Archive March 2018

ICO Finally granted Warrant for access to Cambridge Analytica

It has been reported this afternoon, that after several days, including a delay due to the company in question not having an available barrister for the hearing, the Information Commissioner (ICO) has the warrant they sought to search the offices of Cambridge Analytica.

The delay highlights the weaknesses, however, of the system designed to protect the personal information and data of individuals – something coming into sharp focus with the onset of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Bill, currently moving through Parliament, that will deal with related matters and those at the behest of nation states, that will govern the UK’s data protection regime going forward.

After May, it is hoped that the UK regulator will have stronger powers to better protect the personal information of data subjects, as companies and businesses continue to prepare for the new rules – our own approach and practical workshops around Data Protection Advice have focused on the competitive advantages for business in fully embracing a Privacy by Design approach throughout their organisations – something we suspect that consumers (particularly given the light being shone on these issues as a result of the misuse of Facebook data within this case) will themselves embrace, exercising their stronger and new-found data protection rights.

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Where Good Data Management is no Longer Optional! #GDPR

Terrance Murray is an experienced scaffolder and therefore presumably thought it was ok to take a risk; after all, as he might have thought, the likelihood of something going wrong would be low.

60ft from the ground, he was wearing his safety harness, whilst working from scaffolding set against a building in Manchester. The Problem? It was not attached to anything; he got down ok but the risks to those around him were captured by a retired health and safety inspector, who photographed his antics. The Result? He now faces jail for admitting breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The work was being undertaken at the rear of Sunlight House, a Grade II listed building on Quay Street in the City.

He was witnessed walking on planks with no side rail that might prevent a fall. The potential for life-threatening injuries were therefore significant, whether to him, his apprentice whom had been working below or members of the public on the ground.

Following the hearing, an HM inspector of health and safety said: “The potential for his actions was the death of a young man. This is a situation which could easily have been avoided. He had all the right equipment.”

Mr Murray, now facing jail, had not appreciated the significance of his actions but of course in such serious circumstances, there will be no leeway to him. The judge, at Salford Magistrates’ Court recommended he get himself a lawyer when the case comes before the court.

With the onset of GDPR, replacing the UK Data Protection Act 1998 in May, the adoption of health and safety requirements as the default position on construction sites and other business premises is of course the norm these days. The General Data protection Regulation and its requirements will, no doubt, follow a similar path. Failing to deal with and indeed embrace GDPR, taking a positive approach to good data management, as the default position in your business, will likewise be the norm; why not get ahead and gain competitive advantage now? Take a look at Our Data Protection Advice concerning Data Management, the DPA 1998 and under the upcoming GDPR for businesses, those involved in franchising, the tech sector, care homes and even other law firms! If you are yet to complete or even start your GDPR journey, call us to see how our range of packages, workshops and in-house advice can assist you before 25 May 2018.

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GDPR: The Truth about Fines

As awareness began to climb around GDPR, towards the end of last year, the media had focussed on the headline-grabbing fines that might be levied for those businesses found to be non-compliant – headline-grabbing indeed; but not reality for most businesses subject to GDPR. In fact, Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner herself warned last December of ‘scaremongering because of misconceptions.’

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2nd March: Contact Information

Although our offices are closed, due to the severe weather, we remain available to our clients and contacts.

As a result of our major IT upgrade last year, we have full remote availability to our systems, wherever we are, meaning that there should be limited disruption to our services today. Our offices, however, are closed and therefore for best contact information, please e-mail your usual contact, who can reply or call you back, rather than calling our usual telephone numbers.

We thank you for your understanding and hope everyone remains safe and secure.

Best wishes from all of the Team at Solicitors Title.

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