In the beginning… In 2014 Facebook bought WhatsApp (for $19 billion!). Why? Because WhatsApp was well on its way to having 1 billion users – and Facebook wanted to have access to those. Fine, but what’s this got to do with Continue reading What’s up with WhatsApp (and Facebook)?
A GP practice that revealed confidential details about a woman and her family to her estranged ex-partner has been fined £40,000. The practice gave out the information despite express warnings from the woman that staff should take particular care to protect Continue reading GP surgery fined £40,000 for failing to protect patient’s personal data
On 25 May 2016 it emerged that the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (‘Irish DPC’) is planning to refer a case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) to determine whether Facebook can use standard contractual clauses, (aka Continue reading CJEU to decide if Model Clauses valid
Under the DPA, personal data cannot be processed unless at least one of the ‘conditions’ set out in Schedules 2 and 3 is met. One of these is that the individual whom the personal data is about has consented to Continue reading The meaning of consent
Kent Police has been fined £80,000 after sensitive personal details of a woman who accused her partner of domestic abuse were passed to the suspect. Stephen Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement, said: “Kent Police was investigating a serious matter yet the Continue reading What’s on your phone?
The Claimant was disciplined by his employer, the MOD, following an investigation into his alleged bullying of other employees. In that same month, the Sun published articles about the incident. He subsequently resigned from his senior position. Subsequently the Claimant Continue reading Employer’s liability for employee’s data leak
Health apps are an increasingly popular way to track personal information for health and fitness, but new research suggests using them may be they may pose some serious privacy concerns. A study found that many health apps transmit sensitive medical Continue reading Are you ‘appy with your health?
In February 2016, the European Commission and the United States agreed on a new framework to permit transatlantic transfers of personal data and replace ‘Safe Harbor’. It’s called ‘Privacy Shield’. Privacy Shield aims to comply with the requirements the European Court Continue reading Privacy Shield replaces Safe Harbor (or does it?)
On 18 December 2015 President Obama signed into law the Cybersecurity Act. In essence, this law is about the sharing of information between private organisations and government agencies to prevent cyber attacks. President Obama has said that there was “only Continue reading Cybersecurity Act v Safe Harbor II
On 20 October 2015 the Information Commissioner’s Office, (ICO), announced that Pharmacy2U, an online pharmacy, had been fined £130,000 because it had been offering its customers names and addresses for sale The ICO investigation found that, in breach of the Continue reading Why personal data must be shared fairly