dataprotection

Technical note on Data Protection : Department for Exiting the European Union

Technical note on Data Protection

Department for Exiting the European Union

Published, 7 June 2018

This policy paper published by the Department for Exiting the European Union outlines the possibilities for cooperation on Data Protection between the UK and EU in the future.

The paper covers the benefits that could be achieved by a new agreement on data protection between the UK and EU which would not prevent the EU from making changes to its legislation on data protection but would offer greater legal certainty, transparency and cooperation.

Biometrics Commissioner report : Office of the Biometrics Commissioner

Biometrics Commissioner annual report 2017

Office of the Biometrics Commissioner

Published, 5 June 2018

This report outlines the activities of the Biometric Commissioner in 2017. Topics covered include biometric databases, biometric data retention and deletion, national security, international exchanges and the future challenges of biometrics.

Consumer attitudes to data collection and use : Which?

Control, Alt or Delete? Consumer research on attitudes to data collection and use. 

Which?

Published, 5 June 2018

Which? have conducted research to explore what the public know about the collection of consumer data, how they feel about this, how it affects their behaviour and how these differ across different consumers. The findings of this will provide information to policymakers on how the public may react to new policy proposals.

 

Data Protection Act 2018 Overview : DCMS

Data Protection Act 2018 Overview

DCMS

Published, 25 May 2018

The Department for Digital Culture and Media publishes a fact sheet as an overview of the Data Protection Act 2018.

The fact sheet identifies the aims of the Act and how these will be achieved. It also provides information on what the main features of the Act are which have been subdivided into four categories: General data processing, Law enforcement processing, Intelligence services processing and Regulation and enforcement.

FCO appropriate policy document : Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FCO appropriate policy document: protecting special category and criminal convictions personal data

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Published, 24 May 2018

This policy document outlines how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will safeguard personal data on criminal convictions as well as special category data.

The document sets out the processes that the Office has established to ensure it complies with the six principles of the General Data Protection Regulation as well as outlining how compliance will be demonstrated.

Government approach to facial imaging unacceptable : House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Government approach to facial imaging unacceptable

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Published, 25 May 2018

This report, published by the Science and Technology Committee, discusses the Government’s approach to biometrics and forensics.

The report suggests that the Government has an unacceptable approach to deleting images of innocent individuals due to lack of a system to automatically delete such images and those individuals not knowing that they have the right to request that an image of them is deleted. The report also highlights the ethical issues surrounding the use of facial images.

Digital Economy Act regulations : Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

Digital Economy Act 2017 Draft Codes of Practice and Regulations

Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

Published, 22 May 2018

The UK government have produced draft regulations, code of practice and explanatory material to accompany the 2017 Digital Economy Acts Public Service Delivery chapter. This is to ensure departments and local authorities understand what safeguards are already in place and what they need to follow.

Algorithms in decision making : House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Algorithms in decision making

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Published, 15 May 2018

This report provides an overview of the themes and challenges related to algorithms and big data faced by the proposed Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation as it is set up.

There is an exploration of how algorithms rely on data sharing and how they could be used for bias and discrimination, how the use of algorithms could be accountable and transparent, and the regulatory environment surrounding algorithms.

2018 Corporate Accountability Index : Ranking Digital Rights

2018 Corporate Accountability Index

Ranking Digital Rights

Published, 25 April 2018

This report ranks companies in the mobile, telecommunications and internet sector using 35 indicators within three categories: Governance, Freedom of Expression and Privacy.

Although there have been improvements in disclosures made by the 22 companies evaluated since last year, the report highlights that it is still not clear to users how their personal data is used by companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter or how they safeguard personal information.

ICO consults on how it will use increased powers under upcoming data protection reform : Information Commissioner

ICO consults on how it will use increased powers under upcoming data protection reform

Information Commissioner

Published, 4 May 2018

The Information Commissioner's Office has launched a consultation to gather views on their draft Regulatory Action Policy which will regulate new data protection laws.

The policy has been updated to include new powers, such as no-notice inspections. The consultation is open for eight weeks, closing on 28 June 2018.

Data for Public Benefit : Carnegie UK Trust

Data for Public Benefit

Carnegie UK Trust

Published, 26 April 2018

Involve, Understanding Patient Data and the Carnegie UK Trust publish a report on the findings of research conducted through workshops on the benefits and risks of sharing data in public and voluntary sectors (such as housing, criminal justice, and health).

The report presents a framework of principles for appropriate instances for data sharing in these sectors and poses questions for sector leaders to determine if data are being shared and protected sufficiently.

Data protection: toolkit for schools : Department of Education

Data protection: toolkit for schools

Department of Education

Published, 23 April 2018

The UK Department for Education publishes a set of guidelines for schools to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will begin to be enforced in May 2018.

The guidelines will help ensure that schools are ready to properly handle personal and sensitive data and quickly respond to cyber attacks.

Copyright Protection on Digital Platforms : Cyber Data Coalition

Copyright Protection on Digital Platforms: Existing Tools, Good Practice and Limitations

Cyber Data Coalition

Published, 20 April 2018

The French High Council for Literary and Artistic Property (CSPLA) releases an English translation of its 2017 report on the upcoming Article 13 of the EU’s Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, which concerns technologies that can detect copyright infringement.

This Article is particularly relevant for platforms like YouTube where a substantial proportion of the content is not uploaded by the copyright owner (particularly music), thereby limiting the revenue and protections of the artist.

The Article outlines the problems with the current approach of taking down content identified as violating copyright and outlines the proposed automated system to provide safeguards for copyright on online platforms.