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Use of personal data in litigation and the legal proceedings exemption23 March 2023
A recent decision has applied a wide interpretation of the legal proceedings exemption in the context of use of a non-party’s personal data in the Employment Tribunal.
Monitoring Employees’ Office Attendance in a Post Covid World: A Worldwide Issue – Key Data Privacy Issues17 March 2023
With different offices having been in or out of lockdown or experiencing varying degrees of restrictions, it has been near impossible for managers with direct reports in multiple locations to monitor their team’s compliance with whatever post-Covid return to the office policy a business might have (“RTO Policy”).
Meta fine: personalised ads in the firing line. Bryony Long writes for PLC Magazine
Press20 February 2023
For those hoping for a slightly quieter year in the world of data protection, the new year has already gone off with a bang and regulators are now turning their line of fire to personalised advertising.
Ad tech report - The Project X Institute - Recommendations for the European Addressable Advertising Ecosystem
Press23 November 2022
Ad tech report - Recommendations for the European Addressable Advertising Ecosystem
“Eight drivers of change – 2022 and beyond” (By James Davies, Lewis Silkin LLP)22 November 2022
Last year James Davies published a report the Eight Drivers of Change – the future of work for the Future of Work Hub. It identified eight key drivers of change in society as a whole, and in the workplace in particular. It considered how these interconnected drivers were accelerating change at an unprecedented scale and speed and how these changes were influencing the what, where, from where, when, how, how much/many, who and why of work.
Hybrid working arrangements
Inbrief26 October 2022
Following the widespread experience of employees working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, some employers are starting to implement hybrid working arrangements on a longer-term basis.
Is it light at the end of the (transfer) tunnel? US “Executive Order on Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities” (and other matters)26 October 2022
On 7 October 2022 there were two significant announcements in the world of international data transfers.
Digital Services Act (DSA) gets the green light – is your business ready for this ambitious new framework?20 October 2022
Against the backdrop of the explosion of digital services over the past few decades, an outdated legal framework for digital services dating back to 2000, an increasingly polluted information ecosystem and complex societal shifts which are making people more susceptible to misinformation and conspiracy, on 4 October 2022, the European Council approved the European Commission’s (EC) proposals on the DSA.
Instaglum: Instagram fined €405m over children's data privacy07 October 2022
Ireland's supervisory authority has levied a record breaking fine of €405 million against the social media platform Instagram, following an investigation into its handling of children's data privacy.
The Industry Reacts to UK Government Replacing GDPR - Bryony Long comments for VideoWeek
Press04 October 2022
The UK Government plans to replace GDPR with its own data protection system, culture secretary Michele Donelan told the Conservative Party Conference on Monday.
A service email? ‘On your bike!’ says the ICO23 September 2022
The ICO has fined Halfords £30,000 for sending unsolicited marketing emails about a bike repair scheme without consent, contrary to UK e-privacy law. It is the latest fine where the key issue in dispute is the distinction between a ‘genuine’ service message, and one which the ICO considers constitutes direct marketing.
Keeping Children Safe Online (Webinar) – Key Takeaways31 August 2022
Bryony Long and Nick Allan were delighted to welcome experts from Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment) to discuss current challenges in keeping children safe online, particularly in the context of games.
Lewis Silkin's new Northern Ireland office to reflect rapidly expanding offering
Press Release15 August 2022
35-strong team consolidating into a single location in the heart of Belfast city centre.
Another blow for Big Tech as political agreement is reached in record time on a new digital services framework23 June 2022
No doubt spurred on by events in Ukraine and growing concerns about the societal impact of the spread of misinformation, on 22 April 2022 the European Parliament and EU Member States reached a political agreement on the European Commission’s proposals on the Digital Services Act (DSA) in record time.
Data Protection and Employment
Inbrief18 May 2022
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European legislation affecting all organisations that hold personal data on living individuals. It aims to ensure that organisations using and processing personal data do so fairly and lawfully and gives a number of rights to individuals in terms of how they can access their data and influence its use.
Empathic AI – workplace data privacy and employment issues arising from this emerging technology04 May 2022
Smile! You’re on camera! And we are detecting your heart rate, pupil dilation, blood pressure, temperature, and other physiognomic measurements… Empathic Artificial Intelligence is a sub-group of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems which makes use of empathic technology: algorithms that purportedly have the ability to detect human emotions. In this article we consider the data privacy and employment issues for employers arising from this emerging technology.
Employer Takeaways from the Annual Report of the Irish Data Protection Commission14 April 2022
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) recently published its annual report for 2021 detailing the activities it undertook in 2021 and setting out its regulatory strategy and priorities for the next five years.
Toni Lorenzo and Alistair Hayes provide practical observations on the High Court's decision in Nissan Motor’s case for the Solicitors Journal01 April 2022
Background: Ravinder Passi was previously employed as Nissan’s Global General Counsel based in Japan. His employment was terminated in November 2020. Mr Passi brought two Employment Tribunal claims, including allegations of whistleblowing, detriment and victimisation (one during – and one following the end of – his employment). On providing his disclosure in connection with these claims, Nissan realised Mr Passi had removed and retained hundreds of highly confidential and privileged documents.
CNIL Opines on Processors’ Ability to Reuse Personal Data15 February 2022
On 12 January 2022 the CNIL published guidelines  on the reuse of personal data by data processors for their own purposes.
Data trends to watch for the retail, hospitality and leisure sector. Bryony Long writes for The Retailer Magazine
Press11 February 2022
It has been a busy year for data privacy with significant regulatory action and interesting developments relevant to the luxury and retail industry.