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IP & IT Law (20 September – 4 October)

IP & IT News

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

BBC News – 4 October

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and counterparts in the US and Australia have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on it to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms. There is concern that child safety, amongst other things, will be put at risk private messages are encrypted.

ICO raids business suspected of illegal pension cold calls

ICO – 3 October

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has searched a business premises in Chichester as part of an investigation into illegal pension cold calls. There are new, stricter rules on who can make a live marketing call in relation to pension schemes. Calls can only be made by a trustee or manager of a pension scheme or a person or firm authorised by the FCA, and the person receiving the call must have given their consent.

EU citizens lose court challenge over access to Home Office data

The Guardian – 3 October

The High Court ruled that an exemption clause in the Data Protection Act 2018, which denies EU citizens living in Britain the right to access their personal records in immigration cases, is not unlawful. The law firm, Leigh Day, said the exemption affected all 3.6 million EU citizens who will have to apply for a new immigration status after Brexit.

Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

BBC News – 24 September

Following a number of court cases, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally. The ruling stems from a dispute between Google and French privacy regulator, CNIL.

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