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UK ICO Requests Input for Guidance on GDPR Profiling Requirements

The UK ICO has published what it describes as a feedback request on profiling and automated decision-making, with the intention that responses will “help inform the UK’s contribution to the WP29 guidelines due to be published later this year.”

Given the growing importance of profiling to most businesses,  companies should consider whether they wish to contribute their views, particularly on … Continue Reading

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ICO Issues Fine for Marketing Emails Disguised as Service Messages

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a £70,000 fine against Flybe and a £13,000 fine against Honda Motor Europe Ltd for breaching Regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) by sending emails requesting individuals to update their marketing preferences. The two cases confirm that:

  • the interpretation by the ICO of what constitutes “marketing material” is very
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UK ICO Publishes Guidance on Consent Under GDPR

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has just published draft guidance on consent under GDPR. This is an interesting move given that the Article 29 Working Party has promised guidance on the same topic later this year, but reading the guidance makes it clear why the ICO decided to prioritise it: many of the practices which it identifies as unacceptable are … Continue Reading

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“Europe’s Big Opportunity” – The European Data Protection Supervisor on the General Data Protection Regulation

Following on from the Article 29 Working Party’s Opinion in June, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has now published his own recommendations for the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Unsurprisingly, given that the EDPS is a member of the Working Party, the views expressed are in line with that Opinion. At this point you may be tempted to … Continue Reading

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Part 7: The New Accountability Regime

Background of the notion of accountability

Accountability has been described by the Article 29 Working Party as a way of “showing how responsibility is exercised and making this verifiable”.

Accountability is far from being a new concept. It was introduced back in 1980 in the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data.

In 2010, … Continue Reading