News: Data Protection Bill published, the “journalistic exemption” remains

15 09 2017

The Government yesterday published the Data Protection Bill [pdf] which is intended to replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and to deal with various matters reserved to EU Member states by the General Data Protection Regulation [pdf] (“GDPR”). The GDPR itself will form part of English law under the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »

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Compensation for breach of the General Data Protection Regulation – Eoin O’Dell

8 09 2017

I have recently posted a paper on SSRN entitled “Compensation for breach of the General Data Protection Regulation”; this is the abstract: Read the rest of this entry »





Using data protection law to defend your reputation: what about the new Data Protection Bill? – Michael Patrick and Alicia Mendonca

5 09 2017

When your reputation is threatened, defamation law was traditionally the first port of call. However, since the introduction of the “serious harm” requirement into the Defamation Act 2013, claimants and their advisors have sought out a number of alternative causes of action to protect their reputation. In this article Michael Patrick and Alicia Mendonca review the increasing use of the Data Protection Act in cases and the media’s ability to rely on Section 32 of the Act to defend such claims. Read the rest of this entry »





The Great Data Protection Rebranding Exercise – Orla Lynskey

11 08 2017

During the recent announcement of a new Data Protection Bill by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS),  the Minister for Digital – Matt Hancock – stated that the bill would “give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world.” Read the rest of this entry »





What is the current status of GDPR incorporation in the EU’s 28 Member States? – Eoin O’Dell [Updated]

8 08 2017

Having looked, in my previous post, at what Article 82(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation says and means in each of the EU’s 24 official languages, I’m interested in this post in the related question of the current status of incorporation of the GDPR in each of the EU’s 28 Member States. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Satakunnan Markkinapörssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland, No journalism exception for massive exposure of personal taxation data – Dirk Voorhoof

6 07 2017

After long proceedings at national level, a preliminary ruling by the CJEU on 16 December 2008 (Case C-73/07), and after the Court of Human Rights Chamber judgment of 21 July 2015, the Grand Chamber on 27 June 2017 finally found no violation of the right to freedom of expression and information in Satakunnan Markkinapörssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland. Read the rest of this entry »





Time to speak up for Article 15 of the ECommerce Directive – Graham Smith

23 05 2017

Article 15 of the ECommerce Directive lays down the basic principle that EU Member States cannot impose a general obligation on internet intermediaries to monitor what people say online. We in the UK may have to start worrying for Article 15. Read the rest of this entry »