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The individual's right to data portability: what is it and why is it important?

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An important part of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and a new concept in the world of data protection is the right to data portability. What is it? In a nutshell, this new right entitles...

Data privacy in adoption proceedings... why are so many data controllers still getting it wrong?

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Two years ago, I posted a blog about data protection breaches in adoption proceedings and how I had successfully assisted a number of adoptive parents, who had been the victim of a breach of privacy whilst going through the process of adopting children,...

British Airways data breach - what now for the customers affected?

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British Airways has publicly apologised for a security breach that led to the theft of customer names, email addresses and credit card data. It has been reported that the airline, one of the largest in the world, discovered the theft following a...

Facebook facing maximum ICO fine

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It has been reported that the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner, intends to impose a financial penalty of £500,000 on Facebook for allegedly failing to ensure that another company, Cambridge Analytica, had...

Data protection - the true cost of cyber-attacks and data breaches explored...

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How confident are you that your business is prepared for a cyber-attack? With ransomware attacks on the rise, there is an ever increasing risk that your organisation will face an attack in the future. If you’re not adequately prepared, the...

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - only a few weeks to go...

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GDPR will come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. The GDPR is a new law that significantly extends and strengthens the current law and regulatory regime in relation to data privacy and data protection. It concerns the rights of individuals and how...

Council fined £150,000 for data privacy breach

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Basildon Council has recently been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) following a breach of data protection which led to the online publication of a family’s sensitive personal data. ...

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming - Are you ready?

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. In short, the GDPR is a new law that significantly extends and strengthens the current law and regulatory regime in relation to data privacy and data...

Serious data protection failures in adoption proceedings

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I have recently acted for a number of adoptive parents who, whilst in the process of adopting children, have been victims of data protection breaches by either the local authority or the courts. In all of these cases, sensitive personal information...

Care home staff in Bury plead guilty to patient abuse

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ITV has broadcast footage of staff at a care home slapping and abusing a patient in their care. The two care staff at The Priory Highbank Centre in Bury have now pleaded guilty to abusing a brain-damaged patient at the private care home which charges around...

Liverpool man suffers cardiac arrest following use of police taser gun

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An article in the Liverpool Echo this week tells of a further incident relating to the use of police taser guns. A Liverpool man is reported to have suffered a heart attack after being tasered by police. He was shot twice with a taser in September 2012...

Data protection laws broken over 60 times by Welsh councils

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The BBC has recently reported of numerous breaches in data protection by Local Authorities in Wales during 2012. The information was obtained following a Freedom of Information Act request. The breaches included several cases of posting personal data to...

TV remote mistaken for handgun in armed police raid

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A recent article on the Telegraph website told of a couple who are planning to sue the police following an armed raid by officers at their home in the search for a gun which, in fact, turned out to be a TV remote control. The residents were apparently...

Possible data protection probe

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According to Mail Online, a House of Lords peer has apparently admitted during a House of Lords debate that he uses “friends” in the DVLA to track down drivers he spots littering. According to the article, it would appear that this involves...

Tagging firms to be investigated for over-charging

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The Government has announced that it is to investigate two of the private security companies it uses to electronically tag and monitor offenders, for over-charging. According to the BBC News website, the Ministry of Justice is also to be...

Man Tasered by Brighton police

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Recent local news in Sussex tells of a man who was controversially Tasered by police officers. According to The Argus website, footage taken by a member of the public appears to show a Taser gun being used on the suspect before he was then...

Man dies after police use Taser

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On Wednesday 10th July 2013, a man was shot by a police Taser in Manchester, and subsequently died. According to reports by BBC News, the police responded to a 999 call of a reported disturbance in Gorton of a man with a knife, and the Taser was immediately...

Taser Guns fired by police 27 times in last 3 years in St Helens area

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There has been increasing concern and much controversy regarding the use of Taser guns by police due to the weapon’s potentially deadly effects. A recent article in the St Helens Reporter shows that Taser guns have been fired 27 times in the last 3...

Police Taser...an easy option?

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There have been many concerns reported recently in the media regarding the use of Taser guns by the police. These weapons release a paralysing electric shock in to the body temporarily interrupting a person’s control of their own muscles. An article...

Police breach data protection laws

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An article posted recently on the BBC News website highlights the importance of the need for the police to comply with data protection laws. The article entitled, ‘Guernsey Police breached data protections laws’ refers to a case on the island of...

Police Commissioner in favour of tasers

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The use of taser guns is an increasingly hot topic in the press. And rightly so. There is strong opposition to the use of these police weapons, as injuries and deaths are believed by some to have been caused as a result of their use. The guns fire two darts...

Taser guns used to restrain the mentally ill

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It has come to light that it is not uncommon for police to use taser guns to restrain mentally ill patients. According to an article posted on the This is Leicestershire website, a response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 show that...