Privacy is Privacy Even in a Post-Brexit Britain

Written by André Thompson, Privacy Counsel, Trūata. As UK-based companies grapple with the many consequences of Brexit, one European initiative they may be happy to depart from is the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR). The considerable burden of compliance that organisations found themselves subject and the complexity of understanding and implementing a compliance programme to […]

#Privacy: Irish regulator launches investigation into Google and Tinder

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two separate inquiries into Google and Tinder’s handling of customer data. In regards to Google, the Irish data regulator stated that it had received numerous complaints from numerous consumer organisations across the EU, regarding concerns about Google’s processing of location data. Subsequently, an investigation will be launched […]

It’s Brexit Day

More than 1,300 days after the UK narrowly voted to leave the EU and months of political wrangling, Brexit Day is finally upon us. Tomorrow marks the start of the official transitional period, during which Boris Johnson has promised to cut all ties with Europe; the UK will no longer have to stand by EU […]

#Privacy: Italian DPA fines gas and electric company 11.5m euros

The Garante has issued two penalties against Eni Gas e Luce, totaling EUR 11.5 million, for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.  In a statement, The Italian Data Protection Authority, Garante, explained that the fines concerns the illicit processing of personal data within the context of promotional activities and the activation of unsolicited […]

#Privacy: Belgian DPA to investigate supermarket’s fingerprint payment system 

The Belgian Data Protection Authority, Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit (GBA), has announced that it is planning to launch an investigation into Carrefour’s fingerprint payment system.  On Tuesday, the supermarket chain Carrefour announced that it was organising a biometric payments pilot, in a store in the centre of Brussels, which would allow clients to pay for their groceries with […]

#Privacy: Research reveals that most websites are not compliant with GDPR

Research has found that only 11.8% of consent management platforms (CMPs) meet the minimal requirements under GDPR and Europe’s eDirective regulations regarding cookies and consent. A study conducted by researchers at MIT CSAIL, Denmark’s Aarhus University and University College London, analysed how prevalent CMP designs impact people’s consent choices.  Under EU law, consent must be […]

#Privacy: Pharmacy fined £275K for GDPR violation

A London pharmacy has incurred the UK’s first ever data protection fine of £275,000 for breaching the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Doorstep Dispensaree, has been fined £275,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for its “cavalier attitude to data protection” after leaving 500,000 medical documents containing sensitive information in unlocked containers, disposal bags […]