Archived Legal Articles from 2021

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November

Lloyd v Google and the Impact on Data Breach Claims

11/11/21

On 10 November 2021, the Supreme Court delivered its long-awaited judgment in the case of Lloyd v Google. The judgment will be welcomed by our clients and data controllers as it brings clarification to the rapid rise in claims being made for compensation following a data breach. However, whilst the…

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September

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August

Q&A - Repair free period for new shared ownership leases

18/08/21

What is the "repair free" period? A new 10 year "repair free" period has been introduced by the new shared ownership model lease, during which time shared owners of new builds will receive support from their landlord to pay for essential repairs. Following this 10 year period,…

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July

July inquiry on housing demand

21/07/21

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…

Building Safety Bill - Update

16/07/21

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…

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

14/07/21

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…

Charity Fined £25,000 for Data Breach

13/07/21

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,…

The rise of group data breach claims

01/07/21

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…

School photographs and the GDRP

01/07/21

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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June

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

30/06/21

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…

EU Grants Free Flow of Data to the UK

29/06/21

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…

ICO Cracks Down on Marketing Emails and Texts

23/06/21

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…

Teacher Assessed Grades & Requests for Information

22/06/21

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…

New Academy Trust Handbook

18/06/21

The 2021 edition of the Academy Trust Handbook (currently known as the Academies Financial Handbook) has just been released and is due to come into effect from 1st September 2021. The new name is just one of a number of changes in the 2021 edition which include practical reminders, clarification…

Teacher Assessed Grades and the Freedom of Information Act

18/06/21

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 authorities (such as maintained schools and academies)…

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April

TiKTok Faces Claim for Billions Over Use of Children's Data

23/04/21

It has been reported today that TikTok are facing a legal claim on behalf of millions of children in the UK and the EU. The claim is being backed by England's former children commissioner over how TikTok collects and uses personal data. The claim will allege that TikTok collects personal data…

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February

National Apprenticeship Week

10/02/21

National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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January

Data Protection Update

28/01/21

December was a busy month for those involved in data protection compliance. Therefore, we've set out a short summary of the most relevant updates for our education clients. Brexit As you will no doubt have heard, the UK and the EU reached a trade and cooperation agreement on Christmas Eve…

Data Protection Update

19/01/21

December was a busy month for those involved in data protection compliance. Therefore, we've set out a short summary of the most relevant updates for our RP clients. Brexit As you will no doubt have heard, the UK and the EU reached a trade and cooperation agreement on Christmas Eve. That…

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