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UK ICO Issues Warning to Washington Post Over Cookie Consent Practices

UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued a warning to the U.S.-based The Washington Post over its approach to obtaining consent for cookies to access the service. The Washington Post presents readers with option of free access to a limited number of articles dependent on consent to the use of cookies and tracking for the delivery of personalized ads. To avoid a third party ad tracking (and advertising), a higher fee premium subscription should be choosed.

ICO concluded that since The Washington Post has not offered a free alternative to accepting cookies, consent cannot be freely given and the newspaper is in contravention of Article 7(4) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

Source: UK ICO Issues Warning to Washington Post Over Cookie Consent Practices

Draft Withdrawal Agreement does not guarantee frictionless free flow of personal data from EU

The draft Withdrawal Agreement at Article 71(2) implies an adequacy assessment by the European Commission could happen in future (this is expected before the end of the transition period in December 2019), but first the UK has to leave the EU and then the Commission has to follow the rules in Article 45 of the GDPR.

This means that the Commission has to involve the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) as part of the adequacy determination process so it won’t be a quick process. However, UK may not get an assessment of adequacy at all.

Full article: Draft Withdrawal Agreement does not guarantee frictionless free flow of personal data from European Union

Data Protection and the Draft EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement: Ten Initial Conclusions

The draft text of the EU-UK withdrawal agreement was published by the UK Government and the European Union yesterday, providing some of the first concrete indicators of the possible direction of travel in the area of data protection.

This article provides 10 initial conclusions on Draft EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement.

Full article: Data Protection and the Draft EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement: Ten Initial Conclusions

UK police ‘gang matrix’ breached data laws

The Metropolitan police’s list of gang suspects breached data protection laws, potentially causing damage and distress to a disproportionate number of young black men, an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found.

The list, called the gangs violence matrix, has also been criticised by human rights campaigners, who say it racialises the war on gangs and stigmatises black youngsters.

Source: Met’s ‘gang matrix’ breached data laws, investigation finds

UK government adopts draft Brexit withdrawal agreement

The cabinet has agreed a draft withdrawal agreement on the UK’s exit from, and future relationship with the European Union. In terms of data protection, the documents reaffirms the UK government’s commitment to a high level of data protection during and after Brexit.

The future relationship with the EU is described in just seven pages. The EU will commence its evaluation of the UK’s data protection framework with the aim of decisions by the end of 2020. There will be ‘appropriate cooperation between regulators.’ The draft withdrawal agreement talks about ‘essential equivalence’ rather than adequacy.

Full artisle: UK government adopts draft Brexit withdrawal agreement – Privacy Laws & Business

Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods

Facebook is facing the wrath of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) once again following a complaint made by the UK Information Commissioner Office (ICO) to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relations to the social media giant’s user targeting tactics.

Facebook has come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks after a number of news reporters portrayed how easy it was to post fake advertisements that appear to be sponsored/funded by real politicians. Other reports included targeting individuals with extremely conservative views and opinions.

Full article: Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods – Compliance Junction

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Source: Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips | Technology | The Guardian

Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms

Civil rights groups have warned a vast, powerful system allowing the near real-time matching of citizens’ facial images risks a “profound chilling effect” on protest and dissent. The technology collects and pools facial imagery from various state and federal government sources, including driver’s licences, passports and visas. The biometric information can then rapidly – almost in real time – be compared with other sources, such as CCTV footage, to match identities.

Full article: Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms, rights groups say | World news | The Guardian

ICO hits Leave.EU and Arron Banks insurance company with £135,000 in fines

An investigation conducted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into a data breach suffered by Leave.EU has left the pro-Brexit campaign group with a huge financial penalty. Fines totalling £135,000 have been imposed upon Leave.EU as well as an insurance company owned by the organisation’s founder Arron Banks, due to the illegal use of personal data through political campaigning, the BBC news website reports.

Source: ICO hits Leave.EU and Arron Banks insurance company with £135,000 in fines

ICO publishes report on use of data analytics in political campaigns

UK’s data protection authority ICO has published a report to Parliament that brings the various strands of its investigation up to date. ICO found a disturbing disregard for voters’ personal privacy by players across the political campaigning eco-system — from data companies and data brokers to social media platforms, campaign groups and political parties.

UK Information Commissioner is calling for views for a code of practice covering the use of data in campaigns and elections. It will simplify the rules and give certainty and assurance about using personal data as a legitimate tool in campaigns and elections.

Source: Blog: Information Commissioner’s report brings the ICO’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns up to date | ICO

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