Footballers threaten to sue for breaches of GDPR

A group of footballers, led by former Cardiff City manager Russell Slade, are threatening data collection firms with legal action for breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The claim is backed by 850 players and seeks compensation from 17 major gaming, betting and sports data companies for misusing and trading players’ data over [...]

By |2021-10-19T17:33:21+01:0019th October, 2021|News|

Analysing the €225 million fine against WhatsApp

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a €225 million fine against WhatsApp Ireland Ltd for breaches of the GDPR. It is the second highest fine ever issued under the GDPR. The fine followed breaches by WhatsApp of its GDPR transparency obligations to users and non-users in relation to how their data was [...]

By |2021-09-08T18:17:52+01:008th September, 2021|DPO, Governments, News|

HewardMills supports Cyber Essentials certification

HewardMills is proud to support the Cyber Essentials certification. Cyber Essentials is an initiative backed by the UK Government to help organisations “guard against the most common cyber threats and demonstrate a commitment to cybersecurity.” Benefits of the certification include: Reassuring stakeholders that you are working to secure your systems against cyber-attack Showing partners [...]

By |2021-09-09T12:57:33+01:001st September, 2021|DPO, News|

Brazilian consumer protection authority fines several banks for personal data misuse

Even before the Brazilian data protection law enforcement provisions come into force on 1 August 2021, the Brazilian Justice Minister, by way of the consumer protection authority Senacon, has issued significant fines to five large banks (Itaú, Safra, Cetelem, BMG and Pan) with a presence in Brazil for the misuse of consumer personal data. [...]

By |2021-07-28T17:22:05+01:0028th July, 2021|DPO, International, News|

Works councils and data privacy rights

​The Covid-19 pandemic saw the rise of remote working. In light of this, an increasing number of organisations are also seeking to adopt monitoring tools in order to observe the productivity of employees. Under Article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), behavioural characteristics of an individual constitutes as personal data. Therefore, the GDPR [...]

By |2021-07-13T17:41:18+01:008th July, 2021|DPO, International, News, ThoughtLeadership|

Schrems II decision – sanctions and enforcement

It has been almost a year since the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its well-known Schrems II decision which invalidated the Privacy Shield for data transfers between the EU and US. The Court established that if Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) are used instead, the sending party must examine privacy laws [...]

By |2021-07-13T17:40:37+01:002nd July, 2021|DPO, Governments, International, News|

European Commission confirms UK adequacy decisions

As a result of Brexit, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), UK became a “third” country. This means organisations need to put in place a safeguard to transfer personal data to a third country, typically Standard Contractual Clauses, known as SCCs. On 28 June 2021, the European Commission (EC) adopted two adequacy decisions for the [...]

By |2021-06-30T12:41:45+01:0030th June, 2021|DPO, Governments, News|

France and Germany crack down on cookie compliance

France Following the publication of the cookie guidelines and recommendations, the French Data Protection Authority (DPA), the CNIL, has issued 20 organisations with formal notices giving them a month to comply with cookie laws. These include international digital players and public bodies. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they face fines of up to 2% of their turnover. [...]

By |2021-06-02T10:38:02+01:0028th May, 2021|DPO, Governments, International, News|

EDPB adopts favourable opinion on draft UK adequacy decision

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted two opinions on the European Commission’s draft UK adequacy decision at its 48th plenary session and early indications are that their stance is favourable. It will now be for the European Commission to seek approval from representatives from each EU Member State, after which a final decision [...]

By |2021-04-30T16:44:55+01:0030th April, 2021|DPO, News|

Data protection software tools

Data protection and privacy requirements have grown increasingly complex and while there is no substitute for a comprehensive privacy programme staffed by a knowledgeable and multidisciplinary team, there are increasingly more opportunities to enlist the help of software tools. All three companies reviewed here, offer their own custom API and set of automated tools designed to integrate with a company’s existing technology stack, [...]

By |2021-04-12T16:36:09+01:0012th April, 2021|DPO, International, News|
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