Our cases involving children are understandably met with a great deal of emotion for all involved. This is no more so where circumstances mean parents cannot agree on the arrangements for any children of their relationship. Many relying on the legal provisions of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 feel that this Act, now over twenty years old, is in need of review to reflect the circumstances of a modern family.
You will recall the 2013 horsemeat scandal where it was reported that a large quantity of “beef” products were found to contain large proportions of horsemeat which was not declared on the packaging. This particular scandal highlighted the complex nature of food chains in Europe and further afield, as well as the emerging worldwide issue of food fraud. More recently, the Food Standards Authority (FSA) conducted targeted tests which found that one fifth of meat samples contained DNA from other animals not included in the list of ingredients.
As the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) in Edinburgh in September draws ever closer, we continue our journey exploring the options available to social entrepreneurs and those looking to advance social outcomes through enterprise.
Following our recent e-update concerning outsourcing to the cloud, this week we take a look at the European Banking Authority’s ‘Consultation Paper – EBA Draft Guidelines on Outsourcing arrangements’ (the Guidelines). The consultation period is open until 24 September 2018 and the draft Guidelines can be found at https://www.eba.europa.eu/-/eba-consults-on-guidelines-on-outsourcing.
How did you vote in the EU Referendum? Chances are that you may have been targeted by advertisements on social media that were from or related to political campaigns (from either side of the fence). Continue Reading
On 5th July 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which calls for the EU-US Privacy Shield to be suspended on 1 September 2018 if the US does not ensure a GDPR level of protection for the data of EU citizens. We explore the issues with the EU-US Privacy Shield and whether it is likely to be struck down as an adequate measure for EU-US data transfers.
OK, let’s start with the bad news! If, after reading my previous blog, you were interested in attending the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh in September, I’m sorry (but also happy) to say it is sold out! Still, there are plenty of opportunities to keep up on what’s happening in this area.
Location data is a tool useful for marketers to reach mobile app users with targeted, specific advertising. For example, you are scrolling through your favourite social media site while walking down Oxford Street and an advert pops up about a sale in Topshop – perfect! Location based marketing is on the increase, however the technology has received scrutiny in France and, last week, the French Data Protection Authority – Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) issued formal warnings to two companies relating to the GDPR standard of consent where they used geo-location data for the purposes of targeted advertising via a mobile app but didn’t comply with consent under GDPR. Just over two months after GDPR came into force, this latest action shows that national data protection authorities are keen to assert the GDPR standards on national companies. This case gives some guidance on how other regulators may interpret “consent” in this context.
The FCA recently published an updated version of the guidance it issued to firms in July 2016 on outsourcing to the cloud. The guidance identifies areas that firms should take into account when appointing cloud service providers and using other third-party IT services.
We all know that Google has been one of the great US technology company success stories. However, in the last few years the EU Commission has been scrutinising these large (mainly US based) technology giants for potential abuses of their dominant position. On 18th July, the EU Commission concluded one such investigation into Google and handed down a record fine of £3.8bn (€4.34bn) for Google’s abuse of its dominant position in relation to the Android operating system.