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Sam Choi

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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Winston MaxwellSam Choi

The starting point for a big data project: the privacy impact assessment

The era of big data is here. Although we are yet to see its full potential, the use of big data analytics is already proving invaluable to businesses and its applications have been found in numerous and diverse sectors.

However, the use of big data has also brought much controversy, particularly when it involves sensitive information, concerns children, minorities or … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Sam Choi

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 MacmillanSam Choi

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, Policy & Regulation Eduardo UstaranSam Choi

Triple GDPR Guidance Issued by Article 29 Working Party

No one could accuse the EU Article 29 Working Party (WP29) of not delivering as promised.  Following its recently held December plenary meeting, the WP29 has released three separate guidelines with their interpretation of some key aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation, namely:

  • data portability,
  • data protection officers (DPOs), and
  • lead supervisory authorities.

At the same time, the WP29 … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Sam Choi

Global Sweep Finds Shortfalls in Privacy Protections of IoT Devices

The fourth annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) sweep, which focused on Internet of Things (IoT) devices, found that privacy communications in relation to such devices were generally poor and companies demonstrating good practice were in the minority. Here, we summarize and explore the key findings of the fourth annual GPEN sweep .

The fourth annual GPEN sweep study was … Continue Reading