ICO details change to response timescales for data subject access requests

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued updated guidance on the timescales for responding to a data subject access request (DSAR) following a recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The general rule is that DSARs must be complied with without...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019
Thames House in London: the home of MI5 (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

UK intelligence agency MI5 admits “unlawfully spying” on Privacy International

The UK’s domestic-facing intelligence agency MI5 – the Security Service – has admitted that it captured and read registered charity Privacy International’s private data as part of its Bulk Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Datasets (BPD)...
Posted On 25 Sep 2018

Brexit negotiations “must focus on security co-operation immediately” urges Home Affairs Committee

A report published by the Home Affairs Committee in Parliament warns of “serious legal, constitutional and political obstacles” in the way of achieving continued close policing and security co-operation post-Brexit. Entitled ‘UK-EU Security Co-operation After...
Posted On 27 Mar 2018

Advocate General: “Lack of safeguards in Government surveillance law breaches people’s fundamental rights”

Powers allowing the police service and public bodies alike to grant themselves access to people’s communications data with no external oversight of that process or the need for suspicion of serious criminality in order to do so breach Human Rights law. That’s the conclusion...
Posted On 26 Jul 2016
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has found in favour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and GCHQ on all points of law in a case brought by Privacy International and a group of seven Internet Service Providers. The IPT’s ruling made clear that the legal regime...
Posted On 16 Feb 2016
The High Court in London

DRIPA challenge by MPs: “Government’s surveillance law is unlawful” rules High Court

Having duly assessed a strong and bold challenge brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson who were represented by Liberty, the High Court has subsequently found that Sections 1 and 2 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (otherwise known as DRIPA) are...
Posted On 22 Jul 2015