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UK police get access to people told to self-isolate

People who have been told to self-isolate through NHS test and trace could have their contact details passed to police, a move some fear could deter people from being tested for coronavirus.

Police forces will be able to access information about people “on a case-by-case” basis, so they can learn whether an individual has been told to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHCS) said.

Source: Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

ICO probes Klarna after newsletter emailed to customers in error

Klarna, a Swedish provider of payment solutions, surprised some UK consumers this week when it mistakenly sent a marketing email to people who had not opted in to receive the weekly newsletter.

Klarna, a Swedish provider of payment solutions, mistakenly sent a marketing email to people who had not opted in to receive the weekly newsletter. And the ICO had received more than 90 complaints from members of the public.

Source: ICO probes Klarna after newsletter emailed to customers in error – PrivSec Report

UK government under pressure to prove data adequacy to EU

The UK government is coming under increasing pressure to convince Brussels regulators that the country’s data protection landscape is fit for EU personal data, amid wider concerns that UK surveillance practices compromise the security of EU standards.

On 13 October the UK’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, published a report on the future relationship between the UK and the EU in the business world, highlighting their worry that “there is a possibility that the Commission may not grant the UK a data adequacy decision,” for data transfers from the bloc after the Brexit transition period concludes at the end of the year.

“We call on the Government to push for the assessment to be concluded as soon as possible, to give businesses in the UK and EU legal certainty and time to prepare,” the Lords’ report added.

Source: UK government under pressure to prove data adequacy to EU – EURACTIV.com

ICO fines British Airways £20m for data breach affecting more than 400,000 customers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined British Airways (BA) £20m for failing to protect the personal and financial details of more than 400,000 of its customers.

An ICO investigation found the airline was processing a significant amount of personal data without adequate security measures in place. This failure broke data protection law and, subsequently, BA was the subject of a cyber-attack during 2018, which it did not detect for more than two months.

Source: ICO fines British Airways £20m for data breach affecting more than 400,000 customers | ICO

Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors

Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications.

The statement is the alliance’s latest effort to get tech companies to agree to encryption backdoors.

The Five Eyes alliance, comprised of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Source: Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors | ZDNet

ICO Launches Consultation on Its Draft Statutory Guidance

On October 1, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a public consultation on its draft Statutory Guidance.

The Guidance provides an overview of the ICO’s powers and how it intends to regulate and enforce data protection legislation in the UK, including its approach to calculating fines.

Source: ICO Launches Consultation on Its Draft Statutory Guidance

The UK’s Department for Education ‘failed to protect children’s data’

A National Pupil Database held by the UK’s Department of Education had ‘no formal proactive oversight’ to protect children’s data, the Information Commissioner’s Office has found.

The ICO concluded in its compulsory audit this week that DfE had ‘no formal proactive oversight of any function of information governance’ relating to data for millions of children.

Source: The UK’s Department for Education ‘failed to protect children’s data’

Cambridge Analytica models were exaggerated and ineffective, ICO claims

The UK’s data regulator has ended its investigation into the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal, declaring that the models and techniques used by the now-defunct data processing company were exaggerated and likely inaccurate.

Writing to the chair of parliament’s digital, culture, media and sport committee Julian Knight, the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has also reiterated that its ongoing investigation into data abuse rendered no further evidence to warrant any further action.

Source: Cambridge Analytica models were exaggerated and ineffective, ICO claims | IT PRO

CJEU ruling puts in danger EU-UK adequacy talks

This week, the CJEU issued a ruling that could spring a leak and potentially sink adequacy negotiations between the U.K. and EU.

CJEU ruled to restrict surveillance activities on phone and internet data by EU member states but specifically to regimes in Belgium, France and the U.K. The decision means governments have limited grounds for mass data retention unless they face a “serious threat to national security.” Additionally, access to phone and internet data, as well as the duration of that access, should be determined based on necessity.

The U.K. is chief among those affected by the court’s ruling as the clock winds down on its Brexit transition period, which is set to expire with or without an adequacy decision from the EU December 31. Doubts about an adequacy agreement already loomed, but the latest CJEU ruling further clouds a potential deal.

Source: CJEU throws wrinkle into EU-UK adequacy talks

EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill

If bill becomes law, UK has power to disregard part of withdrawal treaty dealing with Northern Ireland trade.

The European Union has taken legal action against the United Kingdom over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached late last year.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the UK plan “by its very nature is a breach of the obligation of good faith laid down in the withdrawal agreement”.

Source: EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill | United Kingdom | Al Jazeera

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