Join the Club

We’ve all been there. It’s Saturday night, “The Masked Singer” has long finished, and there seems to be nothing else to do but reveal Dominic Cummings’ mobile number on the internet. Award-winning journalist Carole Cadwalladr took to Twitter to either announce that she had invited Cummings to join flavour of the month social media site […]

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Open Wrongs

The Open Rights Group describes itself as “a UK-based digital campaigning organisation working to protect our rights to privacy and free speech online”. Although its campaigns are varied, there has definitely been an emphasis in recent months on the work of the ICO, culminating in a fiery call by the organisation’s Executive Director Jim Killock to […]

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Blast from the past

As we all endure the lockdown and the uncertainty about when and how it might end, I have been trying to avoid thinking about the past. It’s tempting to dwell on the last time I went to the cinema (Home, Manchester ironically to watch ‘The Lighthouse’), the last time I went to a pub (Tweedies […]

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The Curse of the Padlock

One of the dangers of working in Data Protection is the risk of becoming a pedant. Precision matters; court cases have turned on the meaning of individual words like ‘likely’ and ‘distress’. The legislation is a maze of definitions and concepts that the competent practitioner needs to get to grips with. Lazy thinking can be […]

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Home, James

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about data protection and nonsense, highlighting inaccurate claims made by training companies, marketers and pressure groups. A bad tempered spat ensued in comments on LinkedIn between myself and Russell James, the marketer behind the lobbying attempt to change the ICO’s funding model to include cost recovery. James […]

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Bad Policy

On July 19th 2018, Linda McKee made a simple (but admirably polite) FOI request to the Information Commissioner’s Office. McKee asked for a copy of the ICO’s special categories policy document, a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 when processing special categories data in certain circumstances. The DPA was passed in early May 2018, […]

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Live and Let Dai

To say that anything connected with GDPR is the worst example of its kind is a foolhardy business. I’ve read so many terrible articles, LinkedIn posts and Tweets about GDPR, to single any one of them out and say ‘THIS ONE IS THE WORST’ seems pointless. Most of them are bad. However, after watching 33 […]

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