The UK Competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority, has just launched a call for information into the commercial use of consumer data. Given the exponential rise of data as a business asset in the digital age, competition regulators and commentators have been talking about personal data as a potential anti-trust issue for some time; this inquiry is a first step in the direction of potential competition intervention in an area hitherto the preserve of privacy regulators. Businesses wishing to share information with the CMA (and the wider world) about how they collect and monetise data have until 6 March to respond. The CMA published its “Call for information: the commercial use of consumer data” on 27 January. The purpose of the fact-finding exercise is to “understand the potential for the collection and use of consumer data to generate concerns, both in terms of competition and markets, as well as … Continue Reading ››
A weekly round-up of legal and regulatory developments and news in the field of cybersecurity, brought to you by the Datonomy blogging team at Olswang LLP. UK developments
  • Further to our coverage last week of the UK/ US collaboration on cybersecurity, the issue continues to receive much coverage both in the mainstream media and trade press. The tech press gave positive coverage of David Cameron’s recent trip to the US after he took a delegation of UK cybersecurity companies to the US to meet with the Obama administration about responses to cyber threats.  Mr Cameron has appointed Andy Williams of Tech UK’s Cyber Connect project as the UK cyber envoy to be based in the British Embassy in Washington, DC.
  • The first initiative in this UK/US collaboration will be the planned “war games” to test each other’s preparedness for a cyber attack.  The drill will simulate attacks on the City of London … Continue Reading ››
With cyber attacks now routinely in the headlines, with the global cost of cybercrime estimated at $400 billion for this year and with governments responding with a host of counter-measures, The Datonomy team  is launching a weekly round-up to help you stay up to date the latest legal, regulatory and news developments from around the world. Given the inextricable link between data privacy and cybersecurity, we hope that Datonomy’s growing readership  will find this update useful. We look forward to hearing your comments, and welcome news and updates from Datonomy readers  around the globe. UK developments
  • Cyber security was again front page news last week with the announcement by the UK and US that they will stage cyber attack war games, initially in the financial services sector, and improve the exchange of cyber intelligence between the two powers – read the BBC’s coverage here. In related news, twelve UK cyber … Continue Reading ››
Datonomy’s correspondents in Asia take an in-depth look at the new ISO 27018 and evaluate how it can help cloud customers meet the requirements of Singapore’s new Personal Data Protection Act. Back in September I blogged on the then newly-published ISO 27018, the first global security standard specifically applying to cloud services. In this recent post my colleague Daniel Jung and I take an in-depth look at how the new ISO measures up to Singapore’s new PDPA. The article will also be of wider interest to cloud customers and cloud providers as it considers the various ways a cloud provider can demonstrate compliance with the new standard. To read the post, please visit Datonomy’s sister blog Watching The Connectives at this link.