Region: United Kingdom

Industry welcomes long-awaited ICO biometric guidance

The UK's data protection regulator has published draft guidance on the lawful use of biometric data as businesses rush to take advantage of the advancing technology.

22 August 2023

AI is a monkey taking a selfie: AI newsletter 21 August 2023

Not content with seizing the spotlight for its November summit on AI, the UK government is pushing forward on its AI agenda by announcing a new set of funding and trailing an update to its policy white paper. On the commercial side, the big names in AI are struggling to retain top talent as a wealth of opportunities prompt innovators to set up their own smaller, faster-moving enterprises.

21 August 2023

ICO touts cookie banner enforcement action

The UK regulator has announced it will evaluate the cookie banners of the most frequently visited websites in the country’s, and take action where it finds that harmful design is impacting users.

15 August 2023

UK law firm hit with ICO data security reprimand

The UK’s privacy regulator has reprimanded Swinburne Snowball & Jackson solicitors following a breach that revealed underlying data security violations at the firm.

14 August 2023

US moves against China and Google sings for its supper: AI newsletter 14 August 2023

The summer slowdown has done little to touch AI. Hundreds of millions of dollars are still pouring into the highest profile companies, while the US wields its executive might to try and divert that stream away from Beijing.

14 August 2023

Fraser Sampson: the exit interview

Fraser Sampson, the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, is leaving his position at the end of October as the forthcoming Data Protection and Digital Information Bill abolishes the latter half of his role. He spoke to GDR about the line between data protection and surveillance regulation, and the UK’s shortcomings in managing the emerging risks around new AI-enabled surveillance techniques like facial recognition.

10 August 2023

O’Carroll responds to Meta ad profiling defence

The activist has filed her reply to the company’s defence against her UK High Court claim alleging it violated her right to object under the UK GDPR, revealing a rift between the parties on the definition of direct marketing and whether advertising constitutes a core part of the Facebook service.

09 August 2023

Liberty loses Investigatory Powers Act challenge

The Court of Appeal has ruled against all but one of the arguments put forward by NGO Liberty in its latest challenge against the national surveillance bill.

07 August 2023

Blackstone’s billions and the AI company that never was: AI newsletter 7 August 2023

The flood of public statements by tech companies seeking to preserve as much freedom as possible without setting themselves wholly at odds with governments over regulation continues, as those authorities cast around for views on just what regulation would even look like. The money, as always, speaks louder, and the biggest global companies are turning their attention to what AI could mean for their bottom line.

07 August 2023

Big Tech financials and global conversations: AI newsletter 31 July 2023

While Microsoft and Meta give proof, if proof were needed, of the scale of the costs involved in making AI a daily reality, the House of Lords discussed its application in intelligence-gathering and Amazon made another foray into the healthcare sector.

31 July 2023

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