A year in the life of GDPR: Statistics and stories from the ICO

The introduction of the GDPR on 25 May 2018 caused a widespread re-think about data protection and privacy rights. From individuals being more aware of their rights, to corporate institutions working hard to ensure compliance and avoid the hefty new penalties the regulations can impose, data protection has undoubtedly been at the forefront of people’s … Read more

Probing the rules on automated decision making: article published in Privacy and Data Protection Journal

The Privacy and Data Protection Journal has published an article by Duc Tran, Senior Associate from our Digital TMT, Sourcing & Data Team, exploring automated decision making under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In recent times, forward-thinking organisations have sought to automate and optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations and decision making … Read more

The German FCO/Facebook decision: implications for data privacy regulation

The German competition authority, the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO“) last week announced the results of its investigation into Facebook for a novel abuse of dominance involving consent for its data collection. Whilst the full decision is not yet public, the FCO has published a background paper here. In short, the FCO found that Facebook had … Read more

Data Protection Predictions 2019

2018 was a landmark year for data protection and privacy; the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“) came into effect on 25 May 2018 and implemented a comprehensive reform of the EU data protection regime. So what could 2019 possibly have in store for data protection and privacy? This article sets out some predictions for further data protection developments in … Read more

New Mirai based malware variants – BrickerBot and a Bitcoin miner

The Mirai malware gained its infamy in October 2016 following its record breaking attack on systems operated by domain name system provider Dyn, using unsecured Internet of Things (“IoT“) enabled “smart” devices (such as CCTV recorders, webcams and routers). It resulted in the widely reported outage of Twitter, Netflix, Spotify and Airbnb, amongst others. Mirai … Read more

Internet of Things – ICO’s six reasons why businesses should be thinking about data protection and the DCMS’s Secure by Design Report

In light of the booming market of the Internet of Things (“IoT”) and of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has published an article focusing on the key factors manufacturers and retailers of IoT devices should be thinking about. This follows the ICO’s draft guidance on data controller and processor … Read more