Foreign “smart cities” could face GDPR fines for misusing EU citizens' data, a Government smart city tsar has warned. Dr Jacqui Taylor, strategic advisor to the UK Government on smart cities, said that public bodies and companies based abroad could face fines worth millions of pounds if they fail to follow strict rules which protect EU residents from data misuse. Transgressors can be fined 4pc of annual global turnover or €20m (£17.4m), whichever is greater. Cities elsewhere in the world face being “called to account if something goes wrong”, she said, with British citizens able to complain to UK regulator the Information Commissioner if they think their rights have been infringed. Smart cities across the globe are beginning to collect data from residents and visitors to monitor purchasing, public transport and services use, but there has been controversy about how the data is managed and whether there is enough transparency about what it … [Read more...] about Foreign cities face GDPR fines for misusing EU citizens’ data, Government smart city tsar warns
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Few legislative changes have made their presence felt quite so quickly. Earlier this month, it was announced by the Knutsford-headquartered Information Commissioners Office (ICO) that it has already served its first formal notice against a data analytics firm accused of processing people's data "for purposes which they would not have expected". And more of these notices are expected to follow. It might be only four months since GDPR became stature, but its presence is already being felt among Greater Manchester’s burgeoning ecommerce sector. In general, the consensus of expert opinion is that consumers are demanding stronger data protections from the brands with which they engage. Darren Ratcliffe, digital director of Manchester-based marketing agency Six & Flow, places the impact of GDPR on ecommerce in context thus: “Now that the dust has settled and the GDPR legislation is being put into place, most online retailers are coping well with the changes. “The … [Read more...] about How Greater Manchester’s flourishing ecommerce sector must take GDPR seriously
In theory, on March 30 next year any Irish consumer-facing organisation working with Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK must stop sending people's information there or risk significant fines. Will that really happen? Maybe, though not straight away. EU citizens' data cannot legally be sent to "third countries" which lack our level of data protection. One way to keep the data flowing is if foreign states apply for an "adequacy finding" from the EU, which tests if the receiving country's data protection laws are up to scratch. It takes months and involves the European Commission and a process of "comitology", which is just as painful as it sounds. It also needs deep legislative and regulatory groundwork to be laid by the applicant, something the UK does not currently excel at. Also, it cannot even begin until after the UK leaves the EU. By contrast, Japan is just about to secure an adequacy finding as part of its long-prepared EU trade deal. You might think that as the UK has just … [Read more...] about Brexit: Where will you be when the data stops flowing out of the EU?
paperwork crunch New data-protection laws seem timelier than ever after the Facebook scandal but implementing them is overwhelming all but the biggest players. Published on May 15, 2018 8:55 am The European Union’s strict new data-privacy rules go into effect next week, threatening to impose a disproportionately heavy burden on small and medium-sized companies. The new rules require firms to obtain signed consent forms from customers to use their data and to allow them to access and delete data companies hold on them. The clumsily-named General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a challenge for big companies but often overwhelming for smaller firms, particularly the family-owned Mittlestand firms that are the backbone of the German economy. “The added costs for paperwork are enormous,” said Thomas Rick, head of the computer services firm Behrens & Schuleit. “Our in-house data protection person is super-overstressed.” The rules are … [Read more...] about EU data-privacy rules create burden for SMEs
Campaigners for the rights of EU citizens settled in the UK have started legal proceedings against the government over new laws that prevent them from accessing their Home Office records. An application for a judicial review of the Data Protection Act, which was passed into the statute books in May, was lodged in the high court in London on Friday. The legal challenge comes as the government launches its first live trial of a new registration system that will be mandatory for all EU citizens after Brexit. The live trial is taking place in Liverpool and the Home Office is hoping for 4,000 volunteers to go through the online application process for the new immigration category of “settled status”. The3million, a grassroots organisation representing EU citizens living in the UK, and Open Rights Group said they had no option but to seek a court intervention because the government refused to listen to their concerns. They are worried that if EU citizens legally in the country … [Read more...] about Brexit: EU citizens seek judicial review over access to Home Office records