G7 announces new Digital Trade Principles

October 26th, 2021 by Anya Proops QC

Just a quick heads up in case you missed it. The G7 Trade Ministers have in the last few days agreed a set of Digital Trade Principles, which are aimed, amongst other things, at demonstrating a commitment to achieving: Read more »

 

Reforming UK data protection laws – the ICO responds

October 12th, 2021 by Anya Proops QC

Following the Government’s announcement of its proposals to amend the UK data protection legislation (which you can read about in Katherine’s Taunton’s post here), the ICO has now published its response to those proposals – see here. As expected, the core thrust of the response is that, in pressing for a new more business and particularly tech-friendly data protection regime, the Government should be careful not to throw the data privacy baby out with the bathwater. Not least, we see Elizabeth Denham, in her foreword to the response, emphasising the point that achieving public trust in business – particularly in the tech sector – through the maintenance of high standards of data protection is itself integral to the achievement of economic growth. In terms of the detail, there is much to pore over in a response that runs to some 89 pages. However, points that particularly caught my eye include the following: Read more »

 

New CJEU judgment on intermediary liability

August 31st, 2021 by Anya Proops QC

The UK Government’s recent introduction of an Online Safety Bill has raised afresh the important question of the extent to which online intermediaries can and should be required to curate and police the content that they host or index online. The Bill itself is controversial. Not least there are serious questions as to whether, as currently framed, it will: (a) require intermediaries to meet excessively burdensome standards (b) subject Ofcom (the proposed regulator in respect of the relevant online safety duties) to regulatory obligations which are themselves Augean in nature and further (c) fundamentally undermine the free speech rights which the Bill itself recognises are foundational to a modern digital democracy. In other words, there is a serious question as to whether this is a Bill that will do more harm than good. It is against that backdrop that we should turn to consider the recent judgment of the CJEU in the case of Peterson v Google LLC C-682/18 and C-683/18. The Peterson case is a copyright case, and so its relevance to the readers of this blog is not immediately discernible. However, it is a case worth considering particularly in view of what it says about the protections afforded to online intermediaries, and particularly hosting platforms, by the E-Commerce Directive. Read more »

 

Government identifies preferred candidate for Information Commissioner

August 26th, 2021 by Anya Proops QC

Hot off the press: the Government has announced that John Edwards, currently New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner, is its preferred candidate to take over from Elizabeth Denham as Information Commissioner later on this year – see here. Mr Edwards will now appear before MPs on the DCMS select committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on 9 September. Following the scrutiny process, a recommendation will be made to the Queen by the Secretary of State for DCMS, acting through the Prime Minister. Elizabeth Denham has issued a statement in which she warmly supports Mr Edwards appointment, saying he ‘would bring extraordinary breadth, leadership and credibility to this role’ – see here.

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Data privacy class actions here and abroad

June 1st, 2021 by Anya Proops QC

Data privacy class actions are currently big business in the UK. For those of you who are interested in how the UK position compares with the position within the EU, you might want to attend this British Institute of International and Comparative Law webinar on 8 June at 5pm: Damages Claims for Mass Data Breaches: UK and European Perspectives (biicl.org) . Note that 11KBW’s information law conference later this month includes a webinar comparing the UK and US positions.

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Court of Appeal grants permission in journalistic access case

December 3rd, 2020 by Anya Proops QC

The Court of Appeal has today granted permission to appeal in the case of Newman v Southampton CC (now M(a child)), which concerns the important question of the extent to which journalists can gain access to court records in private family law proceedings. The case is discussed in more detail in Michael White’s post, which you can find here. Read more »