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UK ICO opens investigation into London police over database

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has confirmed that it is looking into allegations by Amnesty International that a London police database on gangs breaks data protection laws. In a report published on 9 May, human rights NGO Amnesty International accused the Metropolitan...

10 May 2018

Brazil’s financial sector faces first-of-its-kind cybersecurity regulation

New Brazilian financial sector regulations will subject cloud service providers to greater scrutiny by the country’s central bank, but stop short of banning bank data from being sent abroad. The regulation is the first issued by Brazil’s National Monetary Council (CMN) to deal...

08 May 2018

Bird & Bird promotes two data protection lawyers

Bird & Bird has promoted data protection lawyers in its Helsinki and Düsseldorf offices. Tobias Bräutigam, 42, who heads of the data protection and privacy practice in Helsinki becomes senior counsel, while Düsseldorf-based Lea Noemi Mackert becomes counsel. Bräutigam was a counsel...

08 May 2018

Paradise Papers dispute settles

Law firm Appleby has ended an English lawsuit that had sought disclosure of documents obtained from its servers that were used in reporting by the Guardian newspaper and the BBC. Appleby had sued the BBC and the Guardian in December alleging that reporting based on the Paradise...

08 May 2018

US court upholds Goldman Sachs employee theft conviction

A New York state court has upheld the conviction of Sergey Aleykinov, a former Goldman Sachs employee, for stealing the company's high frequency trading platform source code. The New York Court of Appeals ruled on 3 May that Aleykinov's uploading of Goldman Sachs' high frequency...

08 May 2018

US FTC official warns against conflating antitrust and privacy

An international antitrust counsel at the US Federal Trade Commission has said regulators “should not conflate” data privacy with competition issues, but dismissed suggestions the FTC does not take privacy concerns related to mergers seriously. Speaking at the 7th Annual GCR Live...

04 May 2018

ECJ advocate-general clarifies rules around metadata information orders

The European Court of Justice should not find that a targeted request for user metadata seriously interfered with privacy rights to the extent that it needs special justification under EU law, an adviser to the court has said. ECJ advocate-general Henrik Øe’s opinion on 3 May follows...

04 May 2018

Brazilian court orders Microsoft to change data collection practices

A Brazilian court has granted an injunction ordering Microsoft to change its default installation process for Windows 10, after finding the company violated several local laws by collecting users' data without their express consent. In an order issued on 30 April, federal judge...

04 May 2018

Australia to create new data protection authority

Australia’s government plans to create a national data commissioner and legislate to introduce data portability rights for consumers. The government announced the changes in a paper published on 1 May in response to an inquiry launched by the Productivity Commission, which advises...

03 May 2018

English judge orders speedy Paradise Papers trial

A High Court judge has ordered Appleby's lawsuit seeking disclosure of documents obtained from its servers that were used in reporting by the BBC and the Guardian newspaper to be resolved via a speedy trial in autumn. Mr Justice Geoffrey Vos's judgment on 2 May follows Appleby...

03 May 2018