With changes to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to take effect on the 25 May 2018 you may want to think about planning.
Earlier this week the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook story hit the press. Following a Channel 4 investigation it was widely reported that Cambridge Analytica is alleged to have interfered with elections and created a Facebook App using some 50 million US citizen’s data.
This week I am starting in-house training at my firm, Wansbroughs solicitors. The focus for this is to ensure that everyone is ready for the arrival of the GDPR on the 25 May 2018. With less than three months to go, this is a good time to deal with it.
One new right to be introduced by the GDPR on the 25 May 2018 is data portability. This gives data subjects a right to receive their information from a data controller and re-use it with another service provider. It is most easily understood in context where this already takes place, for example the transmission of certain information where consumers change bank account or phone provider.
When Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) replaced their more simplistic predecessors (EPAs) in 2007, an opportunity arose whereby the person making the LPA (the donor) could include more specific guidance for their attorneys than had previously been possible. While a few clients chose to stipulate that their attorneys must not, for example, invest in companies supporting certain political parties, far more chose to provide no additional guidance, instead leaving the decision-making in the hands of their carefully chosen attorneys without restriction.
“The claimants have applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal. A detailed note on the Court of Appeal’s decision is available here. The defendant’s solicitors have been told by the Supreme Court Registry that the application for permission will be placed before the justices for their consideration this week, and that a decision will be notified to the parties. When the defendant’s advisers are officially informed of the outcome of the permission application, a further news item will appear here. The defendant is represented by Edward Faulks QC and Paul Stagg, instructed by Rob Hams of Wansbroughs.”