Does GDPR Harmonise Data Protection Across Member States?
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Does GDPR Harmonise Data Protection Across Member States? The implementation of consistent data protection across the EU constitutes undoubtedly a worthy cause, that is nevertheless burdened by such seemingly insurmountable difficulties as differences in legal systems, differences in judicial systems and, even, differences in culture among Member States.’[1] This paper seeks to examine these issues [...]
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£17,000 Fine Issued by Swedish Supervisory Authority for Processing Students’ Facial Recognition Data
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The supervisory authority in Sweden, Datainspektionen, issued its 20-page written decision on 20 August 2019 regarding the unlawful processing of biometric data of 22 students over a period of three weeks. This is the first decision by the Swedish supervisory authority for a breach of GDPR. An administrative fine of 200,000 SEK was imposed, and […]

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A Chinese State Surveillance of People in Kashgar
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We recenty read Robin Barnwell and Gesbeen Mohammad’s article in the Sunday Times, ‘Bar codes and cameras track China’s lab rats’ (14 July 2019), and also watched ITV’s ‘Inside China’s Digital Gulag’, based on the same topic, and wanted to share some of their findings with our readers. As stated in the article: ‘China has […]

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How does the EU Deal with the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data?
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We are sure that most of you will now be familiar with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’), but do you know how the European Union (and thus the EEA) enables the free flow of non-personal data to take place? In this article we will be exploring the legal basis for this, and the merits [...]
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Data Arbitration Scheme
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There is now a new Government-approved data arbitration scheme in the UK. The scheme provides a dispute resolution service for customers whose data has been breached or processed unlawfully, enabling them to claim compensation of up to £25,000. In order for a customer to sign up to the scheme, people pay a nominal administration fee […]

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What’s the Password?
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Passwords are a crucial part of our day to day lives and most businesses rely on passwords to protect their online data. It is difficult to keep track of all of the passwords which we need in order to get through each day, and in this blog we will examine how to select a password, [...]
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How Do You Feel? Advertisers Might Already Know!
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Might the holy grail of advertising be the ability of advertisers to know how you feel at the time when they want to advertise products to you? If so, Project Feels, launched by the The New York Times last year, might be one of the steps towards ascertaining whether psychographic targeting of campaigns might be [...]
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How Can You Protect Your Privacy When Using Google?
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Have you read Google's 37 page current privacy policy? If the answer is no, you are not alone. The reality for most people is that they simply accept privacy policies and cookie notices on websites, without giving them any thought. But we decided to examine Google's privacy policy in a bit more detail, so that [...]
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The First Data Protection Principle – Lawfulness, Fairness and Transparency
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The First Data Protection Principle under the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR') is that of "lawfulness, fairness and transparency". This goes further than under the previous legislation, where the right was that of being 'informed'. In this blog we are going to look in some detail at what that means. By way of background, there [...]
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