Archived Legal Articles from 2022

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May

Data Reform Bill Announced in Queen's Speech

12/05/22

Background During the Queen's Speech on 10 May 2022, the government announced it was introducing the Data Reform Bill to enable the UK to reform its data protection regime and deviate from EU rules established by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). Following Brexit…

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April

Social Housing Reform Update

11/04/22

Background The Government has recently published sample draft clauses and explanatory notes in the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill which set out how it intends to deliver the policies outlined in the Social Housing White Paper. The Government is publishing these changes almost a year and a half…

Update: Tenant Access to Information Scheme

05/04/22

Back in November 2020, the government published the Social Housing White Paper which set out proposals to drive up standards and improve the regulation of the social housing sector in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. One of the proposals related to introducing a new access to information scheme…

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March

ICO Reprimands Scottish Public Authorities For Privacy Notice Failures

07/03/22

Background The ICO has announced that it has issued a reprimand to the Scottish Government and NHS National Services Scotland for failing to comply with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) in relation to the NHS Scotland Covid Status App. The reprimand has been issued after…

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February

ICO Enforcement over Subject Access Request Backlog

24/02/22

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently received an Enforcement Notice from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) following a substantial backlog of subject access requests described by the ICO as being of "significant concern". The ICO has found that the MoJ failed to adequately…

Starting an eCommerce Business? What are the Legal Considerations?

21/02/22

When establishing an eCommerce business, there are several factors that ought to be taken into consideration, such as business structure, market research and scalability, brand creation, and domain name registration. However, eCommerce businesses also have legal responsibilities just as much as any…

ICO Issues Fine for Failure to Comply with Privacy Rules

11/02/22

The ICO has this week announced it is fining Tempcover Limited £85,000 for sending a total of 29,970,419 unsolicited direct marketing messages to subscribers without valid consent. Background Tempcover Ltd is a company that provides short-term motor insurance and is a controller under…

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