UK Constitutional Law Association

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Bethany Shiner: How Does the Data Protection Act 2018 Empower the Information Commissioner to Tackle the Misuse of Personal Data in Political Campaigns?

Introduction Following on from an earlier piece on this blog which highlighted some of the gaps in the legal framework relating to the use of personal data for political purposes … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Bethany Shiner: Just the Politics of Persuasion: Are Gaps in Regulation Affecting Political Campaigning Methods?

Introduction The chair of the Electoral Commission recently warned that British elections face a ‘perfect storm’ of threats to their integrity from developments in social media and political advertising, and … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

Oliver Butler: The Data Protection Bill and Public Authority Powers to Process Personal Data: Resurrecting Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009?

The Data Protection Bill currently before Parliament substantially resurrects the controversial clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009. Careful scrutiny of this provision is needed and it must … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 7 Comments

Thomas Raine: The CJEU and Data Retention: A Critical Take on the Watson Case

In Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15 Secretary of State for the Home Department v Watson, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) provided further details about the requirements … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christina Eckes and Vigjilenca Abazi: Safe Harbour Case: Safeguarding European Fundamental Rights or Creating a Patchwork of National Data Protection?

On Tuesday, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the Commission’s US Safe Harbour Decision invalid. The Court’s ruling in Case C-362/14 of the … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Paul Bernal: Privacy, Surveillance and Brexit….

An Englishman’s home is his castle, so the old saying goes, and it might be thought that the implication is that the English place a special importance on privacy. The … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

David Erdos: Mind the Gap – The CJEU Google Spain Judgment Profoundly Challenges the Current Realities of Freedom of Expression and Information Online

CROSS-POSTED FROM OPENDEMOCRACY.NET. The European UnionData Protection Directive of 1995 has always had lofty, and in many ways implausible, ambitions. As regards the private sector, it seeks to outlaw the … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 3 Comments

Hayley J. Hooper: Keep Calm and Carry On?

ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 the Upper Tribunal allowed an appeal, reversing decisions of the Information Commissioner relating to the release of “advocacy correspondence” between Prince Charles in his capacity as … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 6 Comments

Carol Harlow: Surveillance and the Superstate

For a society as devoted to secrets and privacy as the British are traditionally supposed to be, however, the law possesses surprisingly few protections for the communications of its citizens. … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Tom Hickman: Data Over-Protection

When my central heating boiler stopped working the other day I was expecting exorbitant costs, cold nights huddled around a hot water bottle and possibly a few hours holding on … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · 4 Comments

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