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Month: September 2015 (Page 1 of 4)

Government fragments data protection policy and leaves Leveson’s data protection recommendations to rot – Chris Pounder

DCMSThe transfer of responsibility for data protection policy to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a really bad idea.  It fragments responsibility for data protection policy across three Departments of State and risks reducing the protection afforded to data subjects.  Important data protection recommendations from Leveson will be shelved.  This blog explains why. Continue reading

IPSO Chief Executive descends to double speak in an attempt to mask its failure – Jonathan Coad

Murdoch and IPSOAt the Protecting the Media conference on 24 September 2015 one of the speakers was the IPSO Chief Executive, Matt Tee. He was given a slot to make his case that IPSO was fit for purpose as a genuinely independent and effective regulator. Despite the assumption that he had crafted the best possible case for this proposition, what emerged was further cogent evidence to the contrary. Continue reading

The internet hasn’t killed privacy, but it has changed it forever- Jose Such

frk5pkff-1442405564When people say “privacy is dead”, it’s usually for one of two reasons. Either they truly believe that privacy is irrelevant or unachievable in today’s hyper-connected world or, more often, that not enough is being done to protect privacy when huge amounts of personal information are being posted online. Although I agree more could be done to protect privacy online, I believe that privacy is not dead, it’s just changing forms. Continue reading

Case Note: Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner, The beginning of the end for safe harbour? – Lorna Woods

schremsThe Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has delivered his non-binding legal opinion in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, a case brought by an Austrian citizen against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner concerning the transfer of Facebook data to US servers.  Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex, reports and comments on the opinion – and its potential implications. Continue reading

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