Restrictions On ICO’s Power to Impose Fines for Cold Calls, Emails and Nuisance Text Messages Relaxed (and Mobile Telecommunication Providers Get Some Extra Exemptions from the Location Data Rules)

From the 6 April this year, the UK regulator the Information Commissioner will be able to issue fines for breaches of the direct marketing provision of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 without having to prove the organisation making the infringing call or sending the text or email knew or ought to have known that such breach would be of a kind likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress.

Real, Honest Cooperative Action – the Key to Obtaining a Deferred Prosecution Agreement in the UK

Real, Honest Cooperative Action – the Key to Obtaining a Deferred Prosecution Agreement in the UK

In a July 1 speech to the UK Aerospace and Defence Industry Seminar, Ben Morgan of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) discussed his recommendations for how companies seeking Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) should interact with the SFO. His resounding message was cooperation on the part of the company, not just “the impression of cooperation” but real, honest cooperative action.

UK Set to Implement Emergency Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

UK Set to Implement Emergency Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

In April, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘Court’) declared Directive 2006/24/EC on the Retention of Data to be invalid, creating uncertainty for telecommunications operators across the region. In a controversial move by the UK Government, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (‘Act’) has been passed using emergency procedures.

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill – a New Low in UK Legislative Proposals

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill – a New Low in UK Legislative Proposals

Anything designed to reduce the burden of regulation on employers must be a good idea, right?  Well, not necessarily, no, and certainly not the proposed Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill, a legislative proposal defective from conception to execution in almost every way it is possible to imagine.