Information Commissioner’s Office

The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) was reportedly set to sound a note of caution recently, at Politico’s Global Tech Day, regarding the potential privacy risks that can arise in the context of generative artificial intelligence (AI).  

Privacy risks of generative AI

While acknowledging the potentially significant advantages and benefits that generative AI can bring, both to organisations and society more generally, the ICO’s Exec Director of Regulatory Risk, Stephen Almond, was expected to reiterate to businesses the need to consider the potential data protection issues around generative AI, noting that ensuring the compliance of such technologies with applicable data protection laws needs to be robustly scrutinised.Continue Reading UK Information Commissioner Warns of Privacy Risks Around Generative AI

Introduction

Ahead of its much-anticipated guidance on the UK International Data Transfer Agreement / Addendum (IDTA) (the United Kingdom’s version of the EU standard contractual clauses (EU SCCs)), the UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has revised its guidance on international transfers of personal data under the UK GDPR (Transfer Guidance).Continue Reading UK Data Protection Regulator Updates its Guidance on Data Transfers

The new approach to regulatory and enforcement action adopted by the UK Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) looks set to continue in 2023. The ICO has indicated recently that it is modifying its attitude towards regulatory action in respect of public sector organisations. It has also noted that enforcement does not necessarily equate to fines, but includes various other “corrective powers,” including warnings, reprimands, compliance orders, limitation orders, erasure of data and suspension of data flows.

Going forward, the ICO intends to regulate for outcomes rather than outputs, observing that the number or level of fines should not be used as a yardstick by which to judge the ICO’s success and that achieving preferential outcomes and publicising these may have a more significant impact on UK citizens’ rights than monetary penalties might achieve.

Continue Reading UK Information Commissioner’s Office Highlights New Strategic Approach to Regulatory Action

On 17 June 2022, the UK government released its much anticipated response to the consultation on the reform of the UK data protection regime. As part of the UK’s post-Brexit national data strategy, the consultation gathered responses on proposals aimed at reforming the UK’s data protection regime to boost the UK economy. In its response, the UK government has signalled which of the proposals it will be proceeding with and are likely to appear in an upcoming Data Reform Bill.

Overall, these reforms do not overhaul the existing UK data protection compliance regime, which is derived from EU legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation and ePrivacy Directive. Instead, the proposals are incremental and largely modify obligations that organizations will be familiar with under the existing regime. As expected, these reforms are largely business-focused, with an overall aim of reducing compliance burdens faced by businesses of all sizes and facilitating the use (and re-use) of data for research.Continue Reading UK Government Publishes Its Response on the Reform of the UK Data Protection Regime

A recent decision by the Austrian Supervisory Authority (“SA”) casts a spotlight on the complexities of data transfers and cookie use, and highlights a shift in regulatory focus onto these topics in the year ahead. Regulators around Europe are increasingly beginning to weigh in on such transfers, and the outcomes of their deliberations will shape the data transfer compliance landscape in the months to come. These decisions present complex questions about the future of data transfers in the EU and UK.
Continue Reading Increased EU Scrutiny of US Data Transfers Through Cookie Use