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GDPR: 2 Year Anniversary

22 May 2020

The 25th May 2020 marks two years since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force in the UK. The change in law marked the biggest change in data protection law in 20 years and gave the regulator, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the…

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EasyJet Reveals Data Breach of up to 9 Million Customers

20 May 2020

In a statement released yesterday, 19 May 2020, easyJet revealed that the personal information of approximately 9 million customers was accessed in a highly sophisticated cyber-attack. The personal information accessed included e-mail addresses and travel details. Credit card details of 2,208 customers…

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School Letter Breached Data Protection Act

05 May 2020

Last week, the High Court published a judgment where a school that sent a letter to parents regarding the disruptive behavioural issues of a disabled pupil, designed to reassure them that staff were able to deal with the behaviour appropriately, was liable for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998,…

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Covid-19 and the RSH

01 May 2020

Last month, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) wrote to all RPs and local authorities regarding its expectations and regulatory approach in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In its letter, the RSH confirmed that its shared priority across the sector was to maintain tenant safety. Subsequently…

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Covid-19: Exams and Subject Access Requests

22 Apr 2020

Following the announcement that the government has cancelled this summer's exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exam regulator, Ofqual, has launched a consultation on proposals to award pupils with a calculated grade. Ofqual proposes to award GCSE and A-Level grades by a combination of teacher…

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Morrisons are not Liable for Actions of a Rogue Employee

01 Apr 2020

The Supreme Court has today ruled in favour of Morrisons Supermarkets in relation to a large data breach claim, brought by a group of employees whose personal information had been posted online by a disgruntled employee. Data Breach Claim The employee, Andrew Skelton, was a member of Morrisons…

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COVID-19: Sharing Tenant Personal Information

01 Apr 2020

With the unprecedented measures being put in place by the government to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, RPs are undoubtedly considering what action needs to be taken to make sure both tenants and staff are kept safe. The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) wrote to RPs last week to…

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Meeting the Challenge: COVID 19 and Virtual Meetings

27 Mar 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is presenting organisations of all kinds (including charities, schools and colleges, housing providers and businesses across the board) with complex issues as urgent decisions need to be made by decision-makers who are harder to bring together. In these unprecedented times,…

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Public Contracts - Options when responding to COVID-19

26 Mar 2020

In these current exceptional circumstances, you may need to procure goods, services and works urgently. As you are probably already aware, authorities are permitted to do this using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015. So, what can you do? Option 1 - Direct award due…

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Coronavirus: Managing your Contracts and Costs

26 Mar 2020

With the unprecedented measures being put in place by the government to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, RPs will be undoubtedly be considering the risks of contracts being unfulfilled. This global pandemic is having a huge impact on organisations of all sizes and is outside the…

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