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UK Parliament Passes New Digital Economy Act

The Digital Economy Bill passed into UK law last Thursday 27 April 2017 amidst the flurry of activity known as the “wash up” period before the dissolution of Parliament and ahead of the early general election in the UK to be held on 8 June. The Digital Economy Act introduces measures to “modernise the UK for enterprise,” and includes plans … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Mac Macmillan

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

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Mac Macmillan

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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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Mac Macmillan

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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has just published draft guidance on consent under GDPR.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

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Victoria Hordern

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 Ustaran

ICO Turns Spotlight on Data Broker Industry

Data brokers are organisations that obtain data from a variety of sources and then sell or license it to third parties. Many trade in personal data, which is purchased by their customers for several purposes, most commonly to support marketing campaigns. In 2012, data brokers’ trade in personal data was reported to have generated over $150 billion in revenue.

The … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Lilly Taranto

Recap on the ICO Stance on Data Security

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is known to prefer an “engaging” rather than an enforcement approach with organisations.  However, when looking at the “action we’ve taken” page on the ICO website the ICO’s enforcement activity seems to be increasing by the day.  While the ICO has stated that it wants to focus its enforcement efforts going forward on unsolicited … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation

Satellite System Procurement 101

Satellite system procurements are, today, more challenging than ever. The financial market status, including the Eurozone crisis, has further increased the difficulty of raising equity and debt to fund unproven satellite systems.

Hybrid satellite-terrestrial systems, designed to extend the “niche” appeal of satellite systems, have extended the system’s appeal, but have been enormously expensive undertakings, and have to date Continue Reading