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Personal data breach reporting for service outages (such as when your CDN is down)

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(CDN: content delivery network. Such as Akamai.) Even though it is not obviously within the scope of the definition of "personal data breach", guidance from both the UK's regulator and the European Read more

The UK is adequate (for data protection purposes)

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The long-running saga as to whether the United Kingdom will be considered "adequate" from a data protection point of view has reached an important, and probably welcome to many, point: today, the Read more

The new standard contract clauses: what you need to know right now

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The European Commission has published a new set of standard contract clauses. They're also in the Official Journal, as of 7 June 2021. If you are subject to the GDPR and you are involved — whether Read more

Understanding the Data Protection Act's national security and defence exemption

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1 This post covers the Data Protection Act 2018's national security and defence exemption. Most controllers will never need to rely on this but, if you do, it's a useful provision, and one which you Read more

The territorial scope of the GDPR, as applied by the High Court

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1 This week saw what is, I believe, the first English judgment dealing with the territorial scope of the GDPR. This blogpost is a reminder of the rules on "territorial scope", and weaves in the High Read more

Alternatives to using genuine phone numbers, IP addresses, domain names and email addresses in your training and documentation

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If you are preparing training or guidance, showcasing your product or service, or giving code samples, you'll often want example data, such as a phone number, email address, or National Insurance. (I Read more

ICO: data sharing code of practice

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The ICO has released its Code of Practice on Data Sharing, under the GDPR / Data Protection Act 2018. For ease of reference, here's the draft version of the Code, on which the ICO consulted. The Code Read more

The UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and data protection: what you should do now

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I know it's Christmas. And I know I'm supposed to be on holiday. But I also know that some of you have been planning for, or even just worrying about, what you need to do to prepare for the end of Read more

Privacy policy or privacy notice?

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1 Occasionally I get asked "should I have a privacy policy or a privacy notice?". And the answer is usually "both" (or, at least, things which have the same effect). If you're not sure what the Read more

Targeted social media ads: new guidance on doing it lawfully

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1 The European Data Protection Board has published draft guidelines, for feedback, on targeting of social media users. If you use targeting features offered by social media platforms, it's worth Read more