Archived Legal Articles from 2018

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December

Government loses indirect discrimination appeal

27/12/18

A claim was brought by around 230 judges challenging the government's decision forcing younger judges to leave the judicial pension scheme. Members closest to retirement age were permitted to remain on the scheme, whilst younger judges were transferred to a less generous scheme. The judges claimed…

Uber unsuccessful in the Court of Appeal in challenge to worker status

21/12/18

The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Uber BV v Aslam & ors confirming Uber drivers' status as workers as opposed to self-employed contractors. Using an app provided by Uber, passengers can book rides with drivers. The drivers are free to choose when…

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November

Age Verification for School Online Services

20/11/18

It is a factor of modern life that more and more aspects of education are moving onto digital platforms. From school websites to mobile applications, cloud services to distance learning, more and more personal data is being processed online, and in the case of schools this would involve the personal…

ICO prosecution results in first custodial sentence for data misuse

16/11/18

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has successfully prosecuted a car repair worker for stealing customer data, resulting in the first jail sentence for an offence brought under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Mustafa Kasim, a former employee of Nationwide Accident Repair Services, pleaded…

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October

Trafford Centre Mass Surveillance - Big Brother is Breaching?

18/10/18

Recent data protection headlines have been filled with the statement from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner that advanced CCTV programmes in place in Manchester's Trafford Centre are 'not proportionate', causing many to wonder how far security systems can go before they fall on the wrong side of…

ICO Issues Fines for Failure to Pay the Data Protection Fee

02/10/18

Organisations who handle personal data in the course of their business have been handed a wake-up call by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) this month, with a number of fines being handed out for failures to pay the data protection fee. On 26 September 2018, the ICO reported that it…

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September

ICO Issues Fines for Failure to Pay the Data Protection Fee

27/09/18

On 26 September 2018, the ICO reported that it had begun formal enforcement action against 34 organisations that have failed to pay the new data protection fee. These organisations span across many sectors, including the NHS, recruitment, finance, government and accounting. Of note, the ICO has stated…

British Airways Data Breach - Making the Best of a Bad Lot

07/09/18

Today's headlines are being dominated by the story that British Airways have suffered an illicit data breach that has left the personal details and payment cards of 380,000 customers potentially exposed. The theft occurred via the airline's website and mobile app. It is hardly a surprise that many are…

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July

Information Commissioner's Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017-18

27/07/18

On the 20 July 2018 the ICO published its Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017-18, specifically covering the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. With the introduction this year of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, and the anticipated replacement of PECR with the E-Privacy Regulations…

Ticketmaster's data breach and don't forget about PECR!

27/07/18

With the advent of GDPR and its marked increase in responsibilities and potential sanctions, the importance of responding quickly to data breaches and cooperating with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has never been higher. This was exemplified by on 23rd June 2018, when Ticketmaster UK…

General Farm Partnerships

19/07/18

A Partnership is an arrangement where two or more interested parties agree to cooperate their assets and skills to advance their mutual interests. These interested parties can be individuals in their personal capacity or alternatively be corporate entities or even partnerships themselves. Many…

We don't talk anymore - Sir Cliff Richard wins privacy case against BBC

18/07/18

Sir Cliff Richard has today won a privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid of his home, the High Court awarding the singer £210,000 in damages. Richard, who sued both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, claimed that the BBC's reporting of the 2014 raid was a 'serious…

Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica Fine - A Huge GDPR Warning

12/07/18

Social network giants Facebook have this week been issued with the maximum £500,000 fine for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw users' data being harvested and subsequently exploited for targeted political marketing. Following the much publicised investigation, the…

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May

Happy GDPR Day! General Data Protection Regulation comes into force today

24/05/18

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in the UK today and will apply to all ' controllers ' and ' processors ' of ' personal data' . The GDPR is a substantial and ambitious piece of legislation which aims to overhaul attitudes towards the handling of personal data. The reform…

ICO Flexes its Muscles in Warm-up for GDPR - Double offender fined £325,000

24/05/18

The current cap on Monetary Penalty Notices for Data Protection Act 1998 breaches is £500,000. That cap is going up to EUR 20,000,000 tomorrow with the coming into force of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 and, to celebrate the imminent increase in its powers, the Information Commissioner's…

It's official! Data Protection Act 2018 given Royal Assent today

23/05/18

Today, the Queen gave Royal Assent to the Data Protection Act 2018 , which was first announced in the Queen's Speech on the 21 st June 2017, as mentioned in a previous blog. The new act comes into effect on Friday 25 May 2018. The previous legislation - the Data Protection Act 1998 - which we all…

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March

Social Housing Regulation - what's in a name?

16/03/18

In January 2018, the Homes and Communities Agency split into two separate entities: Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH). The reasoning behind the move is to eliminate the perceived potential conflict of interests between the part of the body that regulates registered providers, and…

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February

#GDPR Week - 100 Days to Prepare

16/02/18

This week marks 100 days to go until the coming into force of the General Data Protection Regulation in the United Kingdom. The ICO has confirmed that there will be no "grace period" come 25 May; GDPR was published in 2016 and so we are in the transition period now. Hopefully by now you will have…

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