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July inquiry on housing demand

21 Jul 2021

Chaired by Baroness Neville-Wolfe, the new House of Lords Built Environment Committee launched its inquiry on 6th July 2021 into the demand for housing in the UK and how to overcome barriers to meeting this demand. The Conversative Manifesto published in 2019 included a commitment to continue with their…

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Building Safety Bill - Update

16 Jul 2021

We are continuing to keep a close eye on progression of the Building Safety Bill through Parliament. You can view our webinar discussing the main proposals of the draft Bill here. The Bill was formally introduced to Parliament on 5 July 2021 and awaits Second Reading. Much pre-legislative…

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CCTV and ASB: Do Perpetrators have a Right to Privacy?

14 Jul 2021

CCTV and ASB: Do Perpetrators have a Right to Privacy? The Court of Appeal has recently heard a case where the defendant argued that a breach of his injunction, proved by his neighbour's CCTV, breached his right to privacy. The Court of Appeal has dismissed this argument and decided that the…

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Charity Fined £25,000 for Data Breach

13 Jul 2021

The ICO has announced this week that it has fined the charity Mermaids £25,000 for failing to keep the personal data of its users secure. Mermaids is a charity which originated as a parents' support group for parents whose children were experiencing gender non-conformity. In August 2016,…

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The rise of group data breach claims

01 Jul 2021

The Rise of Group Data Breach Claims We are currently awaiting the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Lloyd v Google LLC . The decision will have a significant impact on the availability of damages for the loss of control of personal data, and for the viability of 'opt-out' style…

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School photographs and the GDRP

01 Jul 2021

It has been over 12 months since the ICO issued 2 reprimands against primary schools for wrongly disclosing photographs of pupils without consent (Blog: Don't get caught out when it comes to pupil photos | ICO). However, in the intervening 12-month period there is still some confusion over the…

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CCTV, Personal Email Accounts & Loss of Paper Files: Lessons Learned

30 Jun 2021

Regardless of your thoughts on the actions of the government over the previous week, the tales have certainly given us some good examples of data protection in play in the workplace. The Use of CCTV in the Workplace There are a number of questions that arise from the disclosure of CCTV from…

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EU Grants Free Flow of Data to the UK

29 Jun 2021

It has been announced today that the EU Commission has approved a UK adequacy decision. This means that the EU has decided that the UK has an adequate level of data protection to ensure that personal data can safely be transferred from the EU to the UK. Following the UK leaving the EU, the EU…

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ICO Cracks Down on Marketing Emails and Texts

23 Jun 2021

Over the last month, the ICO has announced it has fined 7 organisations for sending unlawful emails and/or text messages. The ICO has taken action against the following organisations: · American Express - fined £90,000 for sending marketing emails to its customers without…

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Teacher Assessed Grades & Requests for Information

22 Jun 2021

Teacher Assessed Grades and Requests for Information The ICO has recently published guidance for schools regarding what information they should publish proactively in order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) - ICO's blog on its information rights work | ICO. Public…

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