Post-Brexit data flows, regulation expected to align with EU

(Feb 14, 2020) ZDNet reports privacy pros see very little necessity for the U.K. to diverge from the EU data protection regime and build its own standards. DWF Partner and Head of Data Protection and Cybersecurity Stewart Room, CIPP/E, said there's no sign "we're going to see a bonfire" given the effectiveness of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and its enforcement in the U.K. Forrester Senior Analyst Enza Iannopollo, CIPP/E, added, "That would be crazy, not just from a regulatory perspective and the ... Read More

Google presents arguments in EU antitrust appeal

(Feb 14, 2020) Google presented arguments Feb. 14 in front of the EU General Court for its appeal of a 2.4 billion euro fine for antitrust violations, Politico reports. The fine was issued over allegations Google favored its search results over those of its rivals. Google argued the fine limited innovation and that the company had been held to a higher standard than others. “Can you both be a marketplace and have the data from all the vendors in this marketplace?” European Commission Executive Vice President M... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Europe Managing Director, 14 Feb. 2020

(Feb 13, 2020) Greetings from Paris, It's that time of year when we bring a big slice of the IAPP to the city of Paris with our DPI: France event in residence. Not two weeks ago, I was slightly apprehensive that French national strikes and the general sense of protest — being a prevailing wind of late in the country’s capital — might kibosh the whole affair. Not so, as fortune would have it, the storms of protest subsided in time. And as cities go, Paris is truly an unbeatable location to hold a conference. ... Read More

Report: Facial recognition would be 'radical departure' for Police Scotland

(Feb 13, 2020) A justice subcommittee report on facial recognition said the technology would be a “radical departure” from Police Scotland’s practice of policing by consent, BBC News reports. Police Scotland put plans to roll out facial recognition on hold while use of the technology is debated. “We are keeping a watching brief on the trialling of the technology in England and Wales,” Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan said. “In my view, the use of such technology would not be widespread but would be used ... Read More

Irish court publishing man’s name breached data law

(Feb 13, 2020) An Irish Circuit Court judge sided with the Data Protection Commission saying the Courts Service breached data protection laws in publishing a man’s name in a High Court judgment, despite a judge’s order that the man’s identity not be revealed, The Irish Times reports. The name of the man, who was a notice party to proceedings linked to an investigation into sexual abuse, was published on the Courts Service website and appeared in the Irish Medical Times. The Courts Service appealed the DPC’s or... Read More

London police launch facial-recognition program

(Feb 13, 2020) The Associated Press reports London police have begun using facial-recognition technology in public spaces to scan for criminals. London Police Commander Mark McEwan said the surveillance is "the most accurate technology available to us" and officers will use the tech as "a prompt" to engage with a suspect. "We don’t accept this. This isn’t what you do in a democracy. You don’t scan people’s faces with cameras. This is something you do in China, not in the U.K.," Big Brother Watch Director Silki... Read More

Committee on Standards in Public Life publishes report on AI

(Feb 13, 2020) A new report by the U.K. Committee on Standards in Public Life states regulators must adapt to the challenges presented by artificial intelligence and that with clear, enforceable safeguards and greater transparency, the public can have confidence in new technologies, a news release on Gov.UK states. Committee Chair Jonathan Evans said AI “will transform the way public sector organisations make decisions and deliver public services,” adding as the technology is fast-moving, “government and regul... Read More

ICO, FCA, FSCS warn insolvency practitioners about handling data

(Feb 13, 2020) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office, Financial Conduct Authority and Financial Services Compensation Scheme issued a joint statement warning insolvency practitioners and claims management companies to be responsible when handling personal data. The agencies state when insolvency practitioners sell personal data to CMCs, they may end up violating the EU General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act. CMCs must also be mindful of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulat... Read More

Campaign team accused of membership database breach

(Feb 13, 2020) The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating a complaint by the Labour party accusing Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign team of hacking into the party’s membership database, BBC News reports. Campaign Chair Jenny Chapman called the allegations “utter, utter nonsense,” while the party said it takes its “legal responsibilities for data protection — and the security and integrity of its data and systems — extremely seriously.” Meanwhile, more than 4,500 JustPark customers’ details, ... Read More

Irish agency uses facial recognition for PSC program

(Feb 13, 2020) Ireland's Department of Social Protection has acknowledged its Public Service Cards Program employs facial-recognition images, The Irish Times reports. An updated privacy statement from the department revealed biometric processing of photographs is used to detect welfare fraud. The use of the facial-recognition database was not previously disclosed. FP Logue Principal Fred Logue said the creation and use of a biometric database is "very risky," adding the benefits for the Department of Social Pr... Read More