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Late last year the UK Information Commissioner’s Office issued its first formal monetary penalty notice under the GDPR. The ICO fined Doorstep Dispensaree £275,000 for, among other things, failing to keep sensitive data securely and providing an inadequate privacy notice to data subjects. This fine was based on a number of fundamental breaches by Doorstep Dispensaree: for example, most of its internal policies had not been updated since before the entry into force of the…

The ICO has published its final Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice for Online Services, following a public consultation last year. The code sets out 15 standards applicable to certain online services aimed at or likely to be accessed by children, requiring the “best interests” of the child to be the primary driver of product and service design. Who should read this? Anyone that designs or develops online services will need to consider whether to…

In this episode, your host Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Benjamin Slinn, a senior associate in our London office, to discuss how data protection may look in a post-Brexit Europe. In this episode, you will learn about: What to expect during the transition period, which lasts until December 31, 2020Potential changes in international data transfers after the transition period expiresPractical steps from a data protection perspective that companies should consider taking to prepare for the end…

After January 31, 2020 the UK ceases to be a Member State of the European Union and, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the UK and the EU-27, a transition period applies until December 31, 2020. From a data protection perspective, this has a number of implications. We have summarised the key points below, including what happens after the UK leaves the EU on January 31, the implications for international data transfers,…

On January 8, 2020 the ICO published its draft Direct Marketing Code of Practice for public consultation, which is open until 4 March 2020. We are summarized the status of the draft code, the key areas which are new compared to the ICO’s current direct marketing guidance, and the next steps. What is the draft code and its status? The Information Commissioner is required to publish a statutory direct marketing code under the Data Protection…

On January 17, 2020, the ICO published a blog post entitled “Adtech – the reform of real time bidding has started and will continue”, which provides an update on key industry changes in relation to Real Time Bidding and the ICO’s approach going forward to the issues identified in its June 2019 report.   We previously summarized the key points from the June 2019 report here, as well as an update from the ICO on…

Avid readers of this blog will know that shortly before the new year holidays advocate general Hendrik Saugmandsgaard Øe (a.g.) gave his opinion on how European Court of Justice (CJEU) should deal with the second Schrems case (Schrems II) on international data transfers. You’ll find the summary we wrote at the time here. This is the first in a series of blogs, on different impacts the opinion might have particularly on the available data transfer…