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

Cookie Update: The ICO way

Following on from the ICO’s recent admission around its cookie consent mechanism (for further details see our previous post here), the ICO website was down for a period of time at the end of last week. But now it is back and with a new and “improved” cookie consent mechanism (see here). Read more

ICO fines EE £100,000 for sending text messages to customers without their consent

The ICO has fined EE £100,000 under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA“) for sending text messages to customers without their consent, in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (“PECR“). Background In February and March 2018 EE sent direct marketing text message to customers informing them that they would soon be eligible … Read more

SHAREHOLDERS ACTIVISM FOCUSES ON PRIVACY ISSUES

With privacy issues these days commonly featuring as a board legal agenda item, recent shareholder activity at Amazon has shown that privacy is also at the forefront of shareholders’ minds. A group of Amazon shareholders sought to prevent the company from selling its facial recognition technology because of privacy concerns. Although the Amazon motions were … Read more

Driving Data Compliance

Connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) are increasingly capable of creating, collecting and processing a wealth of data. However, in order for vehicle manufacturers and CAV stakeholders to access and extract the value in such data, they must do so lawfully. This is especially true in relation to personal data which is governed in the EU (and beyond) by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This post explores at a high level how CAV stakeholders can ensure compliance with the GDPR, particularly in relation to CAVs which process personal data of vehicle drivers, owners and pedestrians. Read more