Two years on: the impact the GDPR has had on privacy and data protection in Kenya – Mugambi Laibuta

18 06 2020

Two years ago, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into operation. In this article I discuss the impact the GDPR has had on privacy and data protection regulation in Kenya and lessons we may draw from its two years of existence. Read the rest of this entry »

“Big Data”: The Problems arising out of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit – Aman Kumar Yadav and Arjun Chakladar

12 06 2020

During the Consumer Policy Research Centre 2019 Conference, Mr. Rod Simms, the incumbent chairman of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’), addressed the issue of data security in the contemporary era of growing digital economies.  Read the rest of this entry »

When Privacy and Security Collide: the legality of using facial recognition security systems in quasi-public spaces – Raghav Mendiratta

5 06 2020

New technologies present opportunities for the private security sector to innovate and gain an edge over slower and non-adapter competitors. Law enforcement agencies around the world have started using facial recognition techniques over the last few years. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers, Allegations of wrongdoing struck out as irrelevant, complex and costly – Mathilde Groppo

12 05 2020

On 24 April 2020, Mr Justice Warby heard a pre-trial application in the case of HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited, in which the Defendant sought to have parts of the Claimant’s Particulars of Claim and of the corresponding parts of her Responses to the Defendant’s Requests for Further Information struck out. Read the rest of this entry »

Contact tracing, privacy, magical thinking … and trust! – Paul Bernal

8 05 2020

The saga of the UK’s contact tracing app has barely begun but already it is fraught with problems. Technical problems – the app barely works on iPhones, for example, and communication between iPhones requires someone with an Android phone to be in close proximity – are just the start of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Acontextual and Ineffective? Reviewing the GDPR Two Years On – David Erdos

5 05 2020

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679’s attempt to craft a common human rights approach to especially digitized natural person information and from that enable the free flow of such information across Europe is deeply admirable. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus contact tracing apps: a proportionate response? – Robin Mansell

2 05 2020

It seems likely that a decision will be taken soon in the UK to use a smartphone (Bluetooth) based contact tracing app to help stem the COVID-19 pandemic, with a trial reported on 22 April. Used with other measures including scaled-up testing for infection, physical distancing and self-isolation, this is expected to help save lives. Read the rest of this entry »

European Data Protection Law: From “Plato” to “Nato” – David Erdos

9 04 2020

Even though European data protection attempts to craft a harmonized approach to some of the pressing and unwieldy issues in contemporary digital reality, there is much more than is commonly recognised to learn from the different experiences of European countries not only currently but across the whole sweep of this framework’s history. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: WM Morrison v Various Claimants, Supermarket not vicariously liable for mass data breach of employee – Ashley Hurst and Philip Kemp

2 04 2020

In its judgment in the case of WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants ([2020] UKSC 12) handed down on 1 April 2020, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal and found that Morrisons was not vicariously liable for a rogue employee who posted payroll data of 100,000 other employees on a file-sharing website. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of cyber attacks: here’s how to protect yourself – Chaminda Hewage

1 04 2020

While most of the world is trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems hackers are not on lockdown. Cyber criminals are trying to leverage the emergency by sending out “phishing” attacks that lure internet users to click on malicious links or files. This can allow the hackers to steal sensitive data or even take control of a user’s device and use it to direct further attacks. Read the rest of this entry »