Region: United Kingdom

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

Edwards: scope for UK “third way” between EU and US

The UK’s incoming data privacy chief has provided insight into his approach to regulating Big Tech and balancing innovation with enforcement, and said the UK may be able to chart a “middle course” between the US and EU approaches to regulating data.

09 September 2021

ICO’s call for G7 collaboration on cookie pop-ups raises questions

The UK privacy watchdog has called on fellow G7 data protection authorities to coordinate on tackling cookie consent pop-ups – but questions remain about the commission’s focus and how the measures might work in practice.

07 September 2021

Northern Ireland GDPR case survives

A Belfast High Court judge has refused to strike out a GDPR claim against the publisher of a Northern Ireland newspaper, but expressed “misgivings” about its strength.

01 September 2021

Edwards to be next UK privacy chief amid data policy overhaul

The UK has formally announced New Zealand privacy commissioner John Edwards as the next Information Commissioner and unveiled post-Brexit data policy that prioritises increasing economic growth and trade – marking a planned shift away from the EU GDPR.

26 August 2021

UK data breach claimants face more pressure

The market for low-value UK data protection litigation is in trouble, after a ruling undermined the viability of claims that are issued in court. Most claims are resolved long before courts get involved – but settlement strategies may also be unviable for claimant firms.

23 August 2021

First ICO GDPR fine slashed

A UK tribunal has cut 63% off the first GDPR fine issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office – but refused to overturn the regulatory decision overall.

18 August 2021

UK GDPR lawsuit rejected in California

A San Francisco federal judge has refused to hear a UK GDPR-based class action against adtech company PubMatic, but the lead claimant's counsel plans to pursue the litigation in the English courts.

18 August 2021

UK looks to reverse Facebook/Giphy deal

Forcing Facebook to unwind its already completed acquisition of Giphy is likely the only way to solve concerns that the deal has or will harm competition in the markets for social media and display advertising, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

13 August 2021

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