Guidance for the use of personal data in political campaigning

Introduction It is vital in any democratic society that political parties and campaigners are able to communicate effectively with voters. But it is equally vital for the integrity of elections and democracy that all organisations involved in political campaigning handle and process personal data in a way that is compliant with data protection law. In […]

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GDPR Regulations for CCTV , Photography and Video equipment and drones.

CCTV In general, CCTV is directed at viewing and/or recording the activities of individuals. Therefore, most uses of CCTV by organisations or businesses will be covered by the DPA. The ICO has also issued a code of practice that provides recommendations on the use of CCTV systems to help organisations comply with the DPA. CCTV […]

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Transferring personal data by USB device

USB devices offer a convenient way to transfer data between two computers. However, their small physical size and large data capacity means that large volumes of personal data can be lost or stolen with relative ease. Furthermore, if personal data is not securely wiped from USB devices prior to reuse there is a possibility that […]

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What is the difference between GDPR and PECR

Data protection and marketing are so closely interconnected that no marketing plan involving data can move forward without getting data protection right. GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation – and PECR – Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations – are regulations concerning data protection that marketers must familiarise themselves with. The two regulations are complementary, indeed […]

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Principle (c): Data minimisation

What is the data minimisation principle? Article 5(1)(c) says: “1. Personal data shall be: (c) adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed (data minimisation)” So you should identify the minimum amount of personal data you need to fulfil your purpose. You should hold that […]

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Dealing with Children’s Data

According to the GDPR, children merit specific protection with regard to their personal data, as they may be less aware of the risks, consequences and safeguards concerns and their rights in relation to the processing of personal data. Definition under the GDPR Any information given to, or provided in communication with, a child must be […]

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EU Commission’s approval of the UK’s adequacy

The EU Commission has announced on 28.06.2021 that adequacy decisions for the UK have been approved. This means the EU has determined the UK’s data protection laws to be robust enough to ensure data can safely flow to the UK from the EU (and EEA). Approved adequacy means that businesses can continue to receive data […]

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EU Releases New Standard Contractual Clauses for Cross-Border Data Transfers

The European Commission published two sets of new standard contractual clauses (SCCs) governing cross-border data transfers and data exchanges between controllers and processors (i.e., service providers), marking the first updates to SCCs in more than a decade. The long-awaited new SCCs reflect evolved data protection laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as […]

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The GDPR: Understanding the 6 data protection principles

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) outlines six data protection principles that summarise its many requirements. These are an essential resources for those trying to understanding how to achieve compliance. Indeed, small organisations, which often lack the resources to appoint data protection experts to guide them through compliance, may find them particularly useful. We take a look […]

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Legitimate interests at a glance

What is the ‘legitimate interests’ basis? Article 6(1)(f) gives you a lawful basis for processing where: “processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require […]

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