COVID-19: How governments are using personal data to fight COVID-19

Background The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in an unprecedented focus on the power of data to assist in resolving national emergencies. From health tracking, to volunteer coordination, to accurately identifying the vulnerable, data is being harnessed in both the public and private sectors to try to help bring COVID-19 under control and mitigate its impact. Read more

COVID-19 People: Data comes to the fore as outbreak continues (UK)

The COVID-19 outbreak is proving an interesting time to be a data protection practitioner. There seems to be a new article each day about the next exciting app which promises to use data to help manage the crisis. This post focuses on two particular propositions that pose interesting data protection considerations. It also flags the … Read more

ICO TELLS PEOPLE TO EXPECT DELAYS TO DSARS DURING COVID-19

Given the COVID-19 crisis, it is likely that data protection may no longer at the forefront of every controller’s mind, and rather, that business continuity has taken precedence. Acknowledging this shift and the need for companies to divert business as usual resources to their response to the crisis, the ICO has published two articles on … 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

Protecting your company’s critical resource: Is your company PDPA ready?

Data has been labeled the world’s most valuable resource in our current digital economy.  It is the lifeblood of many companies, especially those in the technology, media and telecommunications sector where data is often ­used to predict, analyse and respond to consumers’ behaviours, patterns and preferences for services and products.  Capabilities to collect and analyse … Read more

Facial Recognition Technology and Data Protection Law: the ICO’s view

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK (ICO) has announced an investigation into the use of facial recognition technology following a string of high profile uses. Prior to the results of this investigation, companies using facial recognition technology should: undertake a balancing test to ensure proportionality in the use of such technology, acknowledging its intrusiveness; … Read more

The Encryption debate is far from ‘going dark’

Shortly after the release of the communiqué from the most recent ministerial meetings of the ‘Five Countries’ security alliance — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US — at the end of July, we warned that the issue of the use of, and access to, encrypted services and technologies ‘remains front of mind for … Read more