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Meta, Instagram’s parent company, has been handed a €405 million fine (£349 million) by the European data privacy regulator for violating General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The sum is the largest fine the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has levelled against Meta. It’s the third fine Meta has faced from the European Data Protection Commission – WhatsApp received a...
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In recent years, distrust in the police has grown, almost reaching a fever point last year after the murder of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, a Met police officer, and the tone-deaf mismanagement of the vigil that followed. A YouGov poll from late 2021 found that almost half of all people surveyed had lost faith...
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The police are tangled in countless policy documents, regulations and legislation, dictating how they can and cannot behave. However, despite an abundance of guidance, they aren’t error-free. On occasion, this leads to the mistreatment of the public they are there to protect. As a result, they may wish to file a complaint against the police....
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Discovering that your personal information has been manipulated, stolen or lost in a data protection breach is upsetting and stressful. Determining what was taken, by whom, where your data is now, and what impact it will have on your life isn’t a pleasant experience. However, with this simple guide, finding out what your next steps...
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When you give your personal information to an organisation, whether that’s an employer, the NHS, an airline, or a bank, they are expected to guard those details against becoming public knowledge. The Data Protection Act (2018) states that any company or public body that stores sensitive information must do so responsibly, and any failure to oblige can...
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It is an unfortunate effect of the legal system that occasionally, someone may find themselves wrongfully accused of a crime or, through some mistake or failing on the part of the prosecutor, even arrested or imprisoned. While this can be devastating to the victim, it can often be the result of a mistake rather than...
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The General Data Protection Regulation, the GDPR, was brought in across Europe in 2018 and updated in 2021 in the UK to maintain national legal jurisdiction, referred to as the UK-GDPR. The law itself is concerned with the ‘processing of personal data’ and seeks to protect the rights of the individual as pertaining to the...
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In an ever more digitised world, our personal information and in particular its security, takes on an increased significance. Despite rapid technological advancements, and the best efforts of stakeholders, the quickly changing digital landscape creates vast challenges when it comes to safeguarding information. In simple terms, a data breach can be defined as any event...
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The High Court has ruled that the Metropolitan Police (“The Met”) breached the rights of organisers of a vigil for Sarah Everard in March last year. The organisers withdrew from the planned vigil after being told by the Met that they would face fines and potential prosecution if it went ahead. Speaking on behalf of...
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Woman in street looks at her phone with face pixelated for blog about What constitutes misuse of data?
Everyday we use technology, from social media to downloading apps, we’re agreeing to the provider’s use of our data. But it can often be hard to understand what constitutes misuse of data, like when or how they can use our data, since the ‘terms of use’ are often dense and challenging to process. However, they...
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