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Risk & Compliance forecast
Financial crime prevention
Risk & Compliance forecast (as at 18 May 2021) is now live. This month, we
report on issues including (1) the government’s progress report on its
economic crime plan; (2) a call for views on supply chain cybersecurity; (3)
the ICO’s data sharing code of practice; and (4)
whistleblowing. You can rest assured we’re tracking forthcoming
regulatory changes so you can plan ahead.
Practice Note: Risk & Compliance
forecast as at 18 May 2021.
Locatefamily.com fined €525,000 for failure to appoint data protection representative
the most overlooked obligations in the EU’s General Data Protection
Regulation (EU GDPR) is the requirement for organisations who are subject to EU
GDPR but outside the EEA to appoint a data protection representative (DPR). But
that’s likely to have much more attention now
with the fine announced on 12 May 2021 for Locatefamily.com from the
Netherlands supervisory authority (the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens or AP) for
failure to appoint a DPR. Jonathan Armstrong and André Bywater of Cordery
Analysis: Locatefamily.com fined €525,000 for failure to appoint data protection representative.
ICO fines company for misusing coronavirus (COVID-19) contact tracing QR codes
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined
Tested.me Ltd £8,000 for sending nearly 84,000 nuisance marketing emails using
data acquired for contact tracing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The company provides digital contact tracing services by offering QR codes for
people to scan when entering businesses. In a separate investigation, the ICO
contacted 16 QR code providers to ensure personal data was being used
See: LNB News 18/05/2021 108.
ICO welcomes laying of Data Sharing Code of Practice before Parliament
has published a statement in response to the Data Sharing Code of Practice
being laid before Parliament on 18 May 2021. The statement welcomes the code,
noting that it ‘aims to give businesses and organisations
the confidence to share data in a fair, safe and transparent way, and it
dispels many of the remaining myths about data sharing’. The ICO’s statement goes on to say
that ‘data sharing will be central to the UK’s recovery’ from the coronavirus
pandemic, and that the regulator will continue to work alongside organisations
and other stakeholders ‘as part of our ongoing work
on addressing perceived barriers to data sharing, helping them better
understand how they can share information appropriately’. The code is to lay before
Parliament for 40 sitting days before it comes into force.
See: LNB News 18/05/2021 15.
Biden’s cybersecurity order likely to reach beyond US Government
The US Biden administration has taken a major step toward curtailing a growing
scourge of cyberattacks with a new executive order that not only imposes
heightened cybersecurity requirements on the federal government and its
contractors but also sets a strong example that’s likely to rub off on
Analysis: Biden’s cybersecurity order likely to reach beyond US Government.
DCMS publishes call for views on supply chain cybersecurity
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced a call
for views on supply chain cybersecurity and how organisations manage supply
chain cyber risk. This call for views requests feedback on existing guidance
for supply chain cyber risk management, intends to test the suitability of a
proposed framework for managed service provider security and will include an
anonymous summary of responses received, which will be published in late 2021.
The call for views will close at 23:59 on Sunday 11 July 2021. This is
part of the government’s wider work on cyber
resilience and our strategy to make the UK the safest place to live and
work online. This call for views follows government proposals to assist British
businesses with managing cyber risks attached to supply chains and to support
See: LNB News 17/05/2021 62.
EU money-laundering regulator to hold supervisory, intelligence functions, McGuinness says
new EU-wide money laundering watchdog will hold both supervisory and
intelligence functions to fight illicit financial flows across the EU by 2026,
the EU’s Financial Services Commissioner, Mairead
McGuinness, has said.
Analysis: EU money-laundering
regulator to hold supervisory, intelligence functions, McGuinness says.
EU courts told to let Iranian companies use sanction blocking law
London: Iranian banks and businesses should be allowed to ask EU courts to
invoke a blocking law if they think a company has cut ties over fears of
violating US sanctions, a legal adviser told the EU’s top court on 12 May 2021.
Analysis: EU courts told to let
Iranian companies use sanction blocking law.
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