IP & IT Law (14 January – 28 January)

IP & IT News

Thousands tell HMRC to delete voice data

BBC News – 25 January

Following the launch of HMRC Voice ID system in 2017, over 160,000 people have requested to have their biometric data deleted. People can now opt in or out of the system, which keeps millions of Voice ID records in a database held by a third party. Big Brother Watch has reported HMRC to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) suggesting it has broken data protection law.

Only 17% of firms compliant with GDPR data requests

Data IQ – 22 January

Findings from a study carried out by Talend have revealed that 74% of UK organisations did not reply to address requests from individuals seeking their personal data within the one-month time frame. Only 17% of firms were deemed to be compliant with GDPR, and it appears many are struggling with the increase in personal data requests.

Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

The Guardian – 21 January

CNIL, the French data protection watchdog has fined Google £44 million for ‘failing to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies.’ The fine was issued under GDPR and was a result of a number of complaints from two European pressure groups.

Rihanna sues father over use of Fenty brand name

The Guardian – 16 January

Ronald Fenty, father of pop star Rihanna, has been sued by his daughter for using the Fenty name for his own business, confusing it with her own Fenty label. The lawsuit further states that Ronald Fenty has misled consumers to believe the star is associated with the company.

Never mind the Brexit – here comes the EU Trade Mark Directive!

Reddie & Grose – 14 January

The EU Trade Mark Directive came into force on 14 January 2019, and implements significant changes, including making trade marks ‘fit for the digital age’. These include trade marks not having to have a graphical representation, any characteristic that performs a purely technical function can be refused, and an owner of a trade mark can take action under trade mark law.

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