Region: United Kingdom

Ad lobby and activists clash over bidding protocol

Online advertising’s main trade body has hit back over a series of privacy complaints that accuse the industry’s advertising auctioning system of inherently causing a data breach that affects “virtually every user on the web”.

22 February 2019

UK lawmakers request Facebook antitrust probe

A UK parliamentary report has called upon the country’s antitrust watchdog to investigate Facebook, after concluding that the platform “knowingly” violated abuse of dominance rules by deciding which “businesses should succeed or fail”.

19 February 2019

Taylor Wessing and Wilson Sonsini establish ties

UK firm Taylor Wessing and California-based Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have entered into a collaborative relationship for transactional work in tech and life sciences.

19 February 2019

Reed Smith hires CMS privacy head

Reed Smith has added Elle Todd, the former head of CMS’ digital and data head, to its London office.

13 February 2019

English judge grants injunction in product copying case

An High Court judge has granted an interim injunction in principle against an insurance company that allegedly used confidential information given to it by another competitor to develop a rival product.

11 February 2019

Facebook could violate GDPR with messenger integration, say lawyers

Facebook’s intention to link Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger together could face a challenge from regulators if the company does not clarify its user integration plans, privacy lawyers say.

05 February 2019

Denham: Data protection needs "big bang"

The UK’s Information Commissioner has called for data protection regulators to be “dogged” in safeguarding democracy in light of the increased digitalisation of political campaigns.

01 February 2019

Tribunal dismisses ICO information notice appeal

An English judge has dismissed a pharmacy company’s appeal against a UK Information Commissioner’s Office order for it to disclose information, after the company said that releasing the requested information would incriminate it in a separate criminal investigation.

31 January 2019

ICO hires former European Data Protection Supervisor

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has appointed a former European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, to be a non-executive director.

28 January 2019

Interview: Romain Perray and Ashley Winton on CNIL’s blockchain guidance

France’s CNIL became the first data protection authority to issue guidance on applying the GDPR to blockchain. GDR spoke to two McDermott Will & Emery partners about its key takeaways.

25 January 2019

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