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Health Company Fined by UK’s Information Commissioner Office

Last week, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a monetary penalty notice which fined a private healthcare company, HCA International, £200,000 for its failure to keep sensitive data secure.

In this instance, several data protection compliance issues were at stake – HCA had engaged a subcontractor based in India to process sensitive personal data without putting an agreement in … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Eduardo UstaranVictoria Hordern

The CJEU Gives the UK Government Another Brexit Dilemma

In yet another key case dealing with the balance between citizens’ privacy and the ability of the state to intrude into it, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled on the compatibility with European Union law of legislation that authorises the retention of communications data, which includes personal data. The reference from the UK Court of … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Victoria Hordern

UK Government Consults on Data Security Standards and Data Sharing in the Health Sector

On 6th July, the UK Government published two independent reviews concerning data security and data sharing in the health and care system in England. At the same time the UK Government launched a public consultation on proposals resulting from these reviews. The public consultation will be of interest to organisations that regularly interact with the public health sector in the … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Victoria Hordern

mHealth Code to Aid App Developers in the EU

There have been some pretty big claims about the potential of mHealth. One 2012 study predicted that in 2017 mHealth could potentially save a total of USD $99 billion in healthcare costs across the EU. The European Commission has also actively promoted the importance of mHealth following their 2014 consultation. One of the initiatives to emerge from the Commission has … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Victoria Hordern

Article 29 Working Party Sees Privacy Shield Glass Half Empty

From the moment that the Chairman of the Article 29 Working Party, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, announced at a press conference on 3rd February this year that the Working Party would assess the standing of the EU-US Privacy Shield under EU law, privacy professionals have been waiting to see what the Working Party’s view would be.  Earlier this week, on 13th April, … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Victoria Hordern

The EU General Data Protection Regulation: A Brave New World for Processors

Significant changes are afoot for processors. With the text of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now published, processors will need to begin to acclimatise to the new regime under the GDPR. Although the GDPR still places the lion’s share of compliance responsibilities on controllers, it also extends direct application of the law to processors and renders them … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Elizabeth SlatteryEd BowyerVictoria Hordern

The European Court of Human Rights Decides that Accessing an Employee’s Work IM Account Did Not Breach His Privacy Rights

To what extent are the personal communications sent by an employee from their employer’s computer private? In Europe it has been accepted for some years that employees do not lose their right to privacy in the workplace. However a recent decision from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) confirms the rights of the employer to restrict employees from any … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Victoria Hordern

The Final GDPR Text and What It Will Mean for Health Data

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) has been called the most lobbied piece of legislation in the history of the EU. Before Christmas last year, what is likely to be the final text of the GDPR emerged from the EU trilogue negotiations. Victoria Hordern, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, explores what the new GDPR will mean for those collecting … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Tim WybitulJan SpittkaVictoria Hordern

EU Data Protection: ECJ Extends the Long Arm of the Law

National EU member state courts, as well as the European Court of Justice (ECJ), have struggled for several years to define the scope of application of EU data protection law in individual member states. In a decision that provides important guidelines on the competence of, and co-operation between, national data protection authorities (DPAs), the ECJ has clarified how data protection … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Victoria Hordern

The Treatment of Health Data Under the EU Data Protection Regulation – Cause for Hope?

On 9 March, the Council of the EU issued a partial general approach on a key chapter (Chapter II) of the EU Data Protection Regulation which has implications for the regulation of health data. The Council’s stance has been welcomed by a number of healthcare commentators as it promotes a more flexible approach to the use of health data and … Continue Reading