Happy International Data Privacy Day: Our predictions for 2021

Happy International Data Privacy Day! And what better day than today, to explore what 2021 is likely to have in store for data and privacy? Almost three years after the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, and now 28 days since the UK GDPR replaced it in the UK following Brexit, data … Read more

Revised ePrivacy Regulation Draft introduces ability for organisations to rely on “Legitimate Interests” legal basis in relation to cookies

Another revised draft ePrivacy Regulation (“ePR”) was recently published which introduces the ability for organisations to rely on the “legitimate interests” legal basis to drop cookies on end users’ devices. This change has been criticised by some commentators for ambiguities and watering down data protection rights despite accompanying safeguards. It remains to be seen if … Read more

European Commission Publishes GDPR Roadmap

On 1 April 2020, almost two years after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force, the European Commission published a roadmap for evaluating its application. The roadmap specifically asks for feedback on the Commission’s strategy in dealing with the issue of international transfer of personal data to third countries, focussing on existing adequacy … Read more

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

It’s too soon to change the GDPR says EDPB

Summary The EDPB has reviewed implementation of the GDPR so far and has declared the first year and a half a success. The EDPB did note areas for improvement, including the impact of implementation on SMEs and issues with cooperation across different jurisdictions. However, notwithstanding these difficulties, the EDPB considers that it would be premature … Read more

The ICO publishes its Age–Appropriate Design Code of Practice for online services

Following a public consultation on its draft code of practice with parents, children, schools, children’s campaign groups, developers, tech and gaming companies and online service providers which closed on 31 May 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) submitted its Age-appropriate design Code of Practice on 12 November 2019 but due to restrictions in the pre-election … 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