IP & IT Law (28 June – 12 July)

Ellie MacKenzie

July 12, 2019

IP & IT News 

UK privacy watchdog notifies multi-million pound fines for data breaches

Mills & Reeve – 10 July 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has started issuing notices of intention to fine data controllers for data breaches. In the last week, two notices have been issues: the ICO has proposed a fine of £183.39 million to British Airways, and a £99 million fine to hotels group Marriott.


Businesses more reliant on ICO as data breach reports explode

ITPRO – 10 July

Since the introduction of GDPR in May 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has looked into 13,840 reports from organisations. This is a fourfold increase from the previous year, where the ICO investigated 3,311 reports. An annual report from the ICO revealed that 64% of organisations said they had noticed an increase in users exercising their information rights.


Facebook quizzed in court on EU-US data transfers

BBC News – 9 July 

The Irish data protection commissioner has argued that Facebook's method of transferring data from the EU to the US for business purposes does not sufficiently protect EU citizens' right to privacy. US intelligence agencies could subject the data to mass surveillance.


TikTok under investigation over child data use

The Guardian – 2 July 

A UK investigation has opened into the video-sharing app TikTok over how it handles the data of its young users. Safety of the children who use the app is also a big concern, with the open messaging system being flagged as a potential issue.