The UK Supreme Court ruled that a supermarket chain was not liable for a data breach caused by a disgruntled employee. The ruling is narrow, however, and employers must consider a number of factors in its wake.
A proposed new data protection law will strengthen information privacy rules in the UK and bring the country in line with EU law, ensuring the free flow of information between Europe and the UK post-Brexit.
Brexit will have a profound impact on the UK. Years before it takes effect, it’s already influencing Britain’s socioeconomic, political and business climate. Here are five important developments you need to follow if you do business in the UK or with UK-based businesses.
Transferring EU personal data across borders is a complicated and sensitive issue. Last year’s ruling on the invalidity of the EU-US Safe Harbor scheme, and the subsequent negotiations culminating in the EU-US Privacy Shield, are testament to this. US and EU lawmakers had to scramble to agree on the terms of the Privacy Shield, which will operate as a voluntary scheme for US data importers and which some EU privacy activists may yet challenge. When the UK exits the EU, it does not want to endure the tortuous, years-long journey taken by the US in developing the Privacy Shield. But the fact is that upon Brexit, the flow of EU personal data to the UK will no longer be lawful unless the UK is assessed as having an adequate level of data protection by the European Commission (EC). And to date, the EC has only assessed 11 countries as having adequate data privacy legislation.
So the burning question in this area is: Would the UK’s data protection regime receive an adequacy endorsement from the European Commission?
The coming UK referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union could have serious ramifications for multinationals operating in the UK. This post is the first of a three-part Radius series examining a potential Brexit and the related legal, HR and tax implications companies should be aware of.
In this week's Global Glance we look at blockchain and why it’s time you got educated, key points of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, and the UK’s EU referendum.