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Brexit and the Future of Data Protection – Anya Proops QC

data_protection (1)So a week on from the Brexit referendum and it is clear that that there is no clear, carefully thought out strategy for extricating ourselves from the EU legal edifice. If you feel that this ‘make it up as we go along’ approach to the biggest legal and political challenge which our country has faced in decades is somewhat less than satisfactory, you will be pleased to learn you are not alone. Continue reading

The EU’s Data Protection Regulation: where are we? – Robin Hopkins

data-protectionThe replacement of Directive 95/26/EC – the bedrock of data protection in Europe – with a new Regulation is intended as a radical overhaul, making protections for personal data fit for the digital world. It has now been over two years since the first substantive draft of that Regulation was made public. I dimly recall Tim Pitt-Payne and I summarising it – see here. Continue reading

Confidentiality of medical information after patient’s death: two new Upper Tribunal decisions – Robin Hopkins

filingcabits-796239-W1200The absolute exemption at section 41 of the Freedom of Information Act extends to information obtained by the public authority the disclosure of which would give to an actionable breach of confidence. Does the obligation of confidence survive the death of the confider? If so, would a breach of that obligation be actionable, even if it is not clear exactly who could bring such an action? These issues arise most notably in the context of medical records. The Upper Tribunal has had something to say on this in two recent decisions. Continue reading

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