COVID-19: WHEN PUBLIC HEALTH AND PRIVACY COLLIDE?

Summary Governments and public authorities globally are requiring increased access to personal data of citizens in order to attempt to control and monitor the current spread of COVID-19. The pandemic is generally recognised by data protection authorities as giving rise to extraordinary circumstances, although in Europe at least there are still requirements for processing to … Read more

Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and Expedia strike data sharing deal with the EU

5 March 2020 saw the European Commission (EC) announce an unprecedented agreement with short-stay accommodation titans Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor to share and publish data (on the number of nights booked and the number of guests staying) with the EC via Eurostat (the EU’s statistical office) (press release here). Eurostat will then aggregate the … Read more

Could the UK move away from GDPR to help foster innovation?

Publicly the UK government is pursuing an adequacy decision from Europe regarding data protection and privacy regulations, but recent comments from ‘Number 10’ could be interpreted as saying the UK may be comfortable pursuing a different privacy path to the EU from the end of December 2020. The issue is about more than making changes … Read more

Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector – a new regulatory field?

In our latest Public Law blog post, Andrew Lidbetter, Nusrat Zar, Jasveer Randhawa and Claire Hall discuss the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s recently published report on artificial intelligence and its impact on public standards. They comment on the Committee’s recommendations for the governance and regulation of AI in the public sector, aimed at … Read more

International Data Privacy Day: Our predictions for 2020

What better day than today, International Data Privacy Day, to explore what 2020 is likely to have in store for data and privacy? Almost two years ago the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) thrust data and privacy issues firmly in the spotlight, where they remain. With attention having shifted from guidance to enforcement, this article … Read more

OPEN INNOVATION: DATA ISSUES IN INNOVATION AND COLLABORATIONS

Businesses in every sector are under pressure to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. ‘’Open innovation’’ is a term that has come to describe innovation which extends beyond the traditional Research and Development department of a business and embraces a broader pool of talent and ideas within the whole business and frequently also extends … Read more