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Joe Hancock comments on the Virgin Data Breach on LBC

Virgin Media has apologised after the details of 900,000 customers were left unsecured and accessible for around 10 months as a result of a data breach. Joe Hancock, Partner and Head of MDR Cyber discussed the data breach on LBC with Andrew Castle. He said: “Data breaches don’t always have to be an active attack by a third party. The Virgin Media incident [...]


Cyber, Data - 5 months ago

Are fashion brands being transparent about data?

A recent study by Vogue Business on retailers’ use of customers’ personal data demonstrates a significant mismatch between the personal data actually collected and shoppers’ understanding of this. The results from making data subject access requests to a number of retailers found that, as would be expected, they collect basic information from their shoppers (e.g. name, addresses [...]


Data - 5 months ago

Working with The Machines: 5 key things to consider when dealing with AI

This week saw the announcement of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing and artificial intelligence, as the face of the new £50 note. Computing and artificial intelligence (AI) have come a long way since Turing’s efforts at Bletchley Park. AI is currently used to: power personal assistants; identify and diagnose diseases; improve logistics and transportation; draft [...]


Data, Intellectual Property, Technology - 1 year ago

Speed bumps ahead for data transfer after Brexit

Companies are becoming increasingly aware that there will be a sharp rise in red tape and multiple regulations relating to data handling after Brexit and are starting to put in place processes to deal with possible delays and difficulties. [...]


Corporate, Data - 1 year ago

Further guidance on data transfers in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Following guidance issued by issued by DCMS and the ICO at the end of last year (discussed in our bulletin), the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published its own information notice on data transfers from the EEA to the UK post-Brexit in the event of a no-deal.  The notice confirms that, after 29 March 2019, if the [...]


Data - 1 year ago

Regulatory cooperation and information sharing

News that a former director has been banned by the Insolvency Service from acting for a period of four years is a timely reminder that regulators working together can draw from a pool of sanctions to penalise offending individuals. Keith Nicholas Hancock, of Manchester, was sole director of “Lad Media Limited”, a lead generation and data brokerage [...]


Data, Dispute Resolution - 1 year ago

Data Protection Fees and Accountability

From May 25 2018 a new requirement was placed on data controllers in the UK to pay a fee (unless they could claim an exemption) to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO keeps, and publishes, a register of fee payers, and a new blog post by Paul Arnold, their Deputy Chief Executive, suggests that being on that register sends [...]


Data - 1 year ago

Island of AI: Singapore emerges at the new tech frontier

In a recent ranking of the most cited artificial intelligence research papers, which was studded with the likes of MIT and Google, a perhaps surprising name stood out: Nanyang Technological University. In fact, the Singapore university ranked second in the top ten only to Microsoft. [...]


Cyber, Data, Technology - 2 years ago

Now & Next

Data with Destiny – in partnership with The Economist [...]


Data - 2 years ago

Data Protection Bill – A new framework for data protection in the UK

Coming in at a massive 194 sections, with 18 schedules, the Data Protection Bill was introduced in the House of Lords last week. It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and aims to set new standards for protecting personal data, within the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and help prepare [...]


Cyber, Data - 3 years ago

Brexit: the EU data protection package

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee has issued a detailed report reviewing the implications of Brexit for the EU data protection package (comprising the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Policy and Criminal Justice Directive, the EU-US Privacy Shield and the EU-US Umbrella Agreement).  Whilst the Government has said that it wants to [...]


Data, Technology - 3 years ago

Judge’s court notes disclosed following a data subject access request

The beginning of July saw a data protection decision which received little immediate commentary in the legal press, but which is likely to have far reaching consequences for future cases. In response to a request from Alfred Percival for a judge’s handwritten notes, created during Mr Percival’s Employment Tribunal hearing, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) [...]


Data, Dispute Resolution, Employment - 3 years ago