In-house news vlog – March 2015

In-house news vlog – March 2015

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Section 1 of 5: Data Protection & Security (tune in from 00.24)

  • Right to be forgotten

Ever since the landmark case that gave individuals the right to have Google links to information about them removed in certain instances, known as the right to be forgotten, Google has been inundated with delisting requests.

The Advisory Council to Google has now issued guidance which summarises the criteria that should be used for delisting requests. The Council has identified four sets of criteria to be used by Google when considering delisting requests. None of these four are determinative by themselves. The criteria is; the data subject's role in public life, the nature of the information - public or private interest, the source of information and motivation for publishing it and the timing and relevance of the information. The Council has also made it clear that the protection of human rights is a responsibility of the state, and in the cases where there are limitations to these rights, it is the state, rather than Google, which must make the decision.

  • Bring your own device (tune in from 01:20)

The continuing trend towards bring your own device policies, which allows employees to use their own electronic devices rather than their employers, offers many advantages, not least the possible cost savings and, as it is often something that workers request, it should help to boost employee engagement. Any implementation of a BYOD policy does require careful thought to ensure that data security risks, that will inevitably arise,

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About the author:
Helen Hart studied in Cardiff and Germany and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after a training contract at Allen & Overy in London and Frankfurt. She spent over six years working in-house at Centrica plc and Palm Europe Limited focusing mainly on consumer, advertising and data protection law before returning to private practice at Stevens & Bolton where she was an associate in the corporate and commercial team. She worked for a legal publisher between 2008 and 2012 and has also worked in local government library services. Her main areas of expertise are general commercial law, advertising law and consumer law.