The Information Commissioner (ICO) has published the results of an Information Governance survey carried out last year in relation to local government. The survey highlights some key areas that local authorities will need to address in order to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What are the key findings? The survey identified a… Read more »

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Equating planning permission with a copyright licence in designs can be costly. A recent English High Court case (Signature Realty Limited V Fortis Developments Ltd and others) has again brought attention to the vexed issues around copyright in plans approved as part of planning permission. The amount of damages is yet to be decided but… Read more »


The Information Commissioner (ICO) has published for consultation draft guidance on its interpretation of “consent” under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The consultation is open until 31 March 2017. Consent is one of the grounds for lawfully processing personal data under the current Data Protection Act. However, it is an concept that frequently confuses… Read more »

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Earlier this month, Google announced that the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has confirmed that Google’s terms and conditions for G-Suite (Google Apps) and Google Cloud Platform are consistent with the EU Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for data transfers outside the EEA. Google is not the first vendor to get approval for its own… Read more »