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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

Buttarelli gives the post-Brexit options for the UK and insights into the EU DP Board

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, in London yesterday, explained that Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has been working hard to explore different scenarios to ensure that the UK will continue working as a partner with the European Union after 29 March next year when it becomes a 3rd country.

He referred to the data protection impact of the UK staying one or two steps outside the European Union.

Source: Buttarelli gives the post-Brexit options for the UK and insights into the EU DP Board – Privacy Laws & Business

May Wants Total Alignment With EU Data Rules After Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May proposed keeping Britain in total alignment with the European Union’s data-sharing rules after Brexit, something that would allow both intelligence agencies and business to continue to share information across borders.

The U.K. regards the EU’s data rules, which are crucial to both companies and security agencies, as one of its successes within the bloc — the British Information Commissioner’s Office played a large role in their development. Staying aligned would allow the sharing of information between offices in different countries confident that it was subject to proper protection rules.

Source: May Wants Total Alignment With EU Data Rules After Brexit – Bloomberg

Many UK’s Data Protection Bill exemptions are expanded, unexplained and some permit unlawful processing

The political kerfuffle over the Government’s Brexit machinations makes it timely to point out that the European Commission’s negotiating document on Brexit states that the UK’s implementation of the GDPR is an issue of importance in any negotiations.

Source: Many Data Protection Bill exemptions are expanded, unexplained and some permit unlawful processing

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