Category Archives: David Smith

Has the search result ruling stopped the internet working?

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. It’s almost 18 months since the EU Court of Justice ruling on search results, and while it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the immediate effects of the judgment, there’s … Continue reading

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The US Safe Harbor – breached but perhaps not destroyed!

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. Not surprisingly there’s been huge interest in the impact of the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) regarding the US Safe Harbor scheme. For those … Continue reading

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Businesses: how to prepare for the EU reforms

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. You may have seen my recent blog offering an update on progress on EU data protection regulation reforms. Negotiations are very much ongoing, but if all goes according to plan, … Continue reading

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The EU Regulation – approaching the home straight?

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. As Brussels takes its summer holidays (we soldier on here at the ICO!), it’s an opportune time to again take stock of what still needs to be done before we … Continue reading

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Three years on… …and still waiting for reform

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. As the candles were blown out on the third birthday of the European Commission’s proposal for a new data protection regulation for Europe, there were plenty of people asking how … Continue reading

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Update on our response to the European Google judgment

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. It’s now 11 weeks since I last wrote about the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment in the Costeja case. The publicity given to the judgment has certainly … Continue reading

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Four things we’ve learned from the EU Google judgment

By David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. *UPDATE, 05/06/14: Google has now published a form allowing people to apply to have search results linked to their name removed. The Article 29 Working Party, which brings together data … Continue reading

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ICO blog: Road to reform proves long and winding

As the saying goes – a week’s a long time in politics – so six weeks can feel more like a lifetime in the workings of the European Union’s political machine. That’s how long it is since the agreement by … Continue reading

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ICO blog: ICO to write to 1,200 potential blacklisted workers

Today marks another step forward in our work to help those included on the construction industry blacklist, as we send out the first of around 1,200 further letters to individuals who we believe may have been on the list. We’re … Continue reading

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One small step for EU Parliament could prove one giant leap for data protection

The journey to a new European law is a long one, but to mis-quote a well-known phrase, one small step by the European Parliament could yet prove to be one giant leap forward towards a new data protection regulation. Last … Continue reading

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