News, Articles & Events: August 2023
On 19 June 2023, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced the launch of its new guidance in relation to Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), which it hopes will positively support UK businesses in their development and innovation of new technologies, whilst respecting the privacy of individuals. The new guidance (which is standalone from its anonymisation and […]
The World Ethical Data Foundation has published an open standard for responsible AI designed to “clarify the process of building AI by exposing the steps that go into creating it responsibly”. The Open Suggestions Framework is a free online forum allowing users, developers, technologists, data scientists and others to build upon suggestions, approaches and share […]
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its third draft journalism code of practice (the Code) on 6 July 2023. The Code has been produced in accordance with a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 and provides practical guidance on how organisations can comply with data protection law when using personal information for journalistic purposes. […]
The UK and US governments are committed in principle to ensuring the free flow of personal data between the two countries without burdensome red tape. On 8 June 2023, the UK and US governments jointly announced their commitment to establish a “data bridge” to operate as a UK extension to the EU/US Data Privacy Framework […]
The European Commission (EC) has taken a decision that will have positive and significant effects for businesses that transfer personal data from the EU to the US. The decision also has welcome implications for transferring data from the UK to that territory. On 10 July 2023, the EC adopted an adequacy decision for transfers of […]
Courts make orders all the time, and the court expects people to do what they are ordered to do. The consequences of not complying with a court order can be serious, as demonstrated by the recent case of Jones v Hamilton (acting through his Trustees in Bankruptcy)  EWHC 1216 (Ch), which started with the […]
Last updated 16 November 2023 The government has just released draft legislation with a proposed date of 22 January 2024 as the date the increase in civil penalty for employers employing illegal workers is due to come into force. The civil penalty is set to triple to a crippling £45,000 per worker for first offences […]
National law firm Freeths has appointed Gary Georgeson as a Legal Director in its real estate team. This comes just one month after the firm announced its strategic launch in Scotland. Joining from CMS, Gary Georgeson has over 17 years’ experience in the commercial property sector advising on all aspects of real estate matters, but […]
On 11 July 2023, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Treasury (HMT) jointly issued a call for evidence from trustees, advisers and other stakeholders to assist in formulating policy to improve the skills and capability of pension trustees in relation to their decision—making on investments. Maxwell Ballad, Director at Freeths, comments on […]
The High Court has held that a proviso to the power of amendment in the BBC Pension Scheme applies to benefits for future pensionable service as well as past service rights. The court was not asked to consider any specific proposal to amend the scheme. The court also decided that it would be proper for […]
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