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EasyJet faces £18 billion class-action lawsuit over data breach

UK budget airline easyJet is facing an £18 billion class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of customers impacted by a recently-disclosed data breach.

The lawsuit has been filed in the High Court of London on behalf of customers. According to the firm, easyJet’s data breach took place in January 2020, and while the ICO was apparently notified at this time, customers were not informed until four months later. The lawsuit aims to secure up to £2,000 per impacted customer.

Source: EasyJet faces £18 billion class-action lawsuit over data breach | ZDNet

UK is lowering privacy standards, says EU officials

In his remarks following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom Michel Barnier has pointed out that United Kingdom insists on lowering current standards and deviating from agreed mechanisms of data protection – “to the point that it is even asking the Union to ignore its own law and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice on passenger data (“PNR rules”)”.

Michel Barnier also notet that “The UK refuses to commit, in an agreement with us, to guarantees protecting fundamental rights and individual freedoms resulting from the European Convention on Human Rights, as agreed in the Political Declaration”.

Source: Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom

‘Serious risk’ EU will fail to protect UK citizens, says UK gov

The British government has said there is “a serious risk” that the European Union will fail to meet its duties to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the bloc, in the latest sign of tensions over Brexit.

In a letter to the European commission, Michael Gove said British residents living in the EU had raised concerns, while the coronavirus pandemic had diverted the attention of many governments from implementing the Brexit withdrawal agreement, which is intended to protect the rights of an estimated 1.2 million British nationals in the EU and 3.5 million Europeans in the UK.

Source: Brexit: ‘serious risk’ EU will fail to protect UK citizens, says Gove | Brexit | The Guardian

ICO Issues New Guidance On Covid-19 Testing And Monitoring In The Workplace

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance for employers on complying with data protection law when taking steps to manage Covid-19 health and safety risk in the workplace.

The Guidance focuses on ‘testing’ of employees (which includes collecting data about symptoms and the conducting of temperature checks, and well as collecting data about Covid-19 test results), but also touches on other measures which businesses might be considering in order to monitor employee movements within the workplace.

Source: Uk: Ico Issues New Guidance On Covid-19 Testing And Monitoring In The Workplace

EU wants UK to share more data before it grants access to crime-fighting system

European parliamentary committee says UK should share same amount of fingerprint data as member states.

The UK should be denied access to an EU crime-fighting system until it agrees to share more fingerprint data with member states, a European parliamentary committee has said.

The DNA exchange system enables British police to check the genetic code of EU criminals and criminal suspects in 15 minutes, compared with 143 days through the Interpol process.

British government does not fully comply with EU rules: British authorities are sharing DNA data from British-based criminals, but not criminal suspects, although it gets full access to equivalent data on suspects from other EU countries.

Source: EU wants UK to share more data before it grants access to crime-fighting system | European Union | The Guardian

NHS contact-tracing app must not be released to public without privacy protections, MPs say

The NHS contact-tracing app must not be released in its current form without increased privacy and data protections, a parliamentary committee has said.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights said it had “significant concerns” that must be addressed before it is rolled out to the general public nationwide.

The app, which is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight, records users’ movements and can be used to alert people if they have had contact with someone who has developed coronavirus symptoms.

Source: Coronavirus: NHS contact-tracing app must not be released to public without privacy protections, MPs say | The Independent

ICO sets out new priorities for UK data protection during COVID-19 and beyond

Elizabeth Denham, UK’s Information Commissioner, published a blog post setting out priorities for Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

In a blog post Elizabeth Denham revealed that ICO will focus on the areas with greatest impact to protect the public interest and support economic growth and innovation:

  • Protecting the public interest;
  • Enabling responsible data sharing;
  • Monitoring intrusive and disruptive technology.

Source: Blog: Information Commissioner sets out new priorities for UK data protection during COVID-19 and beyond | ICO

UK racing to improve contact-tracing app’s privacy safeguards

NHS officials are racing to introduce greater privacy safeguards for the contact-tracing app at the centre of the government’s lockdown exit strategy amid mounting concern from security experts, MPs and users.

It plans to complete the appointment of an ethics board to improve oversight and publish the software source code in the next month, and has not ruled out “a sunset clause”, agreeing to delete all data collected once the country returns to normal.

Source: UK racing to improve contact-tracing app’s privacy safeguards | Technology | The Guardian

UK ICO Releases Its Opinion on Apple and Google Partnership to Build COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology

Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, has released an opinion in response to the joint effort announced by Apple Inc. and Google LLC to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of COVID-19 by building contact-tracing technology into iOS and Android smartphones.

Opinion concludes that the “Contact Tracing Framework” (CTF) being developed supports data protection principles. The approach taken by the Information Commissioner in her opinion highlights the pragmatic leadership demonstrated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in enabling organizations to process personal data for the purposes of combatting COVID-19.

Source: UK ICO Releases Its Opinion on Apple and Google Partnership to Build COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology

Has coronavirus opened the door to mass electronic surveillance in the UK?

An app that, once downloaded, lets you escape lockdown may sound tempting, but its implications could be dystopian.

In authoritarian states such as Russia or China, the fear is surely that tracking systems could be abused. In Britain, the worry is more that everyday life could swiftly become difficult for those unwilling to sign up. Even if it’s strictly voluntary, are we so sure that unscrupulous employers wouldn’t demand applicants install the app as a condition of hiring, that rogue landlords won’t try to discriminate against tenants who can’t show they have it, that insurers won’t seek to restrict health cover accordingly?

Full article: Has coronavirus opened the door to mass electronic surveillance in the UK? | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

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