German antitrust authorities restrict Facebook data use

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s antitrust authority, has issued a ruling which requires Facebook to obtain user consent before it can continue to gather so much data about users from beyond the Facebook app and website. In a press release, the regulator explained that under Facebook’s current terms and conditions, users can only use the social network…

The Privacy Shield after Brexit: The US Commerce Department and the Information Commissioner’s Office Publish Guidance

The EU-US Privacy Shield after Brexit: The US Commerce Department and the Information Commissioner’s Office Publish Guidance After Brexit, can companies rely on the Privacy Shield Framework to receive personal data from the United Kingdom? This question has been answered on the Department of Commerce new website page, entitled Privacy Shield and the UK FAQs.…

Two interesting developments in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story

There have been two interesting and potentially significant developments in the ongoing Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story. One is Facebook’s announcement that it is appealing a UK penalty for data misuse. The other is that information relating to Facebook was seized from a business person visiting the UK by a UK parliamentary committee investigating Facebook in respect…

European Union and American officials launch review of Privacy Shield

European and American officials have recently launched the second annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield. In a joint press release dated 19 October, the governments together reaffirmed “the need for strong privacy enforcement to protect our citizens and ensure trust in the digital economy.” However, the detailed review comes only weeks after the European…

Employees and the dreaded data subject access request

The right of an individual to obtain copies of their personal data from a company is a key element of the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (which adopts the GDPR and supplements the GDPR requirements). But when the individual seeking the information is a current employee, it can…

The impact of robots on economics

As automation increasingly takes over our economy, what will be the impact on economics? Adair Turner has given a fascinating lecture on the topic, called Capitalism in the Age of Robots. His lecture is available here. Focusing on the impact of robotics on work, income and wealth in the 21st century, he goes as far…

Judicial Review declares UK Government Surveillance Powers Unlawful

Following an application for judicial review by Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties). The High Court has ruled that Part 4 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (the “Act”) is incompatible with European law. Broadly, this part of the Act allows the government to require that communications companies store customer emails, phone calls, internet…

FCS: GDPR seminars in association with Preiskel & Co

Preiskel & Co have collaborated with the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) to provide advice on the imminent GDPR. Preiskel & Co provided two seminars, conducted by Jose Saras and Daniel Preiskel, which focused on highlighting the possible affects of the GDPR on telecoms companies. For a brief overview of the GDPR, please follow the link: GDPR Introduction.…

Daniel Preiskel Contributes to the MEF Industry Views Blog

Danny shares his thoughts in the latest Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) blog, which focuses on MEF Members’ thoughts on the new hardware and strategies. The full MEF blog can be found here. Danny’s article contains his views on the affect of e-privacy in relation to connected home appliances, as well as the potential effects of the impending…