What's new? After more than 12 months of debate, the Investigatory Powers Bill (dubbed by the media, like all interception legislation, as the 'Snooper's Charter') passed through its final stages in the House of Lords on 16 November, granting the government surveillance powers described by US whistle-blower Edward Snowden as "the most extreme … in the history of western democracy.” The Bill is designed to future proof law enforcement powers in the face of ever-evolving forms of digital communication. It covers the following:
- General privacy protections
- Lawful interception of communications
- Authorisations for obtaining communications data
- Retention of communications data
- Equipment interference
- Bulk warrants
- Bulk personal dataset warrants
- Oversight arrangements
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK's data protection regulator, is cracking down on the online gambling sector's use of personal data to promote online gambling. It has contacted around 400 companies to threaten them with fines of up to £500,000 if they are found to be collecting and using personal data for marketing in a manner which does not comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). In its press release, the ICO said it is writing to over 400 companies, all believed to be egaming marketing affiliates, demanding they set out how they use people’s personal details and send marketing texts, including where they got people’s personal information from and how many texts they sent. What is the ICO worried about? The ICO has expressed concern that the prolific use of affiliate marketing is resulting in a lack of accountability, … Continue Reading ››
Datonomy contributors have provided comments for this interesting article by Ellie Burns of Computer Business Review about the data and security threats and challenges (but also opportunities) of virtual reality.
As part of our GDPR readiness webinar series, in this session we will look at the implications on the Executive Search and Recruitment Industry and challenges that the new Regulation (set to apply from 25 May 2018) presents. In particular we will look at the following:
- Who is caught by the Regulation
- What "consent" means and when do you need to get it. How this fits with existing marketing consent rules
- Rules on processing publicly available data as part of the recruitment process
- Notification obligations – what you need to tell candidates and potential candidates and when
- The risks of non-compliance
- Email correspondence
- Q&A Session
As part of our GDPR readiness webinar series, in this session we will look at the jurisdictional changes and challenges that the new Regulation (set to apply from 25 May 2018) presents. In particular we will look at the following:
- Does the Regulation provide for a uniform law across the EU or will different Member States have different provisions?
- If not, which Member State’s law will apply in different circumstances?
- What will be the extra-territorial application of GDPR to non-European entities – who is caught?
- Which will be the lead regulatory authority and what will be its powers of enforcement?
- What will the co-operation procedures be and what will be the role of the new European Data Protection Board?
- What will be the effect of Brexit?
- Q&A Session