Privacy keeps trending

While this edition continues to monitor the essential Brexit and GDPR (pp.1, 7) developments, we also explore several new areas:

  • Data protection issues which arise in the context of running prize promotions and competitions both on products and online (p.9)
  • The future of privacy litigation and insurance (p.13)
  • Social media activity as part of identification for accessing central government online services (p.19)
  • The growing role of behavioural biometrics as a smart trend in identifying people leading to implicit opt-in, and resulting in a fear that opting out may appear as suspicious behaviour (p.18).

Data breaches and their consequences are covered in several places: reputation and the media (p.1), common security mistakes (p.15), TalkTalk losing its Tribunal appeal (p.10), Sage’s unauthorised data access (p.22), and a data breach survey reveals that half of UK companies suffered a data breach in the last two years (p.23).

In the next three months, Privacy Laws & Business is organising four separate data protection events:

  1. EU Data Protection Regulation: Time to get organise in the UK – or the Great Escape?
    Host: DLA Piper, Birmingham, 28th September 2016
  2. Help! Roundtable for exchanging ideas on planning and managing a GDPR Compliance programme, Host: BT 23 November 2016 
  3. Data Protection Officer Training Academy with DLA Piper, London 16-18 November 2016 
  4. Workplace Privacy: Your data protection agenda for 2017, Host: Lewis Silkin, London, 7 December 2016 

We look forward to keeping you informed through PL&B UK Report and our regular e-news updates.


Stewart Dresner, Publisher


UK Report 87

Lead story:

Every step you take the media will be watching you

A well-managed response to data breach can enhance reputation, says Magnus Boyd, Partner at Schillings. Merrill Dresner reports.

Contents also include:

  • Comment: Government may use Brexit to escape aspects of GDPR
  • Privacy litigation and insurance
  • Smart trends raise consent issues
  • Using Facebook to prove identity
  • Data Protection Forum
  • UK membership of Council of Europe: Brexit implications
  • Cookie consent revisited by EU
  • Prize Promotions – playing it safe
  • Common security mistakes
  • New Information Commissioner takes a supportive stance on FOI
  • Scotland: Confidential documents not always exempt
  • Cambridgeshire: Lessons to learn
  • TalkTalk loses Tribunal appeal
  • FCA issues guidance on cloud computing and outsourcing
  • ICO fines Hampshire council
  • UKCloud achieves ISO 27018
  • ICO investigates WhatsApp and Facebook
  • Privacy International challenges government’s hacking abroad
  • Bulk powers’ operational purpose
  • Sage suffers data breach
  • Half of UK companies suffered data breach in the last two years