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26 Feb 2014

Data Protection update - February 2014


Welcome to the February 2014 edition of our Data Protection update, our monthly bulletin on key developments in data protection law.

In this edition, we look at the issue of cyber theft, including concerns over the leaking of Tesco customer accounts. We also update you on the "blagging conspiracy" case outlined in our November 2013 bulletin.

We provide an update on the contested fine issued to Google by the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL), as well as discussing the recent ruling by the High Court permitting three individuals to bring claims in England against Google Inc. for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), considered to be a landmark privacy development.

We also summarise key rules on the anoymisation of personal data as set out in the new European Data Protection Handbook published in December 2013, and consider a recent judgement of the Court of Appeal which breaks with the previous authority of Durant v FSA by finding that a person's name is personal data without any significant additional associated information.

Finally, we look at the ICO's recent activity, outlining a recent monetary penalty notice issued to the Department of Justice, Northern Ireland, and summarising the reports published by the ICO on 28 January 2014 in recognition of the eighth annual European Data Protection Day.

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