UK & EU Data Protection Bulletin: July 2020

Welcome to our July Data Protection Newsletter.



It has been a relatively quiet month for data protection developments so content this month is very light but we are expecting more developments imminently (e.g. on the Schrems data transfer decision) which will no doubt dominate the data protection headlines. Watch out for our updates on this in the coming weeks.

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ICO

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UK Cases

EDPB

Other EU news


ICO

Explaining Decisions made with AI 

In January, the ICO issued draft guidelines on how to explain decisions made using artificial intelligence to individuals, and opened the guidelines for consultation. Having collected stakeholder views, the ICO has now published the final version of the guidelines, which are available here

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Other UK news

Consultation on Caldicott Principles

The National Data Guardian - an official advisory body to the English NHS and UK Department of Health and Social Care - has announced a summer 2020 consultation on reforms to the seminal "Caldicott Principles". These Principles are important guidelines on the use of confidential patient data in the NHS, under "common law" rules and public sector policy that intersect with the GDPR. 

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UK cases

ZXC v BLOOMBERG LP [2020] 5 WLUK 195  

The Court of Appeal upheld the decision by Nicklin J in the first instance judgment of 17 April 2019 ([2019] EWHC 970 (QB)) on the fundamental right to privacy in the context of criminal investigations.

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EDPB

EDPB Plenary session

During the 28th EDPB Plenary Session, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted its opinion on the draft Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for controller-processor contracts submitted to it by the Slovenian Supervisory Authority (SA).   

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Other EU news

Croatian Presidency introduces 'legitimate interests' into amended proposal]

The Croatian Presidency of the EU has issued an amended proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation, to be discussed during the meeting of the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society on March 5 and 12. Negotiations have been ongoing for a number of years and the previous Finnish Presidency had tried unsuccessfully to reach a political agreement last November.

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Other EU news

EDPS and Microsoft Investigation 

EDPS' investigation into Inter-Institutional Licensing Agreement (‘ILA’) signed between EU institutions and Microsoft is now finalised and recommendations were published on EDPS' newsletter in early May. The recommendations are not detailed; however they set-out clear-cut rules on the parties' controllership status.

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The EDPS has published its opinion on the European Commission’s “European Strategy for Data”

On 16 June 2020, the EDPS published its response to the European Strategy for Data which was issued by the European Commission earlier this year (the “Data Strategy”). The Data Strategy is part of the Commission’s aim to create a single cross-sectoral space for data within the EU.  

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