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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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.
Through the haze of a hot summer (yes, for once, even in Scotland!) and set against prospects of storm clouds hanging over global collaboration and international trade, there are bright prospects for the ever more prominent field of social enterprise and Scotland is taking a lead.
Barely a day into this year’s Tour de France and Dave Brailsford and UCI president David Lappartient’s simmering tête à tête had already threatened to boil over. Thinly veiled comments from Lappartient suggesting Team Sky’s wealth was key in the dropping of the Froome doping investigation, having apparently riled the British team’s head.
The judgement in the English case of Owens v Owens has been handed down at the Supreme Court today. The Court has unanimously dismissed Mrs Owens’ Appeal and provided that she must remain married to her husband because she failed to prove that their marriage had broken down irretrievably. Our previous coverage of this case can be found here.
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