Region: Europe

The UK should be strengthening data laws, not watering them down

Claimant-side litigator Aman Johal of Your Lawyers Ltd warns that the UK’s data protection framework is heading in the wrong direction.

21 September 2021

Facebook settles data misuse litigation

An entrepreneur and two mobile companies have ended litigation that alleged they siphoned user data from Facebook and licensed it to third parties.

20 September 2021

Spanish Supreme Court clears covid-19 passports

Spain’s highest court has ruled that forcing individuals to show covid-19 health information to establishment owners in order to gain access does not violate data protection rights, as the relevant health data is not stored or processed.

17 September 2021

Second German court refers non-material damages question to ECJ

Germany’s highest employment law tribunal has requested a European Court of Justice ruling on non-material damages under the GDPR – months after an Austrian court and a separate German court made similar references.

16 September 2021

Ireland starts TikTok probes

Ireland’s data protection watchdog has launched two investigations into TikTok over its handling of children’s personal data and possible transfers of user information to China – amid fresh accusations that the regulator is failing to enforce against Big Tech.

15 September 2021

Lessons from the WhatsApp GDPR fine, and why size really does matter

Forensic Risk Alliance partner Simon Taylor analyses the European Data Protection Board’s approach to calculating the recent WhatsApp GDPR fine – and concludes that it’s difficult to overstate its importance.

14 September 2021

Legality of Denham’s term extension questioned

UK government lawyers have admitted that the extension of Elizabeth Denham’s term as Information Commissioner was unlawful – with the government's interpretation of its ability to extend her term raising questions about the post’s independence.

13 September 2021

Can California achieve data adequacy?

As negotiations between the US and EU over trans-Atlantic data flows move at a snail’s pace, a member of California’s newly constructed privacy regulator has floated the idea of the state achieving GDPR adequacy.

13 September 2021

UK to reform data protection framework and regulator

The UK government has revealed details of its planned overhaul of the country’s post-Brexit data regime, seeking feedback on wide-ranging changes that could affect automated decision-making, accountability requirements and the structure of the UK's data regulator.

10 September 2021

Edwards greenlit as next UK data regulator

MPs have approved the appointment of John Edwards as the next UK Information Commissioner, but criticised delays in his nomination.

10 September 2021

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