The privacy implications of using facial recognition software – Suneet Sharma

21 08 2019

The use of facial recognition software (“FRS”) in security and monitoring was thrust into the spotlight by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan, taking issue with a London developer over its installation in a King’s Cross site. Read the rest of this entry »





The Facebook Appeal and Procedural Grounds – Christopher Knight

25 07 2019

What sort of grounds of challenge can be run on an appeal against a monetary penalty notice issued by the Information Commissioner? Where the Tribunal has a full merits jurisdiction, is there scope for grounds of challenge relating to the process by which the MPN was reached? Read the rest of this entry »





How much is your data worth to tech companies? US Lawmakers want to tell you, but it’s not that easy to calculate – Samuel Lengen

16 07 2019

New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users. Read the rest of this entry »





BA’s record fine could help make the public take data security more seriously – John McAlaney

12 07 2019

British Airways (BA) has received a record fine of £183m after details of around 500,000 of its customers were stolen in a data breach in summer 2018. The fine was possible thanks to new rules introduced last year by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which gave the British regulator powers to impose much larger penalties on companies that fail to protect their customers’ data. Read the rest of this entry »





The Law, the ‘Outlaws’ and Ad Tech’s O.K. Corral – Ali Vaziri

29 06 2019

Programmatic advertising is often likened by commentators to the Wild West: some because they consider it to be a lawless place where anything goes; others because it pushes boundaries and is creating a new frontier. Read the rest of this entry »





Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy? – Donell Holloway

28 06 2019

I recently purchased a bedroom bundle (mattress, bed base, pillows and sheets) from a well known Australian startup for my son, who has flown the nest. Now I’m swamped with Google and Facebook ads for beds and bedding. The week before it was puffer jackets. Read the rest of this entry »





Putting children at the centre: is re-designing the digital environment possible? – Mariya Stoilova and Sonia Livingstone

23 06 2019

Children (and adults alike) seem to be ‘playing tag’ with a sophisticated and fast-changing digital environment whose privacy parameters are hard to define and consequences even harder to predict. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection: ICO reports on Adtech and Real Time Bidding, finds that data protection laws are being ignored

22 06 2019

On 20 June 2019 the Information Commissioner’s Office published its Update Report into Adtech and Real Time Bidding [pdf] dealing with the use of personal data the real time bidding (“RTB”) process in online advertising. Read the rest of this entry »





GDPR: The digital age of consent, one year on – Alex Cooney

24 05 2019

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children, particularly the GDPR’s requirement for a digital age of consent. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Rudd v Bridle, Asbestos industry advisor ordered to answer physician’s subject access requests – Hugh Tomlinson QC

9 05 2019

In Rudd v Bridle [2019] EWHC 893 (QB), Warby J tried a number of issues arising out of a data subject access request (“DSAR”) under s.7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the DPA 1998”). He held that information provided to the Claimant was inadequate, rejected the Defendant’s entitlement to rely on three claimed exemptions and ordered him to provide the Claimant with further information. Read the rest of this entry »