Claim against NHS Trust for breach of DPA 1998 and misuse of private information dismissed

In October 2017, Mrs. Underwood (the “Claimant”) was approached by a representative of Bounty UK Ltd (“Bounty”), a pregnancy and parenting support company, after giving birth at a hospital within the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the “Trust”). The Claimant alleged that the Bounty representative was able to access and read the medical notes at…

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ICO consultation on draft guidance for the research provisions within the UK GDPR and the DPA 2018

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has published a draft guidance on the research provisions in the UK General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 106/679) (the “UK GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (the “DPA”) (the “Draft Research Guidance”) and launched a public consultation seeking feedback on the Draft Research Guidance. The Draft Research Guidance…

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European Strategy for Artificial Intelligence – a framework to regulate AI and its potential impact on the UK

As artificial intelligence (“AI”) continues to make inroads in its use, as well as the amount of data it consumes, attention has turned to its regulation. The UK has a National AI Strategy which has some initial stages of consideration and statements of aim. In the meantime, the EU has released a draft Artificial Intelligence…

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Meta fined £1.5m by CMA

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has issued Meta (Facebook’s parent company) with a £1.5 million fine for failure to comply with an Interim Enforcement Order (“IEO”) imposed under the CMA’s investigation of the company’s acquisition of Giphy. The fine follows an earlier fine of £50.5 million imposed by the regulator in October 2021.…

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International data transfer agreement and addendum laid before Parliament

On 28 January 2022, the final version of the international data transfer agreement (“IDTA”) and the international data transfer addendum to the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses (“SCCs“) for international data transfers has been laid before the UK Parliament. This follows the ICO’s public consultation which was launched in August 2021. If there are no…

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