, the insurers and my strange data trail

Carole Cadwalladr just wanted to insure her car. Six months later, she found a mass of personal details held by a firm she had never contacted that is run by Leave.EU’s biggest donor, Arron Banks. How did it get there?

Source: Arron Banks, the insurers and my strange data trail | Technology | The Guardian

Advertising Association calls for ‘deep alignment’ of European data protection post-Brexit

The Advertising Association has unfurled its colours to the mast of continued ‘deep alignment’ between the UK and Europe on data protection once Britain departs the continental club.

In a statement the AA called on the European Commission to “secure a new and positive relationship between the EU and UK following Brexit that will recognise the UK’s deep alignment with the EU on data protection policy”.

Source: Advertising Association calls for ‘deep alignment’ of European data protection post-Brexit | The Drum

Regression in human rights safeguards ‘likely’ post-Brexit

Brexit is likely to bring about a “significant regression” in human rights safeguards in the UK, the European Parliament has been warned.

A report for MEPs seen by Yahoo Finance UK says the Government’s controversial plan to ditch the Charter of Fundamental Rights when the UK leaves the EU will “shrink” legal protections.

Source: Regression in human rights safeguards ‘likely’ post-Brexit

50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.

A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Steve Bannon – used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements.

Source: Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian

Can Theresa May get the data protection deal she wants?

Twice now — first at a speech focused on security, in Munich, then this past Friday in her so-called “Five Tests” speech detailing her goals for Brexit — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined her desire for a data protection agreement with the EU, that is “more than just an adequacy arrangement”.

While some in the privacy field have openly wondered whether the U.K. can even get adequacy, given the Snooper’s Charter and other surveillance considerations, May is unequivocal in wanting more than that, including a role for the ICO in the so-called one-stop-shop enforcement regimen of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which would seem to indicate a desire for the ICO to be able to serve as lead authority and as a member of the to-be-created European Data Protection Board when the GDPR comes into force.

Source: Can Theresa May get the data protection deal she wants?

How UK Data Protection Bill reduces data subject rights

Given that it is the Second Reading of the Data Protection Bill (DPBill) today, I thought I would write a series of blogs identifying where the DPBill is deficient; I hope to complete this series of blogs before Committee stage so that suggested amendments can be tabled.

This is especially important, as last Friday, the Prime Minister stated that a high standard of data protection was essential to a prosperous, post-Brexit, Britain and that “The UK has exceptionally high standards of data protection”.

Source: How the Data Protection Bill reduces data subject rights and, in particular, workers’ rights

UK PM confident of maintaining data protection standards post-Brexit

This afternoon, Theresa May, Prime Minister, spoke about data protection law as part of her major policy speech in London on all aspects of Brexit.

She said “the free flow of data is also critical for both sides in any modern trading relationship too. The UK has exceptionally high standards of data protection. And we want to secure an agreement with the EU that provides the stability and confidence for EU and UK business and individuals to achieve our aims in maintaining and developing the UK’s strong trading and economic links with the EU.

Source: UK PM confident of maintaining data protection standards post-Brexit – Privacy Laws & Business

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