I completed an English LLB law degree in 2016, and an LLM in 2017. Back then, there were few options to study data protection law modules. Little did we know that data protection would become a very important area of law (and one I wish I had learned about a lot sooner!). Continue reading
In a rare show of national unity, disapproval of the OSB has spanned both ends of the political spectrum. Alongside criticism from the Labour culture minister, Conservative politicians have also weighed in on the ‘legal but harmful’ debate. Thinktanks and non-profit groups have likewise been apprehensive.
A number of Bills proposed by the recent Conservative governments have sparked controversy among commentators: among them, the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, the Retained EU Law Bill, and the ‘British’ Bill of Rights Bill. Taking its place in the rogues’ gallery is the Online Safety Bill (OSB)[pdf].Continue reading
In September 2017 Equifax suffered a data breach exposing the personal data of over 147 million people. Hackers utilised a website application vulnerability to access the personal data of customers. Continue reading
Apple recently released a statement on its development of automated assistant Siri’s privacy protections. The result is a move towards doing everything right in safeguarding consumer privacy. When compared to Amazon’s protections for its Alexa service market shifts and best practice become clear, making for better adherence to the seven data protection principles underpinning the GDPR. Continue reading
The increasing encroachment of audio-activated devices into our personal lives presents unique privacy challenges. Recent events have prompted the review of how audio-activated devices collect, store, transmit and use data, prompting concern and highlighting a number of long term lessons to be learned. Continue reading
The case of footballer Raheem Stirling provides an avenue into the oft-overlooked issue of hate speech prevention and deterrence. The Stirling case provides an opportunity to consider the adequacy of English law in tackling hate speech, a nuanced and increasingly difficult to isolate issue. Continue reading