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UK IDTA comes into force

21/03/22 – As expected, the International Data Transfer Agreement (IDTA), as well as the Addendum to EU SCCs, came into force today as appropriate safeguards for transfers of personal data from the UK to third countries under Article 46 of the UK GDPR.  As part of the transitional arrangements the old EU SCCs (with appropriate […]

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What’s happening with UK international data transfers?

01/02/22 – If you or your organisation transfers, or may transfer, personal data to third countries, i.e. countries that are not considered to have an ‘adequate’ level of data protection (which currently includes the U.S.), then read on.  If not, then feel free to skip. Back in August last year we looked at a brand new international […]

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Smart legal contracts – the Law Commission’s advice to the Government

10/12/21 – On 25th November 2021, the UK Law Commission published its advice to the Government on smart legal contracts. The advice expands on the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce’s legal statement on cryptoasset and smart contracts – see my post here. The Law Commission concludes that current legal principles can be applied to smart contracts in […]

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CJEU decides that downloaded software is a sale of goods, not services

23/10/21 – Back in 2013 The Software Incubator was appointed by Computer Associates as a sales agent to promote and market Computer Associates’ application service automation software, which was deployed by CA’s customers to manage applications across data centres.  The software was downloaded by customers directly from Computer Associates’ servers, subject to a perpetual licence […]

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What’s happening with SCCs? – Part 3 (UK SCCs)

Part 1 and Part 2 of the What’s been happening with SCCs? updates have tracked the EU’s and the UK’s progress in developing standard contractual clauses (SCCs) to deal with the transfer of personal data to third countries, i.e. countries that are not considered to have an ‘adequate’ level of data protection, as well as […]

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EU-UK data transfers – final update

05/07/21  (updated) – As part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement the EU and the UK agreed a six-month ‘bridging period’, allowing transfers of personal data from the EEA to the UK to continue freely until 30th June 2021, to give the European Commission enough time to adopt the adequacy decisions which are necessary to […]

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What’s happening with SCCs? – Part 2

09/06/21 – At the end of last week, and more than three months later than originally expected, the European Commission published final versions of its new standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of personal data to third countries (New EU SCCs). The New EU SCCs replace the standard contractual clauses adopted by the European […]

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UKJT’s Digital Dispute Resolution Rules

26/05/21 – The UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT) received extensive and overwhelmingly positive publicity for the Legal Statement on the Status of Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts that it published in December 2019 – you can read more about the Legal Statement here. On 22nd April 2021 the UKJT published its Digital Dispute Resolution Rules (Rules) which: Give […]

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What’s happening with SCCs? – Part 1

05/05/21 – If your organisation does not transfer personal data to ‘third countries’, i.e. countries outside the EEA that do not have a UK adequacy finding, then breathe a sigh of relief and feel free to go and do something else.  If, however, your organisation does transfer personal data to a ‘third country’ (which for […]

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Overview of the European Commission’s proposed AI regulation

26/04/21 – The European Commission aims to turn the EU into ‘the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI)’.  With that objective in mind, on 21st April 2021 the Commission published its Proposal for a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence. Very interesting, I’m sure.  But presumably not relevant to those of us […]

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