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In this Connect on Tech episode, Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Ben Slinn to discuss the increased focus on and heightened protection around children’s data in the UK. Ben, a leading privacy attorney in our London office, reviews the new UK Age Appropriate Designs Code, intended to address key areas affecting data of children under the age of 18 with respect to online services. The Code, which companies are required to comply with from September 2, 2021, includes 15…

The new standard contractual clauses for data transfers to third countries (“Ex-EU SCCs”) and standard contractual clauses for controllers and processors in the EU/EEA (“Intra-EU SCCs”) issued by the European Commission provide for, both, chances and challenges for EU service providers supporting EU and non-EU customers, some of which are outlined below. 1. When do the Ex-EU SCCs apply? EU service providers supporting non-EU customers might want to enter into the new Ex-EU SCCs with…

The European Commission (“EC”) recently issued a set of standard contractual clauses for controllers and processors in the EU/EEA (“Intra-EU SCCs”). The Intra-EU SCCs accompany a wider set of clauses issued for extra-EU/EEA personal data transfers (“Extra-EU SCCs”), covering transfers between different types of data processing actors (processors, controllers, sub-processors etc.). Both of them were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on June 7, 2021. The clauses for intra-EU data processing arrangements…

On May 31, 2021, Max Schrems’ privacy organization, noyb (or “none of your business”), made over 500 complaints to companies related to what the organization called their “unlawful cookie banners.” Using automated scanning programs, nyob searched commonly used European websites and analyzed the cookie options provided on certain of these websites. nyob claims that it identified “more than fifteen common abuses” of cookie consent management, with some of the most prevalent “violations” identified as follows:…

The European Commission (“EC”) recently issued its revised standard contractual clauses for data transfers to third countries (“Ex-EU SCCs”) and a companion set of standard clauses for controllers and processors in the EU/EEA (“Intra-EU SCCs”). Both are now published in the Official Journal. The following is an introduction to the core elements of the Ex-EU SCCs and a brief overview of the Intra-EU SCCs. Legal Context The Ex-EU SCCs are a mechanism that companies can…

The 25 May 2021 marks the third anniversary of the GDPR coming into force. As we have moved from preparation for the GDPR to business as usual compliance with the GDPR, regulators have focused on various issues in different jurisdictions. Although we are now three years into compliance with the GDPR being part of our day to day operations, it is clear that interpretation and expectations regarding compliance from the courts and regulators continue to…

Happy Data Protection Day! The 28 January each year is celebrated as Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day outside of Europe), which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. To mark Data Protection Day 2021, we have summarised some of the key trends and developments in the EU, UK and beyond from a data protection perspective and looking ahead to what to expect for 2021. You can jump to specific country…

There have been a number of EU and UK developments affecting transfers of personal data. We summarise the key ones below and set out some practical steps to take in light of these developments. Any organisation which transfers personal data to or from the EU27 will need to work out what changes are required to address these new developments. We won’t have full clarity until the European Commission and EDPB finalise their current drafts but…

The UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s office, has issued three significant monetary penalties over recent months focusing on cyber security issues. The most recent enforcement was a monetary penalty of £1.25 million on Ticketmaster in connection with an incident which occurred during February 2018 and June 2018 (although the enforcement only relates to the period after 25 May 2018 when the GDPR came into force). In the ICO’s view there was a failure…

The UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office, has issued a monetary penalty to £20m on British Airways in connection with a cyber-attack which took place in 2018. In the ICO’s view there was a failure to process personal data in a manner that ensured appropriate security, as required under Articles 5(1)(f) and Articles 32 of the GDPR. The incident commenced with a “supply chain attack” where BA’s network was accessed by an attacker…