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Highest reported breaches ever according to ICO annual report

UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently released its annual report for 2017 – 2018. One of the most obvious impacts of GDPR revieled by the report is the number of breaches reported to the ICO. In 2016-17 2,565 breaches were reported, and 3,311 breaches reported in 2017-18. The annual report covers the period to 31 March 2018 (i.e. before GDPR came into effect) which makes the jump striking.

Source: Highest reported breaches ever according to ICO annual report

Proposed UK surveillance laws give police power to access electronic devices

Proposed laws would also compel Facebook, Apple and Google to assist in decrypting private communications Law enforcement agencies would gain new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications under proposed legislation.

Source: Coalition’s surveillance laws give police power to access electronic devices

Businesses urged to create Brexit contingency plans for data transfers

EU data protection law puts restrictions on the transfer of personal data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Businesses need to put in place contingency plans to address the possibility that the flow of personal data between the UK and 27 other EU countries will be disrupted from the date of Brexit.

Read article: Businesses urged to create Brexit contingency plans for data transfers

Facebook sued over Brexit campaign data breach

Campaign group Fair Vote U.K. announced Saturday that it is preparing a lawsuit against Facebook on behalf of users whose data was used by the tech giant without their consent during the Brexit referendum campaign. The suit follows the leak of an interim report on fake news from the culture, media and sport select committee that underlined the ease with which companies could harvest user data without consent.

Source: Facebook sued over Brexit campaign data breach – POLITICO

ICO receives record number of breach notifications

In UK the number of self-reported data breaches has increased by 29% from 2,447 last year to 3,156 this year. Under the GDPR, organisations are obliged to report serious data breaches to the data protection authority (ICO in UK). In June, after the GDPR had entered into force, the ICO received 1,700 notifications which is a sharp increase compared with previous levels (around 360-390 breach notifications per month).

Source: ICO receives record number of breach notifications – Privacy Laws & Business

Singer Cliff Richard wins BBC privacy case at High Court

The singer Sir Cliff Richard is awarded £210,000 in damages after the BBC breached his privacy with its reporting of a police raid at his home. Sir Cliff claimed his right to privacy under the Human Rights Act had been violated while the BBC argued that the same act protects freedom of expression.

Source: Cliff Richard: Singer wins BBC privacy case at High Court – BBC News

UK High Court decision on RTBF in relation to past criminal offenses

On April 13, the High Court of England and Wales handed down judgment in the joined cases of NT 1 & NT 2 v Google LLC. The cases address the scope of a person’s right to have results about them delisted by the Google search engine when no longer relevant, in line with the 2014 Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in the Google Spain case.

Court decided that in each case a careful assessment is needed that pays due regard to the particular facts. In cases of minor conviction that happened a long time ago persons shall be granted rights to be delisted, while in case of serious offense society’s interest remains even after the sentence is served.

Source: UK High Court decision on RTBF in relation to past criminal offenses

How Fracking Companies Use Facebook Surveillance to Ban Protest

Oil and gas companies are discrediting activists using social media to justify banning their protests. Three companies are currently seeking injunctions against protesters: British chemical giant INEOS, which has the largest number of shale gas drilling licenses in the UK; and small UK outfits UK Oil and Gas (UKOG), and Europa Oil and Gas. Among the thousands of pages of documents submitted to British courts by these companies are hundreds of Facebook and Twitter posts from anti-fracking protesters and campaign groups.

Source: How Fracking Companies Use Facebook Surveillance to Ban Protest – Motherboard

The Future of International Data Transfers

With the current focus on the coming into effect of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), one could (almost) be forgiven for forgetting about the question of international data flows. However, given the political and legal developments currently affecting the future of international data transfers, that would be a very serious strategic mistake.

Read full article: The Future of International Data Transfers

UK urged to accept CJEU jurisdiction on data protection

The UK government should accept the jurisdiction of the EU’s highest court to rule on matters of data protection post-Brexit, a committee of MPs has urged.

Accepting the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to shape data protection law in the UK could help the country retain an element of influence over how data protection law develops and is enforced in Europe post-Brexit, the Exiting the European Union (Brexit) Committee has suggested in a new report.

Source: Brexit: UK urged to accept CJEU jurisdiction on data protection

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