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Welcome to the Second Edition of Our Information Law Brief

on Wednesday, 08 April 2020.

It has been an interesting few months, both in the world of data protection and the wider world, since the last edition of the Information Law Brief.

Organisations have been required to take advantage of more innovative ways of working, which has prompted us to use this edition of the Information Law Brief to provide you with assistance with meeting your data protection obligations in these unusual times. 

While the country is operating a social distancing policy, much of the work that we do has, necessarily, moved to an online environment. This will have presented opportunities for you to utilise new technologies and to expand working practices, and along with this, there will be challenges for you to consider, particularly in relation to information security.

Coronavirus Legal Advice

The April edition of the Information Law Brief should provide you with tips for how to stay compliant during these unprecedented times, as well as a round-up of the latest developments in the world of data protection. 

The April Brief will cover the following topics:

  • Data protection support and COVID-19
  • COVID-19 tracing apps
  • Protecting your organisation against cyber-security attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Morrisons are found not to be vicariously liable for an employee's data breach

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) Update

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has launched its COVID-19 information hub, which is there to assist you in navigating data protection compliance at this time. The ICO has acknowledged that resources may, for the time being, be diverted away from governance in favour of more pressing issues. Whilst the ICO may not extend any statutory timescales, it has confirmed that it will not be penalising organisations where there is a need for them to prioritise other areas or where they are using new working practices out of necessity. It is reassuring to see that the regulator is willing to take a flexible approach to compliance in response to the current climate.    


If you would like any further information about anything raised in this edition of the Information Law Brief, please speak to Ben Holt or Andrew Gallie in our Information Law team on 07715 048666 or 07467 220831, or complete the form below.

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